On Wednesday, October 2, we will have the pleasure to meet and celebrate some of the winners of the Alcuin Awards. Sue Colberg, the designer of The Waiting Room
, will be there to accept the first prize in the Limited Editions category, and Mark Timmings will receive the second prize for Group Search / Memory Palace
in the Pictorial category. Jessica Sullivan really impressed the judges this year, scoring prizes and honourable mentions in five of the eight existing categories, and naturally she will be there to collect. The Children's category - my favourite - will be graced with the presence of both Sara Gillingham, who tied for first and second place, and Robin Mitchell Cranfield, who got a honourable mention. Even if not all winners will be able to make it, those present at the ceremonies will have the privilege of seeing and touching all the winning books. If you want to have a peek before, you can see some of them in the first
recap. Stay tuned for the third.
If this is not enough to convince you to attend this event, wait, there is more. David Esslemont
is the guest speaker and he will give a compelling lecture intriguingly called "Making Books -- and Chili," in which he will talk about his career in book design and his latest project, the cookbook Chili: A Recipe
. This summer, the book received one of the Best in Show Awards at Feast! Celebrating Food and Book Art
at 23 Sandy Gallery
in Portland. Esslemont is an artist, printer and bookbinder who lives in Decorah, Iowa.
The Alcuin Awards Ceremony will take place on October 2, at 7 pm (come at 6:30 if you want to have a chance to look at the winning books), at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, 1399 Johnston Street, in the South Building auditorium. The event is free of charge.
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