Following the success of its Annual General Meeting, which featured renowned illustrator Charles van Sandwyk, the Alcuin Society expects a fall filled with engaging book events. The winners of the Alcuin Awards will receive their prizes in not one, but two ceremonies held in Vancouver and Toronto. The Vancouver ceremony will be on September 11, at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and will feature comic book artist Seth [i.e., Gregory Gallant] in an interview on stage with Peter Cocking. The Toronto ceremony, on October 6, will be held at the Arts and Letters Club and the spotlight will be on Alan Stein, who will also exhibit his art and limited editions.
On November 8, the Alcuin Society will organize its now famous Book Auction, where it offers for sale the books that were submitted for the Alcuin Awards. This event funds next year’s awards and will be held at the UBC Golf Club in Vancouver.
For those who are interested in a more hands-on approach to book arts, the Society organizes a workshop about making book enclosures to protect precious books and papers. The workshop will take place on November 22, at the Creekside Community Centre in the Olympic Village, Vancouver.
The details for two other events are still in the works: a reading and discussion with poet and novelist Tim Bowling, and a ceremony in which Crispin and Jan Elsted of Barbarian Press will be awarded the Robert R. Reid Medal for lifetime achievement, also to take place this fall.
Last but not least, the Alcuin Society is proud to showcase a new, redesigned website, with an updated look and improved usability. We invite all to have a look and check out our blog for news and articles about everything book-related. This is just another way we express our love for book design, book arts, and all the dedicated men and women who keep them alive and beautiful.