Alcuin Society’s Best-Designed Canadian Books of 2019 Announced

For Immediate Release
October 7, 2020

Vancouver, BC – The Alcuin Society has announced the winners of its 38th annual book design competition, The 2019 Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada. It was held Friday, October 2nd, 2020, at the Library Square Conference Centre @ Vancouver Public Library.

This year’s judges, Teresa Bubela, Emma Novotny, and Matt Warburton, selected 54 winning titles from 237 submissions, from 9 provinces and 112 publishers.

The complete list of winners is now available here.

The Alcuin Society is a Vancouver based non-profit society for the support and appreciation of fine books. In addition to the annual book design competition, the Society publishes a journal, Amphora, and organizes lectures, workshops, exhibitions, and field visits on various aspects of the book.

For more information, please contact The Society.


First Prize (Tie): SARA GILLINGHAM, designer of Hello, Crow by Candace Savage; illustrated by Chelsea O’Byrne (Greystone Kids (imprint));

First Prize (Tie): KELLY HILL, designer of Anne’s Alphabet by Kelly Hill; illustrated by Kelly Hill (Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers);

Second Prize (Tie): MARIE BARTHOLOMEW, designer of Hawks Kettle, Puffins Wheel by Susan Vande Griek; illustrated by Mark Hoffmann (Kids Can Press);

Second Prize (Tie): JOHN MARTZ, designer of It Began With a Page by Kyo Maclear; illustrated by Julie Morstad (Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers);

Third Prize (Tie): SARA GILLINGHAM, designer of Birdsong by Julie Flett; illustrated by Julie Flett (Greystone Kids (imprint));

Third Prize (Tie): JOHN MARTZ, designer of King Mouse by Cary Fagan; illustrated by Dena Seiferling (Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers);

Honourable Mention: JOHN MARTZ, designer of Alma and the Beast by Esmé Shapiro; illustrated by Esmé Shapiro (Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers);

Honourable Mention: MARIE BARTHOLOMEW & ANDREW DUPUIS, designers of Beastly Puzzles by Rachel Poliquin; illustrated by Byron Eggenschwiler (Kids Can Press);

Honourable Mention: JOHN MARTZ, designer of Your First Day of Circus School by Tara Lazar; illustrated by Melissa Crowton (Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers)