Alcuin Society picks best-designed books of 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Vancouver (April 8, 2009) — The Alcuin Society has announced the winners of its 27th annual Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada. The judges, Frank Newfeld, Alan Stein, and E.A. Hobart (Zab), selected 32 winning titles from 233 entries, 7 provinces, and 89 publishers.

“Designers, illustrators, typographers, printers, writers and publishers have collaborated to bring together words, images, type, paper and binding, to express themselves in these works of art,” commented Leah Gordon, Alcuin Society Board member and Design Competition Committee Chair. “All the entries demonstrate that there’s nothing like the look and feel of a well-designed book.”

The winning books will be shown across Canada and exhibited at the Tokyo International Book Fair in Japan, and the Frankfurt and Leipzig International Book Fairs. They will compete in the biggest annual book-design competition in the world, in Leipzig, Germany, in February 2010.

The children’s category winners are:

First prize:
Teresa Bubela and Vladyana Krykorka, designers of The Littlest Sled Dog, by Michael Kusugak (Orca Book Publishers)

Second prize:
Daniel Sylvestre, designer of Ophélie, by Charlotte Gingras (Les editions de la courte échelle)

Third prize (tie):
Robin Mitchell (Hundreds & Thousands Design Inc.), designer of Monkey World: An A-Z of Occupations, by Matthew Porter (Simply Read Books)

Third prize (tie):
Robin Mitchell (Hundreds & Thousands Design Inc.), designer of Where You Came From, by Sara O’Leary (Simply Read Books)

Fourth prize:
Primeau and Barey, designers of Sire Hibou et Dame Chat, by Edward Lear (Dominique et compagnie)

For a complete list of the winners in all categories, please visit the Alcuin Society website.

The Alcuin Society ( is a Vancouver-based not-for-profit society for the support and appreciation of fine books. In addition to the annual Book Design Competition, the Society publishes a quarterly journal, Amphora, and organizes lectures, workshops, exhibitions, and field visits on various aspects of the book.

For more information, please contact Leah Gordon, Alcuin Society Design Competition Committee Chair,, 604.732-5403.