Alcuin Society picks best-designed books of 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Vancouver (March 29, 2011)The Alcuin Society has announced the winners of its annual Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada. The winning books will be exhibited in Germany at the Frankfurt and Leipzig Book Fairs, and, in Canada, in every province except PEI. Exhibition venues will be posted on

The winning books will be entered in the international book design competition in Leipzig, Germany in February 2012. Awards will be given out this fall in Toronto (at The Arts & Letters Club) and Vancouver (at Emily Carr University).

This year’s judges, Alan Brownoff, Dr. Shelley Gruendler, and CS Richardson, selected 37 winning titles from 217 entries, from 9 provinces and 96 publishers. The winners in the children’s category are listed below.

First prize:

Jessica Sullivan and Naomi MacDougall, designers of The Little Hummingbird by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas (Greystone Books)

Second prize:

Jean-François Lejeune, designer of Au lit, Moka! by Danielle Marcotte and Laurence Aurélie; illustrated by Sophie Casson (Les Éditions de la courte Échelle)

Third prize:

Sara Bourgoin, designer of Devant ma maison, by Marianne Dubuc (Les Éditions de la courte Échelle)

Honourable mentions:

Karen Powers, designer of Spork, by Kyo Maclear; illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault (Kids Can Press)
Robin Mitchell-Cranfield, designer of Lii Yiiboo Nayaapiwak lii Swer / Owls See Clearly at Night: L’Alfabet di Michif / A Michif Alphabet by Julie Flett (Simply Read Books)

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 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