Alcuin Society picks best-designed books of 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Vancouver (April 3, 2012)The Alcuin Society has announced the winners of its 30th 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; in Japan, at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo, in conjunction with the Tokyo International Book Fair; and, in Canada, in eight provinces. Exhibition venues will be posted on the

They winning books will also be entered in the international book design competition in Leipzig, Germany in February 2013. Awards will be given out this fall in both Toronto and Vancouver.

This year’s judges, Stan Bevington, Ingrid Paulson, and Bonne Zabolotney, selected 35 winning titles from 252 entries, from 9 provinces and 103 publishers. The winners in the children’s category are listed below.

First prize:

Michael Solomon, designer of A Few Blocks, by Cybèle Young (Groundwood Books)

Second prize:

Marie-Ève Boisvert, designer of Billy Stuart, by Alain M. Bergeron and Sampar (Samuel Parent) (Éditions Michel Quintin)

Third prize:

Teresa Bubela, designer of Wellington’s Rainy Day, by Carolyn Beck and Brooke Kerrigan (Orca Book Publishers)

Honourable mention:

Michael Solomon, designer of City Numbers, by Joanne Schwartz and Matt Beam (Groundwood 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 awards The Robert R. Reid Award and Medal, for lifetime achievement in the book arts in Canada. It also publishes a 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.