The Alcuin Society

Alcuin Society Book Design Awards2006 Awards Catalogue25th Annual Awards for
Excellence in Book Design
in Canada

for books published in
2006Catalogue (text only PDF)

This Year's Judges

 

The winning books will be exhibited internationally at the Frankfurt and Leipzig Book Fairs, and, in Canada: in Halifax; Wolfville (NS); Montréal; Ottawa; Toronto; Winnipeg; Saskatoon; Edmonton; Vancouver; and Victoria (BC). Here is a summary of the results: the Society received 252 entries from 96 publishers representing 9 provinces and selected 34 winning titles. The categories include: children, limited editions, pictorial, poetry, prose fiction, prose non-fiction, prose non-fiction illustrated, and reference.

The fundamental principle of the judging process is that each book must be considered as a total entity. The judges examine every aspect of each book, including the dust jacket, binding, endpapers, half-title page, copyright page, title page, page layout, typography, integration of illustrations, chapter openings, running heads, reproduction of illustrations, clarity of printing, choice of paper, footnotes, and bibliographical references.

This year, the judges elected not to award some prizes, which is noted in each category with an asterisk *. Their purpose, as is ours, is to encourage the very best in Canadian design, and they feel that giving awards only where they see exceptional merit is the best way to achieve this goal. The Alcuin Society is grateful to the judges for volunteering their time and considerable talent:

  • Alan Brownoff
    Book designer, artist, and teacher
    University of Alberta Press, Edmonton
  • Jan Elsted
    Letterpress printer and teacher
    Barbarian Press, Mission, BC
  • Glenn Goluska
    Book designer, typographer, and letterpress printer
    Imprimerie Dromadaire, Montreal


Children*

1st Prize

Title

When You Were Small

Designer

ROBIN MITCHELL

Publisher

Simply Read Books

2nd Prize

Title

L'Envers de la chanson

Designer

ANDRÉE LAUZON

Publisher

Les 400 Coups

Hon. Mention

Title

Casey at the Bat

Designer

KAREN POWERS

Publisher

Kids Can Press

Hon. Mention

Title

One Winter Night

Designer

ROBIN MITCHELL

Publisher

Simply Read Books

Hon. Mention

Title

Philou, architecte et associés

Designer

ANDRÉE LAUZON

Publisher

Les 400 Coups



Limited Editions

1st Prize

Title

Apikoros Sleuth

Designer

JIM ROBERTS & ROBERT MAJZELS

Publisher

Moveable Inc.

2nd Prize

Title

Smoking With My Mother

Designer

DAWNA ROSE & BETSY ROSENWALD

Publisher

JackPine Press

3rd Prize

Title

Residual

Designer

JASON DEWINETZ

Publisher

Greenboathouse Books

Hon. Mention

Title

La Nature humaine en 36 états

Designer

LAURENT PINABEL

Publisher

Les Éditions de la nature humaine



Pictorial

1st Prize

Title

B.C. Binning

Designer

GEORGE VAITKUNAS

Publisher

Douglas & McIntyre

2nd Prize (tie)

Title

L'Ombre du doute

Designer

TOMASZ WALENTA

Publisher

Les 400 Coups

2nd Prize (tie)

Title

Manawa : Pacific Heartbeat

Designer

JESSICA SULLIVAN

Publisher

Douglas & McIntyre

3rd Prize

Title

Arthur Erickson : Critical Works

Designer

Peter Cocking

Publisher

Douglas & McIntyre

Hon. Mention

Title

SweaterLodge

Designer

ROBIN MITCHELL

Publisher

Simply Read Books/BlueImprint

Hon. Mention

Title

Arctic Spirit

Designer

GEORGE VAITKUNAS

Publisher

Douglas & McIntyre



Poetry*

2nd Prize (tie)

Title

The Book of Were

Designer

TIM INKSTER

Publisher

The Porcupine's Quill

2nd Prize (tie)

Title

Wide Slumber for Lepidopterists

Designer

BILL KENNEDY

Publisher

Coach House Books

3rd Prize (tie)

Title

Fathom

Designer

ANDREW STEEVES

Publisher

Gaspereau Press Limited

3rd Prize (tie)

Title

L'Oiseau, le vieux-port et le charpentier

Designer

ANNE-MAUDE THÉBERGE

Publisher

L'Hexagone

Hon. Mention

Title

Good Meat

Designer

ZAB DESIGN & TYPOGRAPHY

Publisher

Pedlar Press

Prose Fiction*

1st Prize

Title

A Good Death

Designer

Jessica Sullivan

Publisher

Douglas & McIntyre

3rd Prize

Title

Sugar Bush

Designer

KAREN KLASSEN [cover]
& HEIMAT HOUSE [interior]

Publisher

Anvil Press

Hon. Mention

Title

Fabrizio's Return

Designer

CS RICHARDSON

Publisher

Knopf Canada

Prose Non-Fiction*

1st Prize

Title

The Tree of Meaning

Designer

ANDREW STEEVES & ROBERT BRINGHURST

Publisher

Gaspereau Press Limited



Prose Non-Fiction Illustrated

1st Prize

Title

Saltwater City

Designer

PETER COCKING & NAOMI MACDOUGALL

Publisher

Douglas & McIntyre

2nd Prize

Title

Mars et Avril, t.II

Designer

ROXANA ZEGAN

Publisher

Les Éditions de la Pastèque & Diesel

3rd Prize

Title

A Canadian Saturday Night

Designer

NAOMI MACDOUGALL & PETER COCKING

Publisher

Greystone Books

Hon. Mention

Title

A Road for Canada

Designer

ROBERTO DOSIL

Publisher

Stanton Atkins & Dosil

Hon. Mention

Title

Unsettling Encounters

Designer

GEORGE VAITKUNAS

Publisher

UBC Press

Hon. Mention

Title

Towards an Ethical Architecture

Designer

ELISA GUTIÉRREZ

Publisher

Simply Read Books/BlueImprint



Reference

1st Prize

Title

Vij's : Elegant and Inspired Indian Cuisine

Designer

NAOMI MACDOUGALL & PETER COCKING

Publisher

Douglas & McIntyre

2nd Prize

Title

Piano, Piano, Pieno

Designer

SHARON KISH

Publisher

HarperCollins

3rd Prize

Title

Faces on Places

Designer

INGRID PAULSON

Publisher

House of Anansi Press

Hon. Mention

Title

Hiking the West Coast of Trail

Designer

JESSICA SULLIVAN & PETER COCKING

Publisher

Greystone Books

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