The Alcuin Society

Alcuin Society Book Design Awards2007 Awards Catalogue26th Annual Awards for
Excellence in Book Design
in Canada

for books published in
2007   Catalogue (PDF)

This Year's Judges

 

The winning books will be exhibited internationally: in Germany, at the Frankfurt and Leipzig Book Fairs; and in Japan, at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo, in conjunction with the Tokyo International Book Fair. In Canada, they will be shown in St. John's (NL), Wolfville and Halifax (NS), Fredericton (NB), Montréal (QC), Toronto (ON), Winnipeg (MB), Saskatoon (SK), Edmonton (AB), and Vancouver and Victoria (BC). Here is a summary of the results: the Society received 254 entries, from 9 provinces and 91 publishers, and selected 35 winning titles. The categories include: children, limited editions, pictorial, poetry, prose fiction, prose fiction illustrated, prose non-fiction, prose non-fiction illustrated, and reference.


Book Design Awards 2007


Winning books representing the best of the current Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada will be sent to the international book design competition in Leipzig, Germany, next February (2009), as they have been for the past several years. We are pleased to announce that one book from last year's Alcuin competition (2006 publications) was shortlisted in Leipzig. The designers were:

  • JIM ROBERTS & ROBERT MAJZELS, designers of Apikoros Sleuth by Robert Majzels (Moveable Inc.)

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:

  • Sue Colberg
    Associate Professor and Associate Chair
    Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Art & Design at the University of Alberta
  • Jason Dewinetz
    Book designer, publisher, teacher
    Greenboathouse Books, Vernon, BC
  • Tim Inkster
    Book designer, typographer, and press printer
    The Porcupine's Quill, Erin, ON


Children

1st Prize

Title

Mechanimals

Designer

TERESA BUBELA & CHRIS TOUGAS

Publisher

Orca Book Publishers

2nd Prize

Title

A Growling Place

Designer

THOMAS AQUINAS MAGUIRE, DIMITER SAVOFF, & ELISA GUTIÉRREZ

Publisher

Simply Read Books

3rd Prize

Title

ABC Spook Show

Designer

SUE LEPARD (10FOUR DESIGN GROUP)

Publisher

Simply Read Books

Hon. Mention

Title

The Moon Rock

Designer

ELISA GUTIÉRREZ

Publisher

Simply Read Books

Hon. Mention

Title

Jack Pine

Designer

MICHAEL SOLOMON

Publisher

Groundwood Books



Limited Editions

1st Prize

Title

Amours de Voyage : an Epistolary Novella in Verse

Designer

CRISPIN ELSTED

Publisher

Barbarian Press

2nd Prize

Title

An American Gallery : Twenty Five Years of Photography

Designer

MICHAEL TOROSIAN

Publisher

Lumiere Press

3rd Prize

Title

A Body of Parts, vol. 1. Allusion by Jessica Sullivan

Designer

JESSICA SULLIVAN

Publisher

Jessica Sullivan

Hon. Mention

Title

Book of Hours : a Wordless Novel Told in 99 Wood Engravings

Designer

GEORGE WALKER

Publisher

George Walker



Pictorial

1st Prize

Title

Joe Fafard

Designer

PETER COCKING

Publisher

Douglas & McIntyre

2nd Prize

Title

Fred Herzog : Vancouver Photographs

Designer

PETER COCKING

Publisher

Douglas & McIntyre

3rd Prize

Title

of Dressed to Rule : 18th Century Court Attire in the Mactaggart Art Collection

Designer

ALAN BROWNOFF

Publisher

The University of Alberta Press

Hon. Mention

Title

Spotted Owls : Shadows in an Old-Growth Forest

Designer

JESSICA SULLIVAN & NAOMI MACDOUGALL

Publisher

Greystone Books

Hon. Mention

Title

Start, Stop

Designer

RAPHAËL DEAUDELIN & ANOUK PENNEL

Publisher

Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery



Poetry*

1st Prize

*

Not awarded in this category

2nd Prize

Title

Found

Designer

ZAB DESIGN AND TYPOGRAPHY

Publisher

Pedlar Press

3rd Prize

Title

Gaspereau Gloriatur : Liber Beati Anni Decimi, vol. 1. Poetry

Designer

ANDREW STEEVES AT GASPEREAU PRESS

Publisher

Gaspereau Press Ltd.)

Hon. Mention

Title

Poetry as Liturgy : an Anthology by Canadian Poets

Designer

NANCY RUTH JACKSON & STAN BEVINGTON

Publisher

The St. Thomas Poetry Series



Prose Fiction

1st Prize

Title

The End of the Alphabet

Designer

KELLY HILL

Publisher

Doubleday Canada

2nd Prize (tie)

Title

The Bone Sharps

Designer

ANDREW STEEVES AT GASPEREAU PRESS

Publisher

Gaspereau Press Ltd.

2nd Prize (tie)

Title

The Silent Raga

Designer

JESSICA SULLIVAN

Publisher

Douglas & McIntyre

Hon. Mention

Title

Conceit

Designer

CS RICHARDSON

Publisher

Doubleday Canada

Prose Fiction Illustrated

The few books entered in this category were redistributed appropriately.


Prose Non-Fiction

1st Prize

Title

Everywhere Being is Dancing : Twenty Pieces of Thinking

Designer

ROBERT BRINGHURST & ANDREW STEEVES

Publisher

Gaspereau Press

2nd Prize

Title

Great Canadian Film Directors

Designer

ALAN BROWNOFF

Publisher

The University of Alberta Press

3rd Prize

Title

An Enchantment of Birds : Memories from a Birder's Life

Designer

JESSICA SULLIVAN & LISA HEMINGWAY

Publisher

Greystone Books

Hon. Mention

Title

Where the Silence Rings : a Literary Companion to Mountains

Designer

PETER COCKING

Publisher

Greystone Books



Prose Non-Fiction Illustrated

1st Prize

Title

Culturing Wilderness in Jasper National Park : Studies in Two Centuries of Human History in the Upper Athabasca River Watershed

Designer

ALAN BROWNOFF

Publisher

The University of Alberta Press

2nd Prize

Title

12 mois sans intérêt : journal d'une dépression

Designer

CATHERINE LEPAGE

Publisher

Mécanique générale

3rd Prize (tie)

Title

Food

Designer

GILBERT LI & LAUREN WICKWARE

Publisher

Alphabet City Media

3rd Prize (tie)

Title

Warehouse Journal 016

Designer

CEDRIC BOULET & ADAM ROBINSON

Publisher

University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture

Hon. Mention

Title

Coup de foudre, clichés et autres atrocités

Designer

BRUNO RICCA

Publisher

Les 400 coups

Hon. Mention

Title

Recording their Story : James Teit and the Tahltan

Designer

PETER COCKING

Publisher

Douglas & McIntyre



Reference

1st Prize

Title

Fresh : Seasonal Recipes Made with Local Ingredients

Designer

PETER COCKING & NAOMI MACDOUGALL

Publisher

Douglas & McIntyre

2nd Prize

Title

Cioppino's Mediterranean Grill : a Lifetime of Excellence in the Kitchen

Designer

PETER COCKING

Publisher

Douglas & McIntyre

3rd Prize

Title

The Freshwater Fishes of British Columbia

Designer

MARVIN HARDER

Publisher

The University of Alberta Press

Hon. Mention

Title

Pasta et cetera à la di Stasio

Designer

ORANGETANGO

Publisher

Flammarion Québec

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