As many of you know, I’m pretty obsessed with book design. I’m not the kind of person who can tell you at a glance how many picas a book has for its margins, or what exact font the body text and headers are using, but the general aesthetic fascinates me, and I love looking at and examining interior book design (one day, I’ll add cover design to my repertoire).
It should come as no surprise, then, that when I heard that Canada has its own book design appreciation society, that I wanted to join right away. In early September (I know, I’m late blogging about this!) I went to the Alcuin Society’s Awards for Excellence in Book Design award ceremony. Part of the reason I heard about it is that the Director for MPub (John Maxwell) was also MCing the event.
The award show was held at Emily Carr University, which I had a hard time getting to because I decided to walk across the Granville Bridge (on the wrong side for quick exiting) in flats with very little support. The award show was small, but the books were really interesting, including my favorite, a book that set up their running headers to mirror each other exactly (so the left side was backwards, but readable).
I didn’t get photos of the books, as it didn’t seem like an “allowed” thing, but the event was followed by a panel on graphic storytelling with Johnnie Christmas (the illustrator of Margaret Atwood’s Angel Catbird) I found the panel really interesting, though there were some moments of tension, once when an audience member heckled another audience member (!), and another when two of the panelists admitted very different emotional reactions to starting their creative process for the day.
The event made me curious about other possible societies out there, and I figured I’d share the links here, in case anyone is interested:
Do you know of any others? Let me know!