Alcuin Society Awards Evening in Toronto

On October 2, the Alcuin Society held their annual ceremony honouring the winners of the 2016 Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada. The evening took place at the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, and featured not only the lovely award-winning books, but also a talk by celebrated illustrator and book designer, Frank Viva. DA’s Don McLeod was on hand to take some photos.

David Phillips

David Phillips, president of the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, greets attendees at the Alcuin awards evening.

Chester Gryski

Host Chester Gryski recognizes some of the winning book designs

Frank Viva

Designer and illustrator Frank Viva gave the keynote speech.

Book designers Peter Ross and Linda Gustafson

Book designers Peter Ross and Linda Gustafson of Counterpunch Inc.

Grant Hurley, Linda Gustafson, Frank Viva, and Chester Gryski

Grant Hurley, Linda Gustafson, Frank Viva, and Chester Gryski at the Alcuin awards evening.

Alcuin winners

A smiling group: Kate Hargreaves, Benoȋt Tardif, Frank Viva, Chester Brown, Beth Oberholtzer, Raphael Daudelin, Marlene MacCallum, Daniel Canty, Branden Douglas, Anouk Pennel, Esmé Shapiro.


portraitA huge congratulations to all! Be sure to check out the full list of Alcuin Award winners and browse the lovely designs.


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The Devil's Artisan is remarkable in Canadian publishing in that most of the physical production of our journal is completed in-house at the shop on the Main Street of Erin Village. We print on a twenty-five inch Heidelberg KORD, typically onto acid-free Zephyr Antique laid. The sheets are then folded, and sewn into signatures on a 1907 model Smyth National Book Sewing machine.

To take a virtual tour of the pressroom, visit us at YouTube for a discussion of offset printing in general, and the operation of a Heidelberg KORD in particular. Other videos include Four Colour Printing, Smyth Sewing and Wood Engraving. Photographs of production machinery used on these pages were taken by Sandra Traversy on site at the printing office of the Porcupine's Quill, December 2008.

The Devil's Artisan would like to acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Magazine Fund (CMF) through the Support for Arts and Literary Magazines (SALM) component toward our editorial and production costs. Thanks, as well, for the generosity of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Sleeman Brewing Company.