Posts Tagged ‘Awards’

Cast your vote for best book of 2009 in the New England Art Awards

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

This morning I learned that Kat Ran Press’s The Certainty of Numbers has been nominated for the New England Art Awards’ Best Book of 2009. According to Kat Ran Press’s Michael Russem, “These awards are sponsored by The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research, which, despite the fact that it presently has a picture of Paris Hilton at the top of its Web page, seems to be a useful survey of New England museums and galleries. If (alas) a Republican can win Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat, then our little book, printed in an edition of sixty copies has a chance at winning the Best Book title of 2009.” To vote, click here. The Book category is at the top of the page so just click the dot next to Michael Russem of Kat Ran Press in Cambridge and Florence, Mass., publisher of ‘The Certainty of Numbers,’ written by Bruce Snider and illustrated by Michael Russem. Enter your name and e-mail then click submit ballot at the bottom of the page. The whole thing shouldn’t take more than a minute.

We wish Michael and the whole Kat Ran Press team the best of luck.

— Paul Razzell

Alcuin Society’s 27th Annual Book Design Awards

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

News about the Alcuin Society’s Annual awards for the best Canadian book designs:

‘The Alcuin Society and Emily Carr University would like to invite you to an Awards Ceremony, honouring the designers and publishers of the winners of The 27th Competition for Excellence in Book Design in Canada – 2008.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Gabriele Wilson, a New York-based graphic designer and member of the faculty at Parsons School of Design. After seven years as Senior Designer at Knopf Books, Gabriele now runs a small design studio and continues to work for numerous publishers worldwide designing jackets and illustrated books, as well as creating restaurant branding and music packaging. Her work has been featured in Communication Arts, The New York Times, Metropolis, Print, USA TODAY, By Its Cover: Modern American Book Design, New Vintage Type, Chip Kidd: Book One, and the AIGA 365 and 50 Books/50 Covers competitions. She is originally from Concord, Massachusetts.

Gabriele’s talk — Gabriele Wilson: Greatest Hits (and, um Misses) – will be introduced by the evening’s moderator, Peter Cocking, Creative Director of Vancouver-based Douglas & McIntyre, himself a winner of numerous Alcuin awards.

The event will be held at Emily Carr University, Room 301, on Thursday, October 1st at 7:00 pm. It is a free event, open to the public; everyone is encouraged to attend. The award-winning books will be on display.

During the day, there will be two related workshops. The first (from 10:30-12:30), an interactive seminar/discussion on book design, will be given by Gabriele Wilson and Peter Cocking. The second (from 1:30 to 3:30), by Celia King, will be a hands-on workshop in which participants will create a simply-bound book in hard covers, complete with dust jacket to pressed finish – discussion will explore type design, visual formats and concept presentation for publishing. Registration will be required for both workshops.

For further information, contact Leah Gordon at (604) 732-5403.’

— Paul Razzell

Gaspereau Press Wins Six Alcuin Design Awards

Thursday, April 9th, 2009


I was pleased to read that Andrew Steeves at Gaspereau Press just received six Alcuin Book Design Awards, which are awarded each year to the best book designers in Canada. Andrew also designs the North American issues of Parenthesis. Congratulations Andrew and all the folks at Gaspereau Press! See four of Gaspereau’s award-winning books here. One of the award winners was Wesley Bates’ In Black & White, a review of which will run in the Fall 2009 issue of Parenthesis.

Above: The Muskwa Assemblage by Don McKay, Second Prize for Poetry.

“This letterpress-printed poetry book is the first book which employs a jacket paper handmade by Gary Dunfield at Gaspereau Press. Designed and handprinted by Andrew Steeves at Gaspereau Press.”

— Paul Razzell