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Archives Display In The H. R. Stewart Exhibition Room

Archives & Special Collections, Harriet Irving Library displays Alcuin Society’s “best looking books of 2011”

Winning books from the 30th annual Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada are currently on display in the H.R. Stewart Exhibition Room, 5th floor, Harriet Irving Library. Viewing hours are Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  The Harriet Irving Library is one of the first Canadian venues to host the 2011 exhibition which runs until 25 July 2012.

Judges selected the 35 winning books from 252 Canadian entries representing nine provinces and 103 publishers. Thirty of the award-winning books are on display including three designed by Gaspereau Press (Kentville, NS).  In the poetry category, their Curious Masonry: Three Translations from the Anglo-Saxon won first prize while Incitements received an honourable mention. The Shell of the Tortoise: Four Essays and an Assemblage, authored by former UNB English Professor Don McKay, received an honourable mention in the Prose – Non-fiction category.

The Alcuin Society (// is a Vancouver-based non-profit society for the support and appreciation of fine books. In addition to the annual Book Design Competition, the Society publishes a quarterly journal, Amphora, and organises lectures, workshops, exhibitions, and field visits on various aspects of the book.

For more information, contact Archives & Special Collections at:  (506) 453-4748 or