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Books that Inspire

Alcuin Society’s 2017 Prize-winning Books On Display In HIL

Winning books from the 36th annual Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada are currently on display at the Harriet Irving Library in the H.R. Stewart Exhibition Room until 9 November 2018.

Viewing hours are Monday to Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

The Harriet Irving Library on the UNB Fredericton campus is the only New Brunswick venue hosting the book exhibit.

Of special note this year is a winning title in the Limited Editions category co-published by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.  Designer FRANCES HUNTER tied for third prize for her work on Oscar Cahén, by Roald Nasgaard … [et al.] (Beaverbrook Art Gallery & The Cahén Archives).

This year’s judges, Sue Colberg, Shelley Gruendler, and Frank Viva, selected 38 winning titles from 235 submissions, from 10 provinces and 107 publishers.  For a list of winners see the Alcuin Society website.

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 organizes lectures, workshops, exhibitions, and field visits on various aspects of the book.

For more information, please contact Archives & Special Collections by email or by telephone (453-4748).

Books That Inspire

Image of 2012 selections of Books that Inspire

I am pleased to announce that we are in the middle of the second compilation of
Books that Inspire! As the Director of Libraries, I believe that books and reading are fundamental, especially as part of the university experience. One description of university impact comes from a wonderful book written by Elizabeth W. Brewster entitled The Invention of Truth:

“I was the Dreamer, they the Dream,” Wordsworth wrote of himself and his surroundings in his college days at Cambridge, at least on his first arrival. Do university students now have this feeling of strangeness, of entering a new world where they hardly recognize themselves? Certainly I wondered at times if I were dreaming in those early days at the University of New Brunswick.

I am sure today’s university students share this sense of wonder at discovering new and challenging ideas that will last a lifetime. When I look back, it was during my own undergraduate years that I discovered so many authors, one book leading to the next, until I had read every book they had published. Wonderful memories! There are millions of books that are not on any course reading list, yet would provide amazing and transformative experiences if opened. That is the incredible power of sharing your experience of the important books that have gone through your hands and changed your lives.

So far this year, the submissions are wide-ranging and thought-provoking. I encourage all faculty and staff to recall the books that have had an impact on their thinking and share the titles and the reasons with our community.

Great reading–discover the Books that Inspire!

John Teskey

Director of Libraries (Fredericton)