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2012 Alcuin Society Award Winners

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Prize winners in the Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design
Hoopla

Hoopla

The Art of Unexpected Embroidery
edition:Paperback
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A Library Journal Best Book of the Year

Alcuin Society Book Design Award winner (1st place, reference books)

Hoopla, by the co-author of the bestselling Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet & Knit Graffiti, showcases those who take the craft of embroidery where it's never gone before, in an astonishing full-colour display of embroidered art. Hoopla rebels against the quaint and familiar embroidery motifs of flowers and swashes, and focuses instead on innovative stitch artists who specialize on unusual …

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A Few Blocks /hc

A Few Blocks /hc

edition:Hardcover

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2011 and a finalist for the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award

"It was time for Ferdie and Viola to go to school. But Ferdie had eleven cars to wash, the highest tower ever to build and a snake drawing that wasn't done . . ."

Ferdie doesn't want to go to school, but go to school he must, and fortunately his imaginative older sister Viola paves the way. She tells him to put on his superfast cape and his rocket blaster boots and then off they go! Time and again Viola u …

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Man Who Killed, The

Man Who Killed, The

A Novel
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

A rye-soaked neo-noir novel about a small-time crook on a crime spree through Prohibition era Montreal.

Montreal, 1926. Mick is down on his luck until an old pal offers him a loaded revolver and a job as a bootlegger riding shotgun in a truck running booze across the border. Stateside Prohibition has opened up a market for certain amusements, vicious or otherwise. Mick takes the job -- and his problems begin.

Through his old friend Jack, Mick falls deeper into the life of the two-bit hood. From w …

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Fred Herzog: Photographs

Fred Herzog: Photographs

Photographs
edition:Hardcover

The definitive book about the stunning oeuvre of a pioneer of colour photography -- Vancouver's Fred Herzog.

 

For more than five decades, Fred Herzog has focused his lens on street life, and his striking colour photographs -- of vacant lots, second-hand shops, neon signs and working-class people -- evoke nostalgia in an older generation and inspire wide-eyed revelation in a younger one.

 

The images that we now consider iconic once relegated Herzog to the margins: his bold use of colour was unusual …

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Curious Masonry

Curious Masonry

edition:Paperback
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Christopher Patton’s translations from the Exeter Book?a volume of Old English poetry used, over centuries, to store gold foil for illumination of texts thought more meaningful?draw the poems into a modern idiom without quieting their unearthly strangeness. His sense of their passage through time also yields "Hearth," a take on "The Earthwalker" that uses type and white space, speech and silence, to embody the "play of duration and flux" consuming both the physical manuscript, and the worried, …

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City Numbers

City Numbers

by Joanne Schwartz
illustrated by Matt Beam
edition:Hardcover

Joanne Schwartz and Matt Beam have discovered numbers in many different forms all over the city. They are on houses and apartment buildings, on store windows and doors, on trucks and garbage bins, on sidewalks and parking spots. They are printed, spray-painted, molded in plastic, chiseled in stone, even torched into metal.

We see these numbers, often unconsciously, every day, but the wonderful photographs in this book prompt us to look at them more closely, becoming aware and alive to the art, se …

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Kesu'

Kesu'

The Art and Life of Doug Cranmer
edition:Paperback

Fully illustrated and engagingly written, K'esu' is the first book to honour this Kwakwaka'wakw artist's ground-breaking work Northwest Coast.

 

Kwakwaka'wakw art is renowned for its flamboyant, energetic and colourful carving and painting. Among the leading practitioners was Doug Cranmer, whose style was understated, elegant and fresh and whose work quickly found an international following in the 1960s. He was an early player in the global commercial art market and one of the first Native artists …

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Two Generals

Two Generals

edition:Paperback

A beautifully illustrated and poignant graphic memoir that tells the story of World War II from an Everyman's perspective.
 
In March of 1943, Scott Chantler's grandfather, Law Chantler, shipped out across the Atlantic for active service with the Highland Light Infantry of Canada, along with his best friend, Jack, a fellow officer. Not long afterward, they would find themselves making a rocky crossing of the English Channel, about to take part in one of the most pivotal and treacherous military …

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