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June 9-23

Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada, 2016 Winners

The Alcuin Society has announced the winners of its Annual Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada. The best-looking books of 2016 will be exhibited in the Special Collections and University Archives reading room from June 9-23.

This year's judges, Judith Poirier, Matt Warburton, and Robin Mitchell Cranfield, selected 35 winning titles from 211 entries, from 9 provinces and 93 publishers.

A list of the winning titles is available through the Alcuin Society website.

Dates: June 9-23, 2017

Location: Special Collections and University Archives, Mearns Centre for Learning—McPherson Library, Room A005


June 10

Barbarian Press: Film Screening and Panel

Jan and Crispin Elsted (Barbarian Press), Dr. Nicholas Bradley (UVic English Department), Heather Dean (UVic Libraries)

Join us for a screening of a short documentary film, Barbarian Press, by filmmaker Sarah Race. The film explores the work of Jan and Crispin Elsted who are proprietors of Barbarian Press, an award-winning and internationally regarded private letterpress publisher based in Mission, British Columbia. A panel with the Elsteds, convened by Dr. Nicholas Bradley and Heather Dean, will follow the film.

This event is part of the annual conference for the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing hosted by UVic Libraries and the Electronic Textual Cultures Laboratory.

As seating is limited, please register to ensure a spot.

Date: June 10, 2017

Time: 3:15 p.m.

Location: Room A308, Mearns Centre for Learning—McPherson Library


We welcome members of the campus and community for tours of our collection holdings.  To request a tour, please contact us at: .


Special Collections and University Archives hosts workshops that prepare graduate students for in-depth research with rare books and archives.

Past Events

Treasures and Tea, Spring 2015

Treasures and Tea, Fall 2015

Unravelling the Code(x): History of the Book Speaker Series and Symposium, 2015-16

Treasures and Tea, Spring 2016

Treasures and Tea, Spring 2017

Manuscripts in the Curriculum, Spring 2017

Past Exhibits, 2017-