The Alcuin Society’s 50th anniversary talk series

The Alcuin Society is celebrating 50 years with a series of talks. These events look at the changes occurring in the last decades in publishing, book selling and, of course, the Alcuin Society, with specific examples. Unfortunately, this post is a bit belated, so the first talk has already taken place, but there are still two more scheduled for this fall.


The first talk of the series was on September 24 with Alex Rimmer, grandson of Jim Rimmer, of Pie Tree Press. Jim Rimmer, Vancouver native, is known for his work in graphic design, letterpress printing, and typography. He taught and inspired numerous students, sparking the remarkable Jim Rimmer Collection at SFU.

The second talk looks at the ever-changing book selling industry, with Don Stewart, owner of the long-standing MacLeod’s Books on Thursday, October 22, at 7 pm.

The final event on will take a comprehensive look at the Alcuin Society with Dr. Richard Hopkins, member of the society for the last 46 years. Hopkins, owner of Hourglass Books, book seller, collector, lecturer, will approach the society’s history with humour and gusto, in his engaging presentation on Thursday, November 26, at 7 pm.

All the events will be held at the Post at 750 (the CBC building across from VPL Main Branch), 110-750 Hamilton Street in Vancouver. While the events are free, seating is limited, so please RSVP for each event separately via Eventbrite.