Eye of the Beholder

 from Philip Ball's Patterns in Nature

from Philip Ball's Patterns in Nature

A recent issue of Publisher's Weekly declared Patterns in Nature by Philip Ball "The Most Beautiful Book of 2016," describing it as "a jaw-dropping exploration of why the world looks the way it does." One look and it's easy to see why, but "Most Beautiful"? That's rather subjective. While one reader may be drawn to the stunning photography in Ball's book, another may find themselves in awe of the subtle beauty of illustrator Stephen Walton's Counting Lions, while still others may cast their vote for Susan Musgrave's A Taste of Haida Gwaii for its carefree, honest approach to design and photography.

One of our current authors is endeavouring to add her new lifestyle/art book to the mix. With the encouragement of friends, she's turning a lifetime of creative and artful living into a beautiful book of her own (literally: as the ultimate DIY publishing project, she's tackling all of the writing, photography, and design herself – with our guiding hands). Will her book earn a place on next year's "Most Beautiful" list? Who's to judge?

Luckily, we don't have to, as the Alcuin Awards for Excellence in Book Design is tasked with selecting the most beautifully designed books in Canada. Their annual award ceremony is a unique opportunity to pick up those books and meet the authors and designers who created them. This year, the Vancouver award ceremony is tomorrow evening (Thursday, September 22) at 6:30 p.m at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. The event is free, but tickets are required to get in (click here for more info). It's a great evening for book lovers, and we never miss it. Hope to see you there!