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Robert Tauber winner of the 13th Hertzog Award for Excellence in Book Design

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

This announcement just came in from the University of Texas at El Paso:

The University of Texas at El Paso has announced Robert Tauber as the winner of the 13th Hertzog Award for Excellence in Book Design. Tauber was recognized for his design work on Solche Sensationen/Such Sensations, written by Louisa Bertch Green and published by Logan Elm Press (Ohio State University) of Columbus, Ohio in 2010. Honorable Mention recognition went to Lisa Rappoport for The Short Goodbye, published by Littoral Press in 2011, and Andrew Miller-Brown for Aelfric’s Colloquy, published by Plowboy Press in 2010. The awards and the bi-annual Hertzog Lecture will be presented at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 25 in the El Paso Natural Gas Conference Center at UTEP. “Such Sensations is a masterpiece,” said Hertzog Award judge Clay Smith, literary director of the Texas Book Festival and former senior editor at the Austin Chronicle. “Elegant but inviting, it conveys such affection and thoughtful care for its subjects and the chefs featured in the book that it serves as almost a journalistic lesson in honoring your subject.” “Such Sensations is a masterpiece of bookmaking in several respects,” said Bryce Milligan, also a judge as well as the publisher and editor for Wings Press in San Antonio. “The physical object is quite simply delicious — sumptuous paper, delicately colored initial capitals, innovative use of illustrations, the incorporation of copper etching plates (echoing copper cookware) into the binding. Overall, the physical book is a sensual reflection of its topic and of the creativity of the chef authors. It is not quite edible, but certainly a book to whet the appetite for fine fare.” Tauber’s design was one of 70 entries submitted. The competition is open to presses and publishers of all types and sizes. The winner and runners-up will receive national publicity and their works will be exhibited at the UTEP Library. As the winner, Tauber will receive a $1,000 cash prize, framed certificate, and a specially struck bronze medal designed by Hertzog’s long-time associate, the late Tom Lea. The Carl Hertzog Award, named for one of this country’s most accomplished book designers and printers, is designed to celebrate the importance of fine printing as an art, encourage work by new and established artisans, and to recognize outstanding accomplishments in the field. The national competition and lecture are part of Carl Hertzog Day sponsored by the Friends of the University Library. By creating and sponsoring the Hertzog Award, the Friends of the University Library endeavor to underscore the importance of fine printing as an art, to encourage work by new and established artisans, and biennially recognize outstanding accomplishments in the field.

The winning books and a collection of the other entries will be on display in the UTEP Library for several weeks. The winner and honorable mentions will be added to the Carl Hertzog Collection of UTEP Library’s C.L. Sonnichsen Special Collections Department for examination and study. Many of the other entries will also be added to the library’s collection. Marcia Hatfield Daudistel will give the 15th Carl Hertzog Lecture, titled “The Writers at The Pass of The North.” Daudistel most recently was editor of Grace and Gumption: the Women of El Paso. She is also the editor of Literary El Paso, winner of the 2010 Border Regional Library Association Southwest Book Award. Both books were published by Texas Christian University Press in 2012 and 2009, respectively. She has presented at the 2009 Texas Book Festival and moderated at the 2011 festival. She is the 2012 Women’s History Month Conference keynote speaker and has presented at the Texas State Historical Association. Daudistel also serves as the West Texas/Trans Pecos Regional Editor of Texas Books in Review and is a member of the advisory committee for the Made in Texas: Cultivating Teachers to Engage Mexican American Literature in Middle and High School Classrooms project. As the former associate director of Texas Western Press at UTEP, she published books on the history and culture of the Southwest and established the bilingual imprint Frontera Books. She is currently at work on the book Authentic Texas: the People of the Big Bend with co-author and award-winning photographer, Bill Wright. Both the award and the lecture honor the life and work of J. Carl Hertzog (1902-1984), who was responsible for the design and production of some of the most important works of history, folklore, art, and literature in the American Southwest. Not only a printer and publisher, Hertzog was also a highly regarded creative artist whose reputation extended nationwide. More than 250 books and pamphlets appeared under his own name or that of other publishing houses such as Alfred A. Knopf of New York and Little, Brown & Co. of Boston. Information: University Library at 915-747-6720 or 915-747-5683 .

Media Contact: Chris Lechuga Public Affairs Specialist 915-747-5038 news@utep.edu

 

— Paul Razzell

Alcuin Society awards for best-looking limited-edition books of 2010

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

It’s always exciting to see the winners of the annual Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada — especially when FPBA members appear in the top of the list. This year, Crispin Elsted of Barbarian Press and Jason Dewinetz appear three times in the Limited Editions category. And Andrew Steeves of fine press/trade hybrid Gaspereau Press, who also designs the North American issues of Parenthesis, appears four times in various categories. Nice work, gentlemen!

Each year, the Alcuin Society gives award for the best book designs in the the following categories: childrens’, limited editions, pictorial, poetry, prose non-fiction, prose fiction, and reference; the jury changes from year to year. This time round, the entries were judged by Alan Brownoff, Dr. Shelley Gruendler, and CS Richardson. Here’s a few photos of the judges at work. This year there wee 37 winning titles from 217 entries, from 9 provinces and 96 publishers.

In the Limited Edition Category, the winners are:

First prize: CRISPIN ELSTED, designer of The Play of Pericles, Prince of Tyre … by William Shakespeare, edited with commentary by Crispin Elsted; illustrated by Simon Brett (Barbarian Press).

Second prize (tie): JASON DEWINETZ, designer of Alphabetum Romanum: the Letterforms of Felice Feliciano, c.1460 (Greenboathouse Press).

Second prize (tie): LINDA GUSTAFSON, designer of Words Have No Meaning, edited by Zengetsu Myokyo (Enpuku-ji Press).

Third prize (tie): RAPHAËL DAUDELIN, designer of L’Absent by Fernand Ouellette, illustrated by Christian Gardair (les éditions du passage).
Third prize (tie): JASON DEWINETZ, designer of Light & Char by Jake Kennedy (Greenboathouse Press).

The full list of award winners in all categories can be seen here.

— Paul Razzell

Lumiere Press Wins AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers Award

Monday, May 31st, 2010

FPBA member Michael Torosian of Lumiere Press just sent me the very good news that his recent book, Paul Caponigro: On Prior Lane: A Firefly’s Light, has been selected as one of the “50 Books of the Year” by The American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA). (Since 1941, the AIGA has sponsored a juried contest for the 50 best-designed books published the previous year.)

I was very pleased to run Torosian’s detailed account of his process of designing this book in the fall 2009 issue of Parenthesis (#17). (Lumiere Press’s An American Gallery was reviewed in this issue as well.) For anyone who thinks good book design comes easy, this essay is a must read. Torosian recounts his many false starts, dead ends, glimmers of inspiration, late-night frustrations, and trial settings that preceded the book’s final design. It’s great to see his hard work recognized by the AIGA. Congratulations, Michael!

What’s more, Torosian has been awarded a Chalmers Arts Fellowship. As characterized by the Ontario Arts Council, the cultural agency entrusted with administering the award, the aim of the Fellowship is “to provide such support at moments in artists’ careers when a concentration on personal and/or artistic growth or renewal and exploration is most likely to have the greatest impact on their long-term artistic and career development.”

Now would be a good time to head on over to the Lumiere Press website and see what all the fuss is about.

— Paul Razzell

Looking for the complete list of winners of the 2010 Carl Hertzog Awards for Excellence in Book Design

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Help! Does anyone know where I can find the complete list of this years’ winners of the Carl Hertzog Award for Excellence in Book Design? Google has drawn a blank.

University of Texas administers the competition.

Here’s a message for U of T: please share this list of amazing books with the world! And publish some photos. A little publicity, please!

— Paul Razzell

Intima Press receives citation for excellence in book design

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Just heard from Mindy Belloff of Intima Press that her W2LZX received an honorable mention for excellence in book design from the University of Texas, which is home of the annual Carl Hertzog Awards for Excellence in Book Design. W2LZX is Belloff’s tribute ham-radios and her uncle, a ham-radio operator for over 60 years. (W-2-L-Z-X was her uncle’s ham-radio call-name.) This unusual artists’ book also received a very favourable review by David Pankow in Parenthesis 17. This is a well-deserved citation and we look forward to seeing more from Mindy Belloff’s Intima Press.

— Paul Razzell

Canada’s 30 best-designed books: 2010 winners

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

On behalf of The Alcuin Society, this year’s judges (Marian Bantjes, Linda Gustafson, and Peter Koch) have selected 30 winning titles for the 28th annual Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada. The books were chosen from 252 Canadian entries published in 2009, from 9 provinces and 108 publishers.

The Alcuin Award winning books will be exhibited internationally: in Germany, at the Frankfurt and Leipzig Book Fairs; in England, at the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library and the Norwich University College of the Arts; and in Japan, at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo, in conjunction with the Tokyo International Book Fair. The books will also be exhibited in 19 venues across Canada. They will compete in the international book design competition in Leipzig, Germany in February 2011.

This year’s winners are:

CHILDREN
First prize: ROBERT CHAPLIN and SIAN PAIRAUDEAU, designers of Brussels Sprouts & Unicorns: a Book of Rhymes by Robert Chaplin (Robert Chaplin)
Second prize: ELISA GUTIÉRREZ, designer of The Kalevala: Tales of Magic and Adventure by Kirsti Mäkinen, translated by Kaarina Brooks (Simply Read Books)
Third prize: GRACE PARTRIDGE, designer of Ella’s Umbrellas by Jennifer Lloyd (Simply Read Books)
Honourable mentions: MICHAEL SOLOMON, designer both of Alego by Ningeokuluk Teevee (Groundwood Books) and of City Alphabet by Joanne Schwartz (Groundwood Books).

LIMITED EDITIONS
First prize: CHARLES MAYRS and DAVID CLIFFORD, designers of British Columbia: In Light and Dark by Charles Mayrs (Charles Mayrs)
Second prize: JARRETT MORRISON, designer of The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde (The Bowler Press)
Third prize: GABRIELLA SOLTI, designer of The Sensory Delights of Text by Gabriella Solti (Gabriella Solti)
Honourable mentions: JUDITH POIRIER, designer of Dialogue by Judith Poirier (Judith Poirier), and JASON DEWINETZ, designer of This (And That Was That) by JonArno Lawson (Greenboathouse Press).

PICTORIAL
First prize: STUDIO FEED, designers of Far East, Far Westby Benoit Aquin (les éditions du passage)
Second prize: ALAN BROWNOFF, designer of Emblems of Empire: Selections from the Mactaggart Art Collectionby John E. Vollmer & Jaqueline Simcox (The University of Alberta Press)

Third prize: SUSAN COLBERG, designer of Synergies 2009: Prints from the University of Alberta(Dept. of Art & Design, University of Alberta).

POETRY
First prize: ANDREW STEEVES & ROBERT BRINGHURST, designers of Selected Poems by Robert Bringhurst (Gaspereau Press)
Second prize: ANDREW STEEVES, designer of Lean-to by Tonja Gunvaldsen Klaassen (Gaspereau Press)
Third prize: NICOLE LAFOND, designer of J’partirai by François Hébert (les éditions du passage).

PROSE FICTION
First prize: ANDREW STEEVES, designer of The Sentimentalists by Johanna Skibsrud (Gaspereau Press)
Second prize: PETER COCKING, designer of Daniel O’Thunder by Ian Weir (Douglas & McIntyre).

PROSE NON-FICTION
First prize: ANDREW STEEVES, designer of The Marram Grass by Anne Simpson (Gaspereau Press)
Second prize: ROBERT BRINGHURST, designer of At the River’s Mouth by Daphne Marlatt (Institute for Coastal Research, Vancouver Island University)
Third prize: ANDREW STEEVES, designer of A Sound Like Water Dripping: In Search of the Boreal Owl by Soren Bondrup-Nielsen (Gaspereau Press)
Honourable mentions: ROBERTO DOSIL (cover) and M. PAGE (interior), designers both of The Story Behind the Book by Laura Millar (Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing (CCSP) Press) and Translators on Translating by Andrew Wilson (CCSP Press).

PROSE NON-FICTION ILLUSTRATED
First prize: CS RICHARDSON, designer of The Bedside Book of Beasts by Graeme Gibson (Doubleday Canada)
Second prize: PETER COCKING, designer of The Men who Killed Me edited by Anne-Marie de Brouwer & Sandra Ka Hon Chu (Douglas & McIntyre)
Third prize (tie): NAOMI MACDOUGALL, designer of Six String Nation by Jowi Taylor (Douglas & McIntyre)
Third prize (tie): BOB BECK, designer of Comestible/Edible: l’aliment comme matériau/Food as Material by Diane Leclair Bisson (les éditions du passage).

REFERENCE
First prize: SKIPP DESIGN, INC., designers of Living Proof: the Essential Data-Collection Guide for Indigenous Use-and-Occupancy Map Surveys by Terry N. Tobias (Ecotrust Canada/UBCIC)
Second prize: UNIFORM, designers of Connaître les droits de l’enfant by Bureau international des droits des enfants (IBCR) (Les éditions de la courte échelle)
Third prize: NAOMI MACDOUGALL, designer of Araxi: Seasonal Recipes from the Celebrated Whistler Restaurant by James Walt (Douglas & McIntyre).

The Alcuin Society (www.alcuinsociety.com) 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 journal, Amphora, and organizes lectures, workshops, exhibitions, and field visits on various aspects of the book.

For more information, please contact Leah Gordon, Alcuin Society Design Competition Committee Chair, awards@alcuinsociety.com, 604.732-5403.

Cast your vote for best book of 2009 in the New England Art Awards

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

This morning I learned that Kat Ran Press’s The Certainty of Numbers has been nominated for the New England Art Awards’ Best Book of 2009. According to Kat Ran Press’s Michael Russem, “These awards are sponsored by The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research, which, despite the fact that it presently has a picture of Paris Hilton at the top of its Web page, seems to be a useful survey of New England museums and galleries. If (alas) a Republican can win Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat, then our little book, printed in an edition of sixty copies has a chance at winning the Best Book title of 2009.” To vote, click here. The Book category is at the top of the page so just click the dot next to Michael Russem of Kat Ran Press in Cambridge and Florence, Mass., publisher of ‘The Certainty of Numbers,’ written by Bruce Snider and illustrated by Michael Russem. Enter your name and e-mail then click submit ballot at the bottom of the page. The whole thing shouldn’t take more than a minute.

We wish Michael and the whole Kat Ran Press team the best of luck.

— Paul Razzell

Chad Pastotnik and James Dissette win the Carl Hertzog Award for Excellence in Book Design

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Heart of Darkness (Chester River Press)

I have just learned that Chad Pastonik has won the Carl Herzog Award for Excellence in Book Design for his work on Heart of Darkness (Chester River Press, 2008). Chad and the runners-up will receive national publicity and their works will be exhibited in the University Library of the University of Texas at El Paso for two months after the announcement of the award on February 6, 2010.

Chad will receive a $1,000 cash prize, a framed certificate, and a specially struck bronze medal designed by Hertzog’s long-time associate, the late Tom Lea.
By creating and sponsoring the Hertzog Award, the Friends of the University Library endeavor to underscore the importance of fine printing as an art, to encourage work by new and established artisans, and to biennially recognize outstanding accomplishments in the field. Previous winners of the award include Gerald Lange, Patrick Reagh, Mark Argetsinger, Enid Mark, Gaylord Schanilec and Robert Buchert.
Chester River Press’s Heart of Darkness will be reviewed in Parenthesis 19, due out in the fall of 2010.
Congratulations, Chad!
— Paul Razzell

I have just learned that Chad Pastotnik and James Dissette have won the Carl Hertzog Award for Excellence in Book Design for their work on Heart of Darkness (Chester River Press, 2008). Chad, James, and the runners-up will receive national publicity and their works will be exhibited in the University Library of the University of Texas at El Paso for two months after the announcement of the award on February 6, 2010.

Chad and James will share a $1,000 cash prize, a framed certificate, and a specially struck bronze medal designed by Hertzog’s long-time associate, the late Tom Lea.

By creating and sponsoring the Hertzog Award, the Friends of the University Library endeavor to underscore the importance of fine printing as an art, to encourage work by new and established artisans, and to biennially recognize outstanding accomplishments in the field. Previous winners of the award include Gerald Lange, Patrick Reagh, Mark Argetsinger, Enid Mark, Gaylord Schanilec and Robert Buchert.

Chester River Press’s Heart of Darkness will be reviewed in Parenthesis 19, due out in the fall of 2010.

Congratulations, Chad and James!

— Paul Razzell

Carl Hertzog Award for Excellence in Book Design: entries due by October 1

Monday, July 27th, 2009

From the Herzog Award Competition press release:

Announcing the twelfth Carl Hertzog Award for Excellence in Book Design sponsored by the Friends of the University Library University of Texas at El Paso

The competition is open to presses and publishers of all types and sizes. The winner and runners-up will receive national publicity and their works will be exhibited in the University Library of the University of Texas at El Paso for two months after the announcement of the award on February 6, 2010.

The winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize, a framed certificate, and a specially struck bronze medal designed by Hertzog’s long-time associate; the late Tom Lea.

By creating and sponsoring the Hertzog Award, the Friends of the University Library endeavor to underscore the importance of fine printing as an art, to encourage work by new and established artisans, and to biennially recognize outstanding accomplishments in the field. Questions regarding the competition should be directed to the Library Director, 915-747-5683 or emailed to

llimas [at] utep [dot] edu.

1. Only books and pamphlets, both finely printed and trade items, may be submitted; minimum length is 16 pages.

2. Privately published volumes with a minimum print run of 25 copies are eligible.

3. Entries must be published and entirely produced (designed, typeset or composed, printed, bound, etc.) in the United States.

4. There is a maximum number of five entries allowed, and all must have been printed in 2008 or 2009.

5. Books previously entered are not eligible.

6. Only one copy need be submitted.

7. There is no entry or handling fee.

8. The winning entry will become the property of the University of Texas at El Paso Library and will be placed in the Carl Hertzog Collection. The UTEP Library may keep other entries, at the option of the contestants.

9. While a printer, publisher, or designer can submit an entry, only the designer is eligible to receive the award.

10. All entries must be postmarked by October 1, 2009.

11. Submissions and entry forms should be sent first-class, insured mail to: Hertzog Award Competition

c/o Library Director

UTEP Library

El Paso, TX 79968-0582

Previous winners of the award include Gerald Lange, Patrick Reagh, Mark Argetsinger, Enid Mark, Gaylord Schanilec and Robert Buchert.

—Paul Razzell

2008 AIGA 50 Books, 50 Covers Selections

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

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From the AIGA: ‘After careful and considered review of more than 900 entries, the 2008 jury of the “AIGA 50 books/50 Covers” competition selected a group of 91 examples of outstanding book and book cover design produced in 2008.

The jury’s selections will be mounted as a public exhibition during the “Make/Think: AIGA Design Conference” in October 2009 and at the AIGA National Design Center in New York in December 2009, and will travel across the country to AIGA chapters and student groups during 2010. In addition, selections become part of the AIGA Design Archives, are documented in 365: AIGA Year In Design, and the physical artifacts join the AIGA Design Archives at the Denver Art Museum and the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University.’