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