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2016  Southwest Book Design and Production Awards

New Mexico Book Association is pleased to announce the list of winners and finalists for the 2016 Southwest Book Design and Production Awards.

Santa Fe, July, 2016: The Southwest Book Design and Production Awards were open to publishers from Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, West Texas, Oklahoma, and Utah.

This is the seventh year that these coveted recognitions reward excellence and creativity in book design and production. They have been awarded to the publishers/designers/ creators of a number of outstanding books produced during the last year. Judges are experienced book professionals and vetted volunteers.

This was SWBD&PA Creator and Coordinator Jim Mafchir’s final year at the helm of the awards. His replacement will be announced in the near future. Both Jim Mafchir and NMBA President Karen Villanueva made the presentations at the Awards Gala on June 17th, 2016 assisted by NMBA Archivist Richard Polese. We heartily congratulate all the winners and thank all who entered the SWBDPA awards.

WINNER

Trade Book Non-Illustrated

I’ll Run Till the Sun Goes Down: A Memoir about Depression and Discovering Art
Sandra Jonas Publishing House, Publisher
David Sandum, Author
Sandra Jonas, Editor
Sandra Jonas, Designer
Sandra Jonas, Production Manager
Neil Gower, Front Cover
Publication Printers, Manufacturer

 

FINALIST

Trade Book Non-Illustrated    

Fortune and Other Secrets
Metakestrel Press, Publisher
Laurie Connor, Author
Barbara Haines (Barbara Haines Design), Designer
Create Space, Book Manufacturer

 

WINNER

Trade Book Illustrated

Laguna Pueblo
University of New Mexico Press, Publisher
Lee Marmon and Tom Corbett, Authors
John Byram, Editor
Lisa Tremaine, Designer
Lisa Tremaine, Production Manager
Lee Marmon, Photographer
Four Colour Imports, Book Manufacturer

 

FINALIST

Trade Book Illustrated

Ballet West
The University of Utah Press, Publisher
Adam Sklute, Author
John Alley, Editor
Jessica Booth, Designer
Jessica Booth, Production Manager
Friesens, Book Manufacturer

 

WINNER

Art and Photography

Laguna Pueblo
University of New Mexico Press, Publisher
Lee Marmon and Tom Corbett, Authors
John Byram, Editor
Lisa Tremaine, Designer
Lisa Tremaine, Production Manager
Lee Marmon, Photographer
Four Colour Imports, Book Manufacturer

 

FINALIST

Art and Photography

Stories from the Camera
University of New Mexico Press, Publisher
Michele Penhall, Author
John Byram, Editor
Lisa Tremaine, Designer
Lisa Tremaine, Production Manager
Four Colour Imports, Book Manufacturer

 

WINNER

Scholarly and Technical

The Mapmakers of New Zion
The University of Utah Press, Publisher
Richard Francaviglia, Author
John Alley, Editor
Jessica Booth, Designer
Jessica Booth, Production Manager
Four Colour Print Group, Book Manufacturer

 

FINALIST

Scholarly and Technical

A River Runs Through Us
Rio Grande Books, Publisher
Richard Melzer and John Taylor, Authors
Paul Rhetts, Designer
Paul Rhetts, Production Manager
Thomson-Shore, Inc., Book Manufacturer
 

WINNER

Guides and Travel Books, Recreation

Nihikéyah dóó Nahasdzἁἁn yikἁa’gi Naaldeehii
(Navajo Language Field Guide)
SJSD Heritage Language Resource Center (Blanding, UT), Publisher
Sebastian Wittig, Author
Rebecca Stoneman, Production Manager
Southwest Printing, Book Manufacturer
 

FINALIST

Guides and Travel Books, Recreation

The Complete Cowboy Bucket list
Rio Grande Books, Publisher
Slim Randles, Author
Paul Rhetts, Editor
Paul Rhetts, Designer
Paul Rhetts, Production Manager
Thompson-Shore, Book Manufacturer

 

FINALIST

Guides and Travel Books, Recreation

20 Herbs for Your Wedding
Crossquarter Publishing Group, Publisher
Avia Lukacs and Therese Francis, Authors
Therese Francis, Designer
Joanna Moore, Artist
Thompson-Shore, Book Manufacturer
 

WINNER

Gift Books

The Quotable Amelia Earhart
University of New Mexico Press, Publisher
Michele Wehrwein Albion, Author
John Byran, Editor
Felicia Cedillos, Designer
Pacific Aviation Museum, Photographer
Thomson-Shore, Inc., Book Manufacturer

 

FINALIST

Gift Books

Silver Rails: The Railroads of Leadville, CO
Sierra Grande Press, Publisher
Christopher James, Author
Christopher James, Ominous Designs, Inc., Designer
Christopher James, Production Manager
Friesens, Book Manufacturer

 

WINNER

Poetry

Rootwork
Andrea L. Watson, Publisher
Veronica Golos, Author
Lesley Cox, FEEL Design Associates, Designer                      
Mike Bletcher, Cottrell Printing, Production Manager
Jorge Mayet, Front Cover Art
Cottrell Printing Company, Book Manufacturer
 

 

FINALIST

Poetry

Geographic: A Memoir of Time and Space

Casa de Snapdragon, LLC, Publisher
Miriam Sagan, Author
Art Brennan, Production Manager
Art Brennan, Designer
David Stabley, Illustrator
Casa de Snapdragon, Book Manufacturer

 

FINALIST

Poetry

Lifted to the Wind Poems 1974-2015
Red Mountain Press, Publisher
Susan Gardner, Author
Susan Gardner, Designer
Susan Gardner, Illustrator
Image Ratio, Book Manufacturer

 

WINNER

Young Adult

Youth on the Santa Fe Trail
Light Horse Publishing, Publisher
Camilla Kattell, Author
Mary Neighbour, Editor
Andrew Neighbour, Designer
Camilla Kattell, Artist
Create Space, Book Manufacturer

  

WINNER

Children

How the Crocka Dog Came to Be
Rio Grande Books, Publisher
Ross Van Dusen, Author
Paul Rhetts, Editor
Paul Rhetts, Designer
Paul Rhetts, Production Manager
Ross Van Dusen, Artist
Thompson-Shore, Book Manufacturer

                                                                                      

WINNER

Children

The Tiniest Tumbleweed
Five Star Publications, Linda Radke, Publisher
Kathy Peach, Author
Conrad J. Storad, Editor
Jeff Yesh, Designer
Patti crane, Production Manager
Alex Lopez, Artist
Courier Graphics Corp., Book Manufacturer

 

FINALIST

Children

What Makes a Snowflake
Rio Grande Books, Publisher
Ross Van Dusen, Author
Paul Rhetts, Editor
Paul Rhetts, Designer
Paul Rhetts, Production Manager
Ross Van Dusen, Artist
Thomson-Shore, Book Manufacturer

 

WINNER

Graphic Novel

Animal Life
INKS, Inc., Publisher
Darryl Lorenzo Wellington, Author
Jamie Chase, Editor
Sasha Pyle, Cover Design
Jamie Chase, Interior Design
Sasha Pyle, Production Manager
Jamie Chase, Illustrator
Robinson/Anderson, Book Manufacturer

 

WINNER

Body, Mind, Spirit

The Booby Blog: A Cancer Chronicle      
Osiris House LLC
Hollis Walker, Author
Peggy Pfeiffer (Bad Dog Design), Designer
Gabi Morwinski, Production Manager
Alexandra Eldridge, Cover Artist
Ingram Spark, Book Manufacturer
 

WINNER

Cover and Jacket Design

Clovis Caches: Recent Discoveries and New Research
University of New Mexico Press, Publisher
Bruce B. Huckell, Author
John Byram, Editor
Catherine Leonardo, Designer
Lisa Tremaine, Production Manager
Bruce B. Huckell and J. David Kilby, Photography
Sheridan Books, Inc., Book Manufacturer

 

FINALIST

Cover and Jacket Design

The Tiniest Tumbleweed
Five Star Publications, Linda Radke, Publisher
Kathy Peach, Author
Conrad J. Storad, Editor
Jeff Yesh, Designer
Patti crane, Production Manager
Alex Lopez, Artist
Courier Graphics Corp., Book Manufacturer

 

FINALIST

Cover and Jacket Design

Irby Brown: Southwest Landscape Paintings
University of New Mexico Press, Publisher
Richard Brunson, Author
John Byram, Editor
Catherine Leonardo, Designer
Lisa Tremaine, Production Manager
Irby Brown, Artist
Oceanic Graphic International, Book Manufacturer

And two new categories this year:

 

The Michael Hice Memorial Award

(to honor the late Michael Hice who gave so much to NMBA and also served his private clients well as a superior publicist) Criteria: a selection for innovative book design

and

The President’s Choice Award: Karen Villanueva 2016
Criteria: Impact of Cover and overall quality of both cover and content production.

WINNER

Michael Hice Memorial Award

Finding Abbey: The Search for Edward Abbey and His Hidden Desert Grave
University of New Mexico Press, Publisher
Sean Prentiss, Author
Clark Whitehorn, Editor
Lila Sanchez, Designer
Maya Allen-Gallegos, Production Manager
John Murray and Lila Sanchez, Artists
Sheridan Books, Inc., Book Manufacturer

WINNER

President’s Choice Award

I’ll Run Till the Sun Goes Down: A Memoir About Depression and Discovering Art
Sandra Jonas Publishing House, Publisher
David Sandum, Author
Sandra Jonas, Editor
Sandra Jonas, Designer
Sandra Jonas, Production Manager
Neil Gower, Front Cover
Publication Printers, Book Manufacturer
 

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If you are interested in any of these books or would like to interview any of the winners, we would be happy to arrange it.

Please contact: Karen Villanueva (239) 877-4248, email: authorcare@aol.com or contact: Susan Waterman, Office Administrator at: email: admin@nmbook.org    

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2015 SWBDA Award Winners

Here are the winning recipients of the 2015 Southwest Book Design and Production Awards, announced and presented on June 17, 2015 at the NMBA Gala and Membership Meeting.  Read More

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