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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    

NMBA is a non-profit organization. www.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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