Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Monday, June 20, 2016
Judges “spoilt for choice” in PANZ Book Design Awards
again New Zealand’s book designers shine in the build-up to the most
prestigious industry book design awards in New Zealand. “There are some stunning books vying for first place,”
comments convening judge Odessa Owens.
PANZ Book Design Awards 2016 shortlist showcases the diversity and range that
our talented book designers aspire to and achieve. There have been strong
entries this year from both a larger range of publishers and from newcomer
boutique publishers, and the shortlist definitely reflects this.
shortlist has 30 finalists over seven categories: best illustrated book; best
non-illustrated book; best children’s book; best educational book; best
cookbook; best typography; and best cover. The sought-after award for best book
is chosen from the category winners.
judges for the 2016 awards are three accomplished design professionals:
convener Odessa Owens, Programme Leader for the Whitireia Publishing Programme;
Arch MacDonnell, Founder and Creative Director of Inhouse Design; and Rowan
Sommerset, Illustrator and Book Designer for Dreamboat Books.
“It’s been a huge honour to be
part of the judging panel this year and such a pleasure to reward the very
best-looking books of 2015,” says Owens. “We were spoilt for choice in many
categories”. Owens notes that the Illustrated and Best Cover categories were
particularly outstanding, attracting many strong contenders.
The PANZ Book Design Awards will take place at a ceremony held on Thursday
28 July at 6pm at the Maritime Room, Auckland Viaduct.The Allen & Unwin Young Designer of the Year will
also be announced at the awards ceremony.