Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Eco-Friendly Books Dominate Design World

The BPANZ Book Design Awards 2008 shortlist was announced today, with a list dominated by beautiful books with eco-friendly themes and a social conscience.

With subjects ranging from recycling to organic farming, Bill Hammond's art to Cook Islands tivaevae quilting, the list represents the best in book design for books released in 2007. Dear to Me is also included¸ an anthology that features well-known New Zealanders' favourite poems, and gives all royalties from sales to Amnesty International.

The judges had a tough time narrowing the field to just twelve titles, and this was a process not without conflict, with a few books' inclusion splitting the team of three judges led by New Zealand Listener's Guy Somerset. They were looking for "the complete package: the book whose insides matched their outside for the thought and care that had gone into them, striving for something a little bit different, or a little bit better".

A new player in the Book Design Awards, Scholastic's Vasanti Unka, is well-represented with two shortlisted books, What is a Bird? and The Bean's Story, which showcases her own hand-quilting in every illustration.

Also included in the final list are seasoned designers such as Robbie Burton from Craig Potton Publishing, Sarah Maxey for Victoria University Press, and well-known artist and designer Aaron Beehre for Christchurch Art Gallery.

The competition is judged in four categories, including Non-Illustrated, Illustrated, Educational and Children's books, with the winners being announced at the Booksellers' NZ Industry Awards Dinner in late July. There are also highly-coveted Best Cover and Best Book winners chosen from within the shortlist.

The Awards help promote excellence in, and provide recognition for, the best book design in New Zealand, a worthy cause for an oft-overlooked arm of the New Zealand design world.

The Book Publisher's Association of New Zealand is proud to be principle sponsor of the awards. The BPANZ Director Tony Fisk says "The books shortlisted for this year's awards exemplify the very best of book design and it is once again gratifying that the quality of work produced in New Zealand competes favourably with that produced anywhere else in the world."

BPANZ Book Design Awards 2008 SHORTLIST

Non-Illustrated Book
The Wild Green Yonder
Graeme Leather/Dexter Fry
Philippa Jamieson
New Holland Publishers NZ
Dear To Me
Aland Deare
Amnesty International
Random House
A Perfect World
Catherine Griffiths
David Cohen
Random House

Illustrated Book
Sarah Maxey
Laurence Aberhart
Victoria University Press
New Zealand's Wilderness Heritage
Robbie Burton
Les Molloy
Craig Potton Publishing
Bill Hammond: Jingle Jangle Morning
Aaron Beehre
Jennifer Hay et al
Christchurch Art Gallery

Educational Book
What is a Bird?
Vasanti Unka
Feana Tu'Akoi
Scholastic NZ
Astronomy Aotearoa
Marie Low
Robert Shaw
Pearson Education NZ
Ruby-Anne Fenning
Rachael Goddard
Raupo Publishing

Children's Book
The King's Bubbles
Ruth Paul & Mary McIntyre
Ruth Paul
Scholastic NZ
Willy's Dad
Murray Dewhurst & Scott Tulloch
Scott Tulloch
HarperCollins Publishers NZ
The Bean's Story
Vasanti Unka
Tatiana Aslund
Scholastic NZ

Sarah Byrne
021 160 8732
On behalf of BPANZ
Whitireia Diploma in Publishing

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