Announcing 2005 PubWest Design Award Winners

Recognizing superior design and outstanding production quality of books, catalogs, and websites in ten different categories, Publishers Association of the West (PubWest) announces this year’s winners of the prestigious Western Regional Book Design and Production Awards.

Nearly 150 entries were judged on typography, jacket/cover design, interior design, format, selection of materials used, and printing and binding production quality. Said program chair Kathleen Cubley of The Mountaineers Books in Seattle, “The entries represented the very best of publishing, and were spectacular examples of the talent that resides in the west. Our judges were impressed with the offerings in each category, and picking a winner was tough! There were many books that were separated by just a couple points, and this is testimony to the quality of work submitted. It was wonderful to see the variety of topics from publishers throughout the western region—what a vibrant publishing community we enjoy!"

The Trade Book, Non-illustrated (25% or less) winner is The King's English: Adventures of an Independent Bookseller by Betsy Burton (Gibbs Smith, Publisher); the Trade Book, Illustrated (more than 25%) winner is Passions in Print by Pamela Smith with Richard Polese (Museum of New Mexico Press). Other categories include Guide/Travel Book, Children/Young Adult, and Art/Photography. A complete list of winners is available at the PubWest website.

Winners will be recognized at the National Publishing Conference luncheon on November 4, 2006. Contact the PubWest office for details about attending this event. The winning entries become a part of a traveling exhibit and are displayed at trade shows and book fairs throughout 2006.

Publishers Association of the West is a not-for-profit trade organization created to serve the needs of its members and as a forum for the discussion of publishing issues. The Association's membership ranges from small independent presses to publishers with worldwide operations. Affiliate members include printers, designers, binderies, and publishing freelancers.