2013 APA Book Design Awards winners

The winners of this year’s Australian Publishers Association (APA) Book Design Awards have been announced.

Congratulations to the three overall winners:

Things I Love

The Best Designed Book of the Year

Things I Love (Megan Morton, Lantern), designed by Evi Oetomo

The VoyageThe Best Designed Cover of the Year

The Voyage (Murray Bail), designed by W H Chong

The Dreadful Fluff

The Best Designed Children’s Cover of the Year

The Dreadful Fluff (Aaron Blabey, Viking), designed by Elissa Webb and Aaron Blabey Continue reading

‘The Great Gatsby’ book covers

A new film adaptation of The Great Gatsby is due to hit Australian cinemas next week, but book lovers have more than one option when looking to purchase a copy of F Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic book about life in the jazz age.

Official tie-in Random House Vintage Classics (Random House)

Random House has the official film tie-in edition of the book, featuring Leonardo DiCaprio and other actors from the film, and incorporating graphical elements from the film’s poster. Random House also offers an edition in its Vintage Classics range, featuring a simple illustrated cover.

 

Popular Penguin Pink Popular Penguin

Penguin has one edition of Gatsby with the classic orange branding of its Popular Penguins, and another version from its recent range of Pink Popular Penguins, which raises funds for the McGrath Foundation. Both books are in the top ten bestselling Popular Penguins in Australia. Continue reading

APA Book Design Awards 2013

The shortlisted titles for this year’s Australian Publishers Association (APA) Book Design Awards have been announced.

Here’s a look at the covers for the shortlisted titles in the categories of Literary Fiction, Nonfiction and Children’s Picture Books.

Literary fiction

 The Best 100 Poems of Les Murray  Cloudstreet
The Best 100 Poems of Les Murray (Les Murray, Black Inc.), designed by Peter Long Cloudstreet the 21st Anniversary Edition (Tim Winton, Hamish Hamilton), designed by John Canty
 lola_bensky1  Sufficient Grace

Lola Bensky (Lily Brett, Hamish Hamilton) designed by Laura Thomas

Sufficient Grace (Amy Espeseth, Scribe), designed by Allison Colpoys and Miriam Rosenbloom

 the-vivisector  The Voyage

The Vivisector (Patrick White, Vintage), designed by Luciana Arrighi and Midland Typesetters

The Voyage (Murray Bail, Text), designed by W H Chong

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PANZ Book Design Awards 2011 shortlist

Shortlisted titles for the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) Book Design Awards 2011 have been announced:

HarperCollins Award for Best Cover
No Fretful Sleeper: A Life of Bill Pearson (Paul Millar, Auckland University Press) cover design by Keely O’Shannessy. Eep! (Joke van Leeuwen, Gecko Press) cover design by Spencer Levine. Lives of the Poets (John Newton, Victoria University Press) cover design by Greg Simpson.
Mary Egan Award for Best Typography
Classic: The Revival of Classic Boating in New Zealand (Ivor Wilkins, Random House NZ) cover and interior desgin by  Kate Barraclough Hauaga: The Art of John Pule edited by Nicholas Thomas, Otago University Press) design by Fiona Moffat (cover) & Wendy Harrex (cover and interior). Stunning Debut of the Repairing of a Life (Leigh Davis, Otago University Press) cover design by Christine Hansen.
 

Random House New Zealand Award for Best Illustrated Book

Group Architects: Towards a New Zealand Architecture (Julia Gatley, Auckland University Press) design by Spencer Levine (cover) & Katrina Duncan (interior) Blue Smoke: The Lost Dawn of New Zealand Popular Music 1918–1964 (Chris Bourke, Auckland University Press) design by Spencer Levine (cover) & Katrina Duncan (interior). It’s in the Post: The Stories behind New Zealand Stamps (Richard Wolfe, Craig Potton) design by Sarah Elworthy.
 

Hachette New Zealand Award for Best Non-Illustrated Book

Chancers and Visionaries: A History of Wine in New Zealand (Keith Stewart, Random House NZ) design by Katy Yiakmis. The Great Wrong War: New Zealand Society in WWI (Stevan Eldred-Grigg, Random House NZ) design by Pieta Brenton. No Fretful Sleeper: A Life of Bill Pearson (Paul Millar, Auckland University Press) design by Keely O’Shannessy (cover) & Katrina Duncan (interior).
 

Pearson Award for Best Educational Book

School Journal Part 3 Number 3 2010 (Learning Media Te Pou Taki Kōrero) design by Jodi Wicksteed.
Leprechaun Ice Cream ( Learning Media Te Pou Taki Kōrero) design by Liz Tui Morris. Principles of Accounting 4th edition (Murray Smart, Nazir Awan & Richard Baxter, Pearson) by Marie Low (cover) & Esther Chua (interior).
 

Scholastic New Zealand Award for Best Children’s Book

Hester’s Blister (Chris Gurne, Scholastic NZ) design by Sarah Nelisiwe Anderson. Hill and Hole (Kyle Mewburn and Vasanti Unka , Penguin NZ) design by Vasanti Unka.
The Moon and Farmer McPhee (Margaret Mahy, illus by David Elliot, Random House NZ) design by Sarah Elworthy & David Elliot.

 

The winners of this year’s awards, as well as the winner of the Young Designer of the Year Award, will be announced at an awards ceremony at the National Library in Auckland on 25 August.

See more information on the shortlist here.

Who will win best cover of the year?

The shortlisted titles for this year’s Australian Publishers Association (APA) Book Design Awards have been announced. The titles in ‘Best Designed Cover of the Year’ category are:


An Everyday Transience: The Urban Imaginary of Goldfield Photographer John Joseph Dwyer (ed by Philip Goldswain & William Taylor, UWA Publishing) designed by Anna Maley-Fadgyas.

Quay: Food Inspired by Nature (Peter Gilmore, Murdoch Books) designed by Reuben Crossman

Hand Me Down World (Lloyd Jones, Text Publishing) designed by W H Chong

The Gruen Transfer (Jon Casimir, ABC Books) designed by Emily Pacey & Katherine Hall, deLuxe & Associates

The Hard Light of Day (Rod Moss, UQP) designed by Sandy Cull

The Staring Owl (Luke Edwards, Omnibus Books)designed by Luke Edwards

Which one gets your vote?

‘Addition’ rights sales add up

With the film rights to her debut novel Addition just sold, and a new novel—Fall Girl—due in October, things are looking pretty good for Toni Jordan. And that’s before you mention that Addition has now sold into (count them), 16 territories: the US, Brazil, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Israel, Netherlands, Portugal, Quebec, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, the UK and Italy.

Fancy Goods asked the author which of her many international covers she liked best. ‘That’s like choosing between offspring,’ she says. ‘Right now, I love the Italian one [left], but that might just be because it’s the newest. And I really want that coat.’

For Jordan, the international covers are something of a surprise. ‘Even though I don’t have jacket approval in my Australian contract, the publishers were fantastic in showing me their ideas and discussing them with me,’ she says. ‘My first Australian jacket was the toothbrushes. I loved it from the beginning. Kinda quirky, kinda sexy.’

‘The overseas jackets I have no input into whatsoever. They just appear in the mail.’ Continue reading

New Zealand’s best lookin’ books: PANZ Book Design Awards

The winners of this year’s Publishers Association of New Zealand Book Design Awards were announced in Auckland on 22 July:

Gerard Reid Award for Best Book, sponsored by Nielsen Book Services

Random House New Zealand Award for Best Illustrated Book

Cameron Gibb for The Life & Love of Trees (Lewis Blackwell, PQ Blackwell/Hachette New Zealand)

HarperCollins Award for Best Cover

Sarah Laing for Magpie Hall (Rachael King, Random House New Zealand)

Pindar Award for Best Typography

Grant Sutherland, Mission Hall (interior), Robyn Sivewright, Afineline (typesetting), Neil Pardington (cover) for Art at Te Papa (ed by William McAloon, Te Papa Press)

Hachette New Zealand Award for Best Non-illustrated Book

Keely O’Shannessy (cover), Katrina Duncan (interior) for Mirabile Dictu (Michele Leggott, Auckland University Press)

Pearson Award for Best Educational Book

Book Design Ltd for Year 9 Graphics (Paul Bourdōt, Cengage Learning)

Scholastic New Zealand Award for Best Children’s Book

Michael Greenfield for Old HuHu (Kyle Mewburn, illus by Rachel Driscoll, Scholastic New Zealand).

Awa Press Young Designer of the Year

Keely O’Shannessy for Ned and Katina (Patricia Grace, Penguin NZ), Zone of the Marvellous (Martin Edmond, Auckland University Press), As the Earth Turns Silver (Alison Wong, Penguin NZ), Walking to Africa (Jessica Le Bas, Auckland University Press), Mirabile Dictu (Michele Leggott, Auckland University Press)

Australian Book Design Awards: winners announced

The winners of this year’s Australian Publishers Association Book Design Awards were announced in a special event in Sydney last night. The winning books were:

Best designed cover Best designed book Best designed cookbook
Best designed nonfiction book Best designed fiction book Best designed literary fiction book
Best designed reference/scholarly book Best designed specialist illustrated book Best designed general illustrated book
Best designed YA book Best designed children’s fiction book Best designed children’s nonfiction book
Best designed children’s picture book Best designed children’s cover Best designed children’s series
Best designed primary education book Best designed secondary education book Best designed tertiary & further education book

Also announced on the night was the Young Designer of the Year award, which went this year to Swerve designer Adam Laszczuk for a body of work that also included the following titles:

 

What do you think? You can check out the shortlisted books on the Australian Publishers Association site here.

Excuse us while we take a moment…

We’re pretty snowed under here at Bookseller+Publisher headquarters, putting the finishing touches on the July issue after getting out this week’s bumper issue of the Weekly Book Newsletter.

Last week, Matthia was sweating it out at Darwin’s Wordstorm writers festival (you can read her post on Wordstorm here) and this week Andrea is soaking up Sydney Writers Festival (and heading to tonight’s Book Design Awards to see what titles are declared Australia’s best-looking: see the contenders here). This is what Andrea’s desk looks like now:

Also, as we reported in the Weekly Book Newsletter, REDgroup Retail, which owns Borders Asia-Pacific (and Angus & Robertson and Whitcoulls in New Zealand), launched its Kobo ebook platform yesterday, as well as its Kobo ereader: Continue reading

Hey there good-lookin’: our best covers of the year?

Are these the best Australian book covers you’ve seen in the past year? The Australian Publishers Association seems to think so—each of these books have been shortlisted in the ‘best designed cover of the year’ category for this year’s Book Design Awards.

The titles in the running in this and several other ‘best designed’ categories have been shortlisted from more than 420 entries (you can read the shortlists here), with the winners to be announced during the Sydney Writers’ Festival on 20 May. What do you think? Are there any particular titles you think have missed out?

Among those shortlisted for the best designed YA book is Liar (designed by Bruno Herfst for A&U in Australia). The US cover for the book drew a lot of criticism last year for depicting a white girl when the book’s character Micah describes herself as black. After much criticism the book was released with a new cover design.

And on the subject of covers, what do you think of the new one for Michael Meehan’s Below the Styx (A&U)? When we reviewed the book in the March issue of Bookseller+Publisher, the artwork submitted to run with the review was the cover you can see below left. But, as sometimes happens given our long lead-times and pre-publication reviews, the design has since been changed and Meehan’s book will be launched at Adelaide Writers Week with the cover on the right.  Which do you like better?