BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AWARD NOMINATION
Once a year the Independent Book Publishers Association holds a festive jamboree in New York just ahead of the opening of Book Expo America. On that occasion they wrap themselves in the mantle of Benjamin Franklin, who is well know to have enjoyed gala occasions in England, France and America. He was an independent printer and publisher and, undoubtedly, would have qualified as a member had he applied. Therefore, in his name they hand out AWARDS to publishers for the “BEST BOOKS,” as judged by top designers and editors. Lo and behold, Himalayan Portfolios; Journeys of the Imagination (Fields Publishing), to which this blog is devoted, is one of three nominees in the category: Coffee Table Books / Large Format.
Ben Franklin was no stranger to awards. In 1753 he received the Copley Medal from the Royal Society for his work on electricity – including the invention of the lightening conductor. In 2006 Fields Publishing received a Benjamin Franklin Award for their Ann Packard book. Gail and Charles Fields, designer and editor, and pre-press expert Glen Bassett, are anxiously awaiting May 28, the date of the gala. Will lightening strike twice?
Stay tuned for more information.