Thursday, July 17, 2014

The 2014 PANZ book design awards

Tonight the New Zealand book-design awards were announced. Back in June I wrote here:
There are seven categories: best illustrated book; best non-illustrated book; best children’s book; best educational book; best cookbook; best typography; and best cover. There are four judges: convenor Gideon Keith, a book designer; Alan Deare, a book designer; Cameon Gibb, a graphic designer; and Noelle McCarthy, a broadcaster and book reviewer.
Here is the awkward part: Alan Deare is a finalist in four categories, and Gideon Keith is a finalist in one.

PANZ responded here defending their use of potential finalists as judges.

On Facebook an author friend commented:
The part where they say thank you and shake their own hands will be good.

Alan Deare, one of the judges, won two awards, Best Cookbook for Josh Emmett/Random House’s Cut and Best Cover for Jill Trevelyan/Te Papa Press’s Peter McLeavey.


Agnes Day said...

But did he thank himself and shake his own hand?

Stephen Stratford said...

Heh. I don't know - all my Auckland friends were at the Kevin Ireland book launch - but I hope so.

Anonymous said...

Selfie of the year?

Stephanie said...

Unbelievable, great books, but still unbelievable and quite a bad look. I wonder what the presentation looked like! Lots of comic opportunities, I'm guessing.