At a gala awards ceremony at New York University's Kimmel Center on Wednesday, the Independent Book Publishers Association named the Gold winners for the 2014 Benjamin Franklin Awards, which recognize “excellence in book editorial and design.” Gold winners were selected from a group of 154 honorees in 52 categories, announced by the IBPA in early May.
Gold winners included The Old Man’s Love Story by Rudolfo Anaya for Popular Fiction (Univ. of Oklahoma Press), Brave the Unknown by Ushi Patel for Poetry/Literary Criticism (Skywriter Books), and Tuesdays with Todd & Brad Reed: A Michigan Tribute by Todd Reed and Brad Reed in the categories of Cover Design and Interior Design (Todd & Brad Reed Photography).
“We’re extremely impressed by the caliber of books submitted to this year’s program,” said IBPA executive director Angela Bole. “The 154 titles selected for Gold and Silver awards create a strong and diverse catalogue of award-winning books to consider for the upcoming buying season.”
In addition, the top prize for the Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book went to Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail by Kelly Luce for Fiction (A Strange Object), Divine Secrets of the Ta-Ta Sisterhood: Pledging the Pink Sorority by Joanna Chapman for Nonfiction (Cosmic Casserole Press), and Bad Dad by Derek Munson for Children's/Young Adult (Cannonball Books).
For a full list of the Gold and Silver winners, visit the IBPA's website.