AUPresses’ 91 design winners and Ukrainian content

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An annual academic publishing design competition and aggregation of Ukraine-related content from the Association of University Presses.

At the University of California, Berkeley, October 2011. Image – Getty iStockphoto: Emmanuelle Firman

By Porter Anderson, Editor | @Porter_Anderson

2022 Book, Jacket and Newspaper Fair

IIn its 57th year, the Association of University Presses (AUPresses) has selected 488 submissions to feature 91 publications in its 2022 Books, Jackets and Journals Exhibition. The winners, all published in 2021, will be seen in an exhibition in Washington. , DC, at the association’s annual meeting June 18-20, and can now be viewed in an online exhibit.

The categories and their selections this year are these, and these links will take you to the images for each category.

Scholarly typographic, 9 selections
Illustrated scholar, 13
Trade typographic, 10
Illustrated trade, 12
Poetry & Literature, 3
Logs, 0
Reference, 4
Book jackets and covers, 40
Magazine covers, 0

In fact, this year it’s the Book, Jacket, and No Journals Show.

You will notice that the magazines and their covers seem to have won no awards. It turns out that only three reviews were submitted for review.

We wonder if this is a normal situation, but it seems a bit odd, especially with ‘Journal’ in the contest title and needless to say so much of the production of the scholarly publishing industry.

Could 2021 have been the year of ugly newspapers?

Clicking on the categories provides a chance to see some of the books you weren’t reading in the cover of the business edition bestseller list.

For example, in the Trade Illustrated category – we look back two years on the 2020 competition here – honored selections have included License to grow old: portraits of aged animals from agricultural sanctuaries by Isa Leshko (University of Chicago Press) the creator in this case being Jill Shimabukuro.

Noting that farm animals are usually slaughtered before their first birthday, photographer Leshko proves why her photographs of these aged creatures have been so widely published in various news and entertainment media.

In this year’s Trade Illustrated selections, Above New Orleans: Cresent City Skyline by Marco Rasi and Richard Campanella is a feature featuring the work of designer Michelle A. Neustrom, of Louisiana State University Press.

According to the publisher, this is Crescent City’s first comprehensive drone photography book. It leaves you wondering how many less than comprehensive Crescent City drone photography books are on the market today.

But it’s actually quite compelling, as co-author Campanella writes, “especially in dense neighborhoods, visible from a perch high enough to be synoptic, but low enough to be intimate.” Roofscapes are the middle ground between the more familiar concepts of streetscapes and landscapes; these are the oblique, three-dimensional renderings of urban landscapes.

And this year’s Scholarly Typographic category includes Cajetan Iheka’s African ecomedia: forms of networks, planetary policiesdesigned by Aimee C. Harrison, of Duke University Press.

The book is a look at “the ecological footprint of media in Africa alongside the portrayal of environmental issues in visual culture”.

In the book, Iheka looks at recycling e-waste in Ghana in photography for Pieter Hugo and Idrissou Mora-Kpai’s documentary about the deleterious consequences of uranium mining in Niger.

The point, from the publisher’s perspective, is that these works “shine not only the exploitation of African workers and the extent of environmental degradation, but also the ingenuity and creativity of the creators.” of African media.

“They highlight the unsustainability of current practices while acknowledging the limited natural resources of our planet. By bringing to the fore the centrality of Africa in the production and disposal of media technology, Iheka shows the important place that visual media have in raising awareness and documenting ecological disasters, even if they remain. accomplices.

You can find an Isuu catalog of the exhibition from the Association of Academic Publishers here.

This is the 83rd Publishing Perspectives Awards Report produced in the 84 days of publication since the start of our 2022 operations on January 3.

A collection of books relating to the Ukrainian crisis

Nearly 30 publishing houses of the University Press Association answered the call this spring to gather relevant information on Ukraine very soon after Vladimir Putin began his unprovoked assault on this sovereign nation on February 24.

As of March 30, houses from Amsterdam University Press and Leuven University Press to Rand Corporation, MIT Press and Project MUSE had contributed material to a collection made available March 3. The result can offer a quick way to see a resource that you may not have had was available, from some academic observers and commentators.

The contribution(s) from each press can be found, listed by university, here.

The University Marine Corps Press contributed an edition of the Journal of Advanced Military Studiesfor example, in which Ofer Frieman writes about “The Russian Mindset and War: Between Westernizing the East and Easternizing the West”.

Cornell University Press includes Timothy Andrews Sayle’s A History of NATO and the Post-War World Order.

And the University of Alberta Press, the content distributor for the Press of the Canadian Institute for Ukrainian Studies, offers one of the largest collections, including those of Christina Isajiw. Negotiating Human Rights: Defending Dissidents in the Soviet Erafrom 2014.


Find all our coverage of Vladimir Putin’s war against Ukraine and its impact on the country’s publishing industry and the reactions of the international industry.

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About the Author

Porter Anderson

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Porter Anderson is a non-resident member of Trends Research & Advisory, and was named International Business Journalist of the Year at the London Book Fair’s International Excellence Awards. He is editor of Publishing Perspectives. He was previously associate editor of The FutureBook at The Bookseller in London. Anderson was a senior producer and anchor for CNN.com, CNN International and CNN USA for more than a decade. As an art critic (National Critics Institute), he has collaborated with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which is now owned and operated by Jane Friedman.

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