Athens, Ga. – The Association of American University Presses 2012 Book, Jacket and Journal Show is coming to Georgia. Since September, the exhibit has traveled across the country, starting with Columbia University Press in New York City. The show will end at the University of South Carolina Press in Columbia, S.C., in May.
As part of the 75th anniversary of the University of Georgia Press, the press will be displaying all of the 2012 Book, Jacket and Journal Show winners at UGA’s main library.
“We are pleased to host the AAUP 2012 Book, Jacket and Journal Show and to share it with the university and community,” said Kaelin Broaddus, design and production manager of the UGA Press. “I have only seen the show catalog, so I am eagerly looking forward to holding these books in my hands and turning every page. Perusing the AAUP Book Show leaves me renewed with admiration and inspiration. Despite how sumptuous these books look and feel, many are designed and produced with very tight schedules and budgets. They are often a labor of love, and it shows.”
Each year, a panel selects the best books from a variety of categories, including scholarly typographic, scholarly illustrated, trade typographic, trade illustrated and jackets and covers. This year, the committee received 226 books, 300 jacket and cover design entries and four journals from which to judge. The jurors, composed of designing professionals and AAUP members, selected 49 books, one journal and 30 jackets/covers as the best examples of university press design.
UGA Press won scholarly typographic for A Mess of Greens, trade typographic for Bear Down, Bear North and Drifting into Darien and trade illustrated for Invasive Pythons in the United States.
Members of the community, UGA students, staff and faculty are welcome to stop by the press’s offices on the third floor of the library to peruse the best of university press design. The show will be on display Jan. 17-18 from 12-4 p.m. both days.
The event is free and open to the public. Individuals or large groups who are unable to come during the show times are welcome to contact Broaddus to schedule an appointment for times during the week of Jan. 14.
Founded in 1938, the UGA Press is the largest book publisher in the state. It has been a member of the Association of American University Presses since 1940. With a full-time staff of 24 publishing professionals, the UGA Press currently publishes 80-85 new books a year and has more than 1,500 titles in print. It has well-established lists in Atlantic World and American history, American literature, African-American studies, southern studies and environmental studies, as well as a growing presence in the fields of geography, urban studies, international affairs and security studies. For more information, see www.ugapress.org/.