COVER STORY: Book Recovery Lives!

Virginia Center for the Book is pleased to announce…the winners and unveiled entrants for our contest and exhibition, Cover Story.

You remember the challenge, right? Re-cover (or even rebind) a book, any book, around an existing text block. Oh yeah, with $400 in potential prizes.

Below you can discover works converting paperback books into hardcovers, reinterpreting boring hardcovers, and creating handmade slip cases or clamshell boxes for fine books. Now the judging goes on to determine who’ll get the grand prize. Our criteria are:

  • creativity of concept
  • suitability of design and materials to text
  • excellence in craft

We thank our nine contestants for their entries and willingness to share these books. Submitted books will be auctioned at the 2018 Raucous Auction on November 14, 5:30-8PM, to support the Center’s educational mission. All will be available but the grand prize winner, WHY NOT EAT INSECTS?, which will be collected by UVa Special Collections.

Here are the contest entrants:

OVERALL GRAND PRIZE WINNER! ($250)
judged by Molly Schwartzburg of UVa Special Collections
(and split decision, BOOK ARTISTS’ CHOICE)

Binder #5, Anne Royston, Western Springs, IL
presenting Vincent M. Holt’s WHY NOT EAT INSECTS?

 

BOOK ARTISTS’ CHOICE WINNER!  ($75)
split decision, judged by a vote of Member Artists of Virginia Center for the Book

Binder #2, Tawn O’Connor, Middletown, MD
presenting Griscom, Rand and Johnston’s COMPLETE BOOK OF BEER DRINKING GAMES

WINNER FOR CRAFT! ($75)
judged by Molly Schwartzburg of UVa Special Collections

Binder #7, Bonnie Bernstein, Lexington, VA
presenting Robert Francis’s THE ORB WEAVER

Honorable Mention, Overall
judged by Molly Schwartzburg of UVa Special Collections

Binder #9, Kevin McFadden, Charlottesville, VA
presenting James Sullivan’s JEANS: A CULTURAL HISTORY OF AN AMERICAN ICON

Honorable Mention, Craft
judged by Molly Schwartzburg of UVa Special Collections

Binder #1, Sally Hutchison, Madison, WI
presenting Booth Tarkington’s SEVENTEEN
http://sallyhutchison.com/


Binder #3, Allison Church, Norfolk, VA
presenting L. Frank Baum’s THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ

Binder #4, Allison Church, Norfolk, VA
presenting Lewis Carroll’s ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND & THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS

 

Binder #6, Richard Cappuccio, Charlottesville, VA
presenting Cornelius Eady’s YOU DON’T MISS YOUR WATER

 

Binder #8, Dean Dass, Charlottesville, VA
presenting Martin Heidegger’s POETRY, LANGUAGE, THOUGHT