Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize was formally announced recently in the capital recently at a literary gathering hosted by Priti Paul. The much awaited longlist of the fourth edition was announced along with a Calendar Launch for the year 2019. The longlist for the awards instituted in March 2015 by Oxford Bookstore has been chosen by the distinguished jury comprising of Aman Nath India’s first heritage hotelier, architectural restorer & owner of some of the most beautiful properties, Alka Pande, leading art critic and curator, Dayanita Singh, one of the most important figures in contemporary Indian photography and bookmaking, Namita Gokhale author, publisher & festival director and Priti Paul, Director, Apeejay Surrendra Group and the creative force behind the Oxford Bookstore chain.
The final Shortlist will be announced at Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festivalon 19th January 2019 and the winner will be announced at Jaipur Book Mark of Jaipur Literature Festival on 24th January 2019.
The look and feel of the year 2019 Calendar curated for Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize was unveiled at the event by Ms. Shirin Paul, Chairperson Emeritus, Apeejay Surrendra Group. Each of the longlisted Book Covers donned the Calendar month of 2019 showcasing the splendid designs with credits to the designers.
In its first year, the prize was given to designer, Bena Sareen for the book, Talking of Justice by late author, Leila Seth, published by Aleph followed by designer, Pinaki De for the book Kalkatta authored by Kunal Basu, published by Picador India. In its third edition Maithali Doshi Aphale took the prize for the book Himalaya published by Speaking Tiger.
To maintain continuity and build strong foundations for the prize, the 2019 award has retained the distinguished jury from year one. Each of the jury members is preeminent in their respective fields and they share a collective love for books and commitment to reading.
Ms. Maina Bhagat said “The Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize endeavours to share and promote the very best contemporary trends in book design, resonating strongly with our readers. I am delighted that the initiative is growing from strength to strength.”
“It has been a privilege to work on the Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize, and a learning experience at every level, transforming my understanding of the relationship between graphics and text,” said Ms. Namita Ghokale. “In its fourth year now, the prize has provided an important platform for artists and designers to showcase their crucial and intrinsic role in the making of a book.” she added.
Ms. Alka Pande said “The Oxford Book Cover Prize has come of age. Thanks to the initiation of the prize by the Oxford Bookstore, the Book Cover illustration is finding its place in the arena of a visual practice. Graphic artists, publishers and authors are now engaging more with image and content.”
The Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize is a first-of-its-kind honor for splendour in book design, and an endeavor by an iconic bookstore to perceive and empower the phenomenal work of artists, designers and distributors crosswise over India. The new prize acknowledges the significance of the adjust of illustrations and story, especially in our undeniably visual age, and trusts that a book cover translates and interprets the resulting content in critical ways that add to its definitive achievement.
Under the guidance of Ms. Priti Paul, Director, Apeejay Surrendra Group, Oxford Bookstores has been pushing all boundaries to encourage the publishing industry and celebrate the business of books. Standout cover design is an integral part of the success of a book, designers and illustrators play a vital role in helping a book become emblematic and create recall.