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Exceptional Book Design Honored in Annual Competition

2011 AAUP Book, Jacket, and Journal Show Premieres in Baltimore

BALTIMORE, MD—The 2011 AAUP Book, Jacket, and Journal Show premieres today, June 3, at the AAUP Annual Meeting in Baltimore. The show is composed of 45 books, one journal, and 41 jackets and covers, selected from a pool of more than 550 entries from university presses across the country. The juried show displays work that best furthers a long tradition of excellence in book design, and will be on display through June 5 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront.

2011 Show jurors will lead two panels during the Baltimore meeting to discuss their selections. Allan Espiritu, Assistant Professor of Art at Rutgers University and founder of the gdloft PHL design studio, Rafael Esquer, founder of Alfalfa Design Studio, and Rebecca Gimenez, Design Director at the Whitney Museum of Art, and Helen Yentus, Art Director for Riverhead Books, served as show judges for 2011.

Beginning in September and running through May 2012, the 2011 Show will travel the AAUP presses and campuses throughout North America. The full list of selected entries can be found on the AAUP website; a complete traveling schedule will be available in August. Copies of the 2011 Show catalog will be available at the Baltimore Annual Meeting.

Since 1965, the AAUP Book, Jacket and Journal Show has fulfilled its mission to “honor and instruct”: honoring the design and production teams whose work furthers a long tradition of excellence in book design, and—through a traveling exhibit and acclaimed annual catalog of selected entries—visually teaching the tenets of good design.

The AAUP Book, Jacket, and Journal Show Committee organizes the annual competition and catalog. The 2010-2011 committee members are chair Laurie Searl (SUNY), Jason Alejandro (Princeton), Tom Eykemans (Washington), Deb Weiner (Georgetown), and Melinda Wirkus (Kentucky). Friesens Corporation sponsored printing for the 2011 Show catalog, IBT Global donated call-for-entries printing, and Victor Sira generously contributed catalog photographs.

The Association of American University Presses is an organization of more than 130 non-profit scholarly publishers, dedicated to the support of creative and effective scholarly communications. Through its programs and information resources, AAUP helps its members fulfill their common commitments to scholarship, the academy, and society. Learn more at

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