July 15-31, 2004 Edition

AAP Calls

for Benjamin

Award Nominations

Washington,DC/07/08/04—The Association of American Publishers is currently accepting nominations for the prestigious Curtis Benjamin Award. AAP presents the award annually to an outstanding individual within the U.S. publishing industry who has shown exceptional innovation and creativity in the field of publishing, as evidenced in his or her career. Originality, usefulness and difficulty of achievement of a project or body of work are among the criteria that will be used to select the winner.

Nominations are invited from all members of the book community. The nominee must be a living individual in the U.S. publishing industry. All nominations must be made on the official form requesting general information on the nominee and should be accompanied by letters supporting the nomination and other materials that will assist the committee in making its choice.

The nominees may come from any and all areas and types of publishing, and the individual’s experience may be in any or all functions of publishing: editorial, marketing, book design, etc.

The deadline is Wednesday, September 1. AAP will announce the winner in December. The Curtis Benjamin Award for Creative Publishing will be presented at the 2005 General Annual Meeting to be held in New York on March 3.

The Curtis Benjamin Award, which is administered by the Association of American Publishers, was first given in 1975 to honor Curtis Benjamin, a much admired former President of McGraw-Hill who, after his retirement became an outstanding ambassador for the book industry. The winner is selected each year from nominations submitted to an awards committee representing the publishing, library, bookselling, and philanthropic communities. A list of previous winners reads like “Who’s Who in American Publishing,” including Roger W. Straus, Morris Philipson; Thomas J. McCormack; Robert L. Bernstein; Jeremiah Kaplan; Charles Scribner, Jr.; Jason Epstein; Simon Michael Bessie; Kenneth D. McCormick; and W. Bradford Wiley.