2016 Gerard Reid Award for Best Book
Sponsored by Nielsen Book Services
Designer: Fergus Barrowman (interior), Spencer Levine (cover)
Title: James K Baxter: Complete Prose
Publisher: Victoria University Press
Format: 232 x 152 mm, 2662 pp, 4 volumes, quarter bound, each cover is foiled blocked on 1 colour Wibalin, sewn and cased, in a slipcase
Judges’ Comments. Shortlisted for Best Cover and Best Typography, and winner of the Best Non-Illustrated category, James K. Baxter: Complete Prose excels on all fronts. It is the complete package – an object of beauty that holds the eye and interest, and demands closer attention. The purple ribbons and foiling work in an unlikely – but extremely satisfying – pairing with the buttery three-quarter binding, which holds the gorgeous full-bleed images. These aspects combine to wrap up a tidy internal page layout. The design not only serves the content, it elevates the work of this literary hero, creating a desirable contemporary classic.