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British Book Design Awards
At the British Book Design and Production awards for 2014 held on Thursday 20 November, the overall winners of the night were publishers, Thames & Hudson, who took home three awards including Book of the Year for The Sick Rose.
    The evening celebrated everything that is great in British book design, and with a record number of books entered (450 in total), the judging process was harder than ever. The Sick Rose by Richard Barnett and What’s Inside by OKIDO won in their respective categories: ‘Exhibition Catalogues’ and ‘Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Education’. Judges commended Book of the Year winner, The Sick Rose, saying: ‘This beautifully crafted book held the judges attention and provoked our imagination like no other this year’.

Roses by Michael PetryThis stunning lenticular print 'Red Roses' by Michael Petry, author of Nature Morte, was on sale at the Art Book Fair at Waterstones Piccadilly on 15th November.

Anselm KieferThe exhibition 'Anselm Kiefer' is at the Royal Academy of Arts, London from 27 September to 14 December 2014. The major new monograph published by Thames & Hudson delves into the themes which lie at the heart of Kiefer's rigorous and deeply interesting art and thought.

How the World was Won Peter Conrad, author of How the World Was Won, dissects the popular culture of our time on BBC Radio 4 in a significant new series 21st-Century Mythologies. The 15 episodes began on 3rd October 2014 and podcasts of all episodes are available from the Radio4 web page.

‘Conrad is stunningly well-informed … and equipped with the kind of imagination that transforms the base metal of history into pure gold’ – The Observer

Lines of VisionLines of Vision: Irish Writers on Art features work by Irish writers inspired by paintings in the National Gallery of Ireland. It will be officially launched by Michael D Higgins, President of Ireland, at the Gallery on Tuesday 7th October - with many of the writers present. Seamus Heaney's last poem, Banks of a Canal, paired with an 1872 painting by Gustave Caillebotte, is one of the pieces to appear and the story behind the poem and the book was reported in The Guardian.

Rowing Blazers NY launch
Some 700 people turned up to the US launch of Rowing Blazers and it ended up in the Wall Street Journal. Here is author Jack Carlson with the entrepreneurial Winklevoss twins who were members of the Harvard men's varsity crew and when at Oxford earned rowing blues. They tweeted their appearance at the launch along with Ralph Lauren (who hosted the event) to almost 2 million twitter followers!

ChineasyChineasy won the Design Museum's 'Designs of the Year' Visitor Vote!
'Designs of the Year' gathers together a year of cutting-edge innovation and original talent; showcasing the very best in global Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphic, Product and Transport design.
See The Design Museum exhibitions page

Duchamp Dictionary On 22 July at the ICA, London, Thomas Girst discussed his new book 'The Duchamp Dictionary', hailed by Francis Naumann as 'exactly the sort of book Duchamp himself would have enjoyed reading' and by Jeff Koons who says: 'It’s about time that a publication reveals the vastness of Duchamp’s influence and thinking in the 20th and 21st centuries. I have absolute praise for Girst’s achievement with this historic publication.'

Making of the Middle Sea - Wolfson PrizeThe Making of the Middle Sea was one of the two winners of the prestigious Wolfson History Prize. The announcement was made at a reception at Claridge's in London on Monday 2nd June.
    The Wolfson History Prize promotes and encourages standards of excellence in the writing of history suitable for the general public. Previous winners have included Mary Beard, David Reynolds, Richard Overy, Antony Beevor, Diarmaid MacCulloch, Ian Kershaw and Andrew Roberts. The winners each received a prize of £25,000.

Sergio LarrainSergio Larrain: Vagabond Photographer is the winner of the 2014 Kraszna-Krausz Photography Book Awards.
The winners were announced at the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Gala Ceremony in London. A display of books from the 2014 awards was shown at Somerset House in London as part of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition.
    Amateur Photographer described Sergio Larrain: Vagabond Photographer as ‘A masterclass in close, intimate shooting that speaks of real connections being formed between photographer and subjects … A deep and absorbing book.’
See the Krazna-Krausz awards site for more details of the awards.

Art in Oceania - A New HistoryThe 2014 Art Book Prize was awarded to 'Art in Oceania: A New History'. Administered by the Authors’ Club and supported by The Art Newspaper, the Art Book Prize is awarded annually to the best book on art or architecture published in English, anywhere in the world in the past year. The award aims to do for the visual arts what the MAN Booker has done for the novel.
    'Amongst extremely tough competition, we awarded this year’s prize to 'Art in Oceania' – a magisterial, nearly encyclopaedic volume on a so far relatively neglected field that is beginning to attract increasing scholarly and popular interest. This one should be on every art lover’s bookshelf.' – Loyd Grossman (Judge for the Art Book Prize)