You could be forgiven a slight sense of deja vu on hearing the news that Aaron Beehre and Gemma Banks of Ilam Press have been shortlisted for the Best Non-Illustrated Book in the PANZ Book Design Awards 2017.
This year they’ve been recognised for their work on My Mother and the Hungarians, and other small fictions by Frankie McMillan (CUP, 2016); last year they, together with Jose Sanchez, were shortlisted for the same category for McMillan’s poetry collection There are no horses in heaven (CUP, 2015). The design awards will be announced on 20 July in Auckland.
My Mother and the Hungarians is the fourth book designed and produced by Ilam Press in collaboration with Canterbury University Press (CUP) and was launched at the WORD Christchurch readers’ festival last year. The book comes highly recommended in terms of content and form: it also made the long list for the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards, and we’re delighted that both the author and the designers of this work have been acknowledged in two national awards.