2016 New York Book Show


Two first-place honors were among the six awards North Market Street Graphics received for prepress/composition at the 30th New York Book Show, held October 13, 2016, at the Battery Gardens in New York. NMSG has been participating in the show since 2003.

The event showcases “the best in the art of bookmaking,” and serves as a testament that print books continue to thrive alongside their digital offspring. NMSG is proud to represent the best of this publishing tradition, as we have for more than 30 years.

Below are NMSG’s 2016 winning entries

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Bats of the Republic (Doubleday, Penguin Random House), by Zachary Thomas Dodson, First Place Hardcover Fiction. This mashup of adventure story and dystopian novel enhances the narrative with original artwork including maps and other documents. Judges’ comments: “Intricate typography, flawlessly executed. Superior in every way.”

Thug Notes (Vintage, Penguin Random House), by Sparky Sweets, PhD, First Place, Quality Paperback Nonfiction. Based on the popular online series, this book is a sort of CliffsNotes for the hiphop generation, explicating 16 literary classics, including To Kill a Mockingbird, Romeo and Juliet, and The Color Purple. Judges’ comments: “Skillful integration of illustrations with text.”

Love Style Life (Spiegel & Grau, Penguin Random House), by Garance Doré, Second Place Quality Paperback Fiction. The French style blogger’s first book, this is a collection of personal stories about fashion and style, but it also touches on broader themes of love, life, family, and career, and features photos and illustrations by the author. Judges’ comments: “Dynamic layout and graphics.”

M Train (Alfred A. Knopf, Penguin Random House), by Patti Smith, Third Place Hardcover Nonfiction. Following on the heels of her National Book Award–winning memoir, Just Kids (2010), this is a lyrical meditation on life and loss (of husband, brother, and friends) enriched with the author’s own snapshots. Judges’ comments: “Beautiful, classic design.”

City on Fire (Alfred A. Knopf, Penguin Random House), by Garth Risk Hallberg, Merit Hardcover Fiction. This tale that revolves around the interesting mix of character types in New York City in the 1970s, told through multiple points of view, was hailed by the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, NPR, and more.

Alfred A. Knopf 1915–2015, A Century of Publishing (Alfred A. Knopf, Penguin Random House), introduction by Charles McGrath, foreword by Sonny Mehta, Merit Hardcover Nonfiction. A beautiful and comprehensive limited-edition volume produced to commemorate the centenary of Alfred A. Knopf publishing. (See “100 Years of Knopf” under the News tab on this website.) Judges’ comments: “High production values.”