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BONITA VAZ SHIMRAY wins the Fourth Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize for REMNANTS OF A SEPARATION


Jaipur, 24th January 2019: The Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize, a first of its kind award for brilliance in book design, an attempt by the iconic bookstore to recognize and encourage the extraordinary work of illustrators, designers and publishers throughout India announced its Winner for the Fourth edition of the award at Jaipur BookMark of Jaipur Literature Festival.

Well known Graphic Designer Bonita Vaz Shimray was felicitated the prestigious award trophy and cash prize by renowned poet, Gulzaar Saaheb amidst a beautiful gathering of designers, publishers and book lovers.

Announcing Bonita Vaz Shimray as the winner of the Prize the Jury said “The Jury of the Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize is delighted to unanimously award the Prize for 2019 to Bonita Vaz Shimray for ‘Remnants of a Separation’. The book is authored by Aanchal Malhotra and published by Harper Collins India. We commend the beauty and clarity with which the cover image conveys the idea and purpose of the book. This year’s winner is quite literally a visual but physical representation of emotions. Aanchal Malhotra has been quoted as saying ‘What I have done in my book is to look at individuals and the objects they have carried across the border. The object was to humanize participation. ‘Bonita Vaz takes the potential reader on the ‘material ‘path, just as the subhead of the book talks of the physical loss ‘through material memory’.  The evocative photographic image carries an entire narrative within it and effortlessly conveys the essence of the story within. We congratulate Bonita Vaz Shimray, Art Director at Harper Collins Publishers, India for her insight, imagination and impeccable graphic sense.”

In addition to the winning book cover, the jury panel also acknowledged two more designers with special jury awards appreciating their remarkable contribution in designing the respective book covers. Designers Shiraaz Hussain for Paazi Nazmein published by Radhakrishna Prakashan (Rajkamal Prakashan Samuh) and Misha Oberoi for Saakshi – The Witness published by Niyogi Books were applauded for their works.



The final winner was chosen, following an intensive discussion by the distinguished jury, from a shortlist of six covers which were announced at the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival on 18th January 2019. The jury of the prize includes Aman Nath, India’s first heritage hotelier, architectural restorer and owner of some of the most beautiful properties, Alka Pande, leading art critic and curator, Dayanita Singh, one of the most important figures in contemporary Indian photography and bookmaking, Priti Paul, Director, Apeejay Surrendra Group and the creative force behind the Oxford Bookstore chain.

The Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize appreciates the balance of graphics and narrative, particularly in our increasingly visual age, and believes that a book cover interprets and decodes the ensuing text in crucial ways that contribute to its ultimate success. The Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize is a first of its kind award for brilliance in book design, an attempt by the iconic bookstore to recognize and encourage the extraordinary work of illustrators, designers and publishers across India. Under the guidance of Ms. Priti Paul, Director, Apeejay Surrendra Group, Oxford Bookstores has been pushing all limits to empower the distributing business and praise the matter of books. Winning cover design is a basic piece of the achievement of a book and artists assume a key part in helping a book wind up plainly significant and make review.

 

 

6 Book Covers make it to the shortlist of the Fourth Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize

Kolkata, January 18, 2019:  Instituted in March 2015 by Oxford Bookstore, the ‘Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize’ announced its shortlist for the fourth edition at the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival. The shortlist has been chosen by the distinguished jury comprising of Aman Nath, India’s first heritage hotelier, architectural restorer & owner of some of the most beautiful properties, Alka Pande, leading art critic and curator, Dayanita Singh, one of the most important figures in contemporary Indian photography and bookmaking, Priti Paul, Director, Apeejay Surrendra Group and the creative force behind the Oxford Bookstore chain. The varied interests of these eminent jurors helped create a rich and diverse perspective for the selected shortlist. A list of thirteen book covers which made it to the longlist were once again looked into for a final shortlisted selection of 6 book covers for the announcement at AKLF.

Jury members Alka Pande and Priti Paul announced Gavin Morris, Shiraaz Hussain, Priya Kurian, Bonita Vaz Shimray, Misha Oberoi, Kalyani Ganapathy as the shortlisted cover designers for the fourth edition of the prize.

The evening also witnessed a talk session titled “Cover Story” with Alka Pande, Priti Paul, Kunal Basu and Pinaki De followed by an interactive presentation on Purnendra Pattrea’s Graphics by the 2017 winner of Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize, Pinaki De.

The winner of the Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize’s fourth edition will be announced at Jaipur Book Mark of Jaipur Literature Festival on 24th January 2019.

In its first year, the prize was given to designer, Bena Sareen for the book, Talking of Justice by late author, Leila Seth, published by Aleph followed by designer for the second year Pinaki De was declared winner for book Kalkatta authored by Kunal Basu, published by Picador India. The third Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize was awarded to Maithili Doshi Aphale for the book Himalaya authored by Ruskin Bond, Namita Gokhale, published by Speaking Tiger.

The Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize is a first-of-its-kind honor for splendour in book design, and an endeavor by an iconic bookstore to perceive and empower the phenomenal work of artists, designers and distributors crosswise over India. The new prize acknowledges the significance of the adjust of illustrations and story, especially in our undeniably visual age, and trusts that a book cover translates and interprets the resulting content in critical ways that add to its definitive achievement. Under the guidance of Ms. Priti Paul, Director, Apeejay Surrendra Group, Oxford Bookstores has been pushing all boundaries to encourage the publishing industry and celebrate the business of books. Standout cover design is an integral part of the success of a book, designers and illustrators play a vital role in helping a book become emblematic and create recall.

Shortlist: OXFORD BOOKSTORE BOOK COVER PRIZE 2019

Title: How India Sees the World: Kautilya to the 21st Century

      Author: Shyam Saran
      Designer: Gavin Morris
      Publisher: Juggernaut
        

Title: Paaji Nazmein

     Author: Gulzar
     Designer: Shiraaz Hussain
     Publisher: RADHAKRISHNA PRAKASHAN (Rajkamal Prakashan Samuh)


Title: Poonachi

   Author: Perumal Murugan
   Designer: PRIYA KURIYAN
   Publisher: CONTEXT (Westland Books)


Title: Remnants of a Separation

  Author: Aanchal Malhotra
  Designer: Bonita Vaz Shimray
  Publisher: Harper Collins


Title: Saakshi - The Witness

   Author: S.L. Bhyrappa
   Designer: Misha Oberoi
   Publisher: Niyogi Books


Title: What Maya Saw

   Author: Shabnam Minwalla
   Designer: Kalyani Ganapathy
   Publisher: Harper Collins

 

Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize announced the Longlist for the year 2019

New Delhi, December 8th, 2018:  Instituted in March 2015 by Oxford Bookstore, the ‘Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize’ announced its much awaited longlist of the fourth edition for the year 2019 at a literary gathering hosted by Priti Paul. The longlist has been chosen by the distinguished jury comprising of, Aman Nath India’s first heritage hotelier, architectural restorer & owner of some of the most beautiful properties, Alka Pande, leading art critic and curator, Dayanita Singh, one of the most important figures in contemporary Indian photography and bookmaking, Namita Gokhale author, publisher & festival director and Priti Paul, Director, Apeejay Surrendra Group and the creative force behind the Oxford Bookstore chain.

The Shortlist will be announced at Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival on 19th January 2019 and the winner will be announced at Jaipur Book Mark of Jaipur Literature Festival on 24th January 2019.

In its first year, the prize was given to designer, Bena Sareen for the book Talking of Justice by late author, Leila Seth, published by Aleph followed by designer, Pinaki De for the book Kalkatta authored by Kunal Basu, published by Picador India. In its third edition Maithali Doshi Aphale took the prize for the book Himalaya published by Speaking Tiger.

To maintain continuity and build strong foundations for the prize, the 2019 award has retained the distinguished jury from year one. Each of the jury members is preeminent in their respective fields and they share a collective love for books and commitment to reading.

Mrs. Maina Bhagat said “The Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize endeavours to share and promote the very best contemporary trends in book design, resonating strongly with our readers. Delighted that the initiative is growing from strength to strength.”

“It has been a privilege to work on the Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize, and a learning experience at every level, transforming my understanding of the relationship between graphics and text.” said Ms. Namita Ghokale “In its fourth year now, the prize has provided an important platform for artists and designers to showcase their crucial and intrinsic role in the making of a book.” she added.

Ms. Alka Pande said “The Oxford Book Cover Prize has come of age. Thanks to the initiation of the prize by the Oxford Bookstore, the Book Cover illustration is finding its place in the arena of a visual practice. Graphic artists, publishers and authors are now engaging more with image and content.”

The Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize is a first-of-its-kind honor for splendour in book design, and an endeavor by an iconic bookstore to perceive and empower the phenomenal work of artists, designers and distributors crosswise over India. The new prize acknowledges the significance of the adjust of illustrations and story, especially in our undeniably visual age, and trusts that a book cover translates and interprets the resulting content in critical ways that add to its definitive achievement.

Under the guidance of Ms. Priti Paul, Director, Apeejay Surrendra Group, Oxford Bookstores has been pushing all boundaries to encourage the publishing industry and celebrate the business of books. Standout cover design is an integral part of the success of a book, designers and illustrators play a vital role in helping a book become emblematic and create recall.

 

 

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