A Passion for BooksThe 29 October saw a glittering night of entertainment in celebration of the British Book Design & Production Awards 2009.

Held in the prestigious Nine Kings Suite at the London Lancaster Hotel, guests celebrated and honoured the talent and innovation of all those shortlisted and the worthy winners of the 2009 Awards. These Awards promote and acknowledge the ingenuity, creativity and vigour that go into book design and production.

This was a record year with over 450 entrants to the Awards and with over 350 guests attending on the night to witness the presentations. It comprises of 15 categories including Exhibition Catalogues, Digital Printed Books, Children's Trade as well as an Environmental Award for the book that have been produced using best practice in environmental management.

The accolade of the evening for Book of the Year went to The Wizard of Oz, published by Atlantic Books - chosen by for its spellbinding appearance, from concept through to all aspects of the finished product, the book is a true work of art.

BPIF Chief Executive Michael Johnson says, "We saw an exceptional high standard of entrants this year and our judging panel did not have an easy job deciding the winners. Last night was a fantastic celebration of the outstanding creativity and quality found in British book design and production. The BPIF would like to congratulate the winners and all those who have put time and effort into creating such excellent examples of book design and production."

Click here to view the winners

Click here to view Michael Johnsons speech

Click here to download a copy of the book of the night

Louise RiceThe Printers' Charitable Corporation was delighted to be the charity of choice at this year's event.

Louise Rice of the National Gallery, who attended the event as a guest of Butler, Tanner & Dennis, was the winner of the charity prize draw. Louise was thrilled to win a £200 voucher provided by the D & D Group London for an evening for two at one of the UK's leading restaurants.

Stephen Gilbert, the PCC's Chief Executive, says: "Key industry events like this help us to raise our profile, so it was an honour to be the nominated charity for the second year running. We'd also like to thank everyone who donated so generously on the night and raised over £1,400 for our work supporting people in the printing and publishing industries."



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