Finalists in the 6th annual Kerrytown BookFest book cover contest have been announced. The contest, open to all Michigan high school students, asks the students to reimagine a cover for a book chosen by the Kerrytown BookFest Board. This year’s book selection is Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger. The students were supplied with free copies courtesy of Atria Books.
Robin Agnew president of the Kerrytown Bookfest said that there were more than 100 entries.
“Because of the volume and quality of the entries, we chose 10 finalists rather than the traditional five, from work submitted by students at Pioneer and Skyline High Schools in Ann Arbor, and Adams High School in Rochester Hills. All of the work submitted will be on display from August 30 – September 10 at bookstores throughout Ann Arbor: Aunt Agatha’s Books, Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, Literati Bookstore and Nicola’s.
The judges this year were the author, William Kent Krueger; publisher Steve Klein from Huron River Press; and artist Domonique Washington-McNish.
Agnew said, ”A spirited hour and a half judging session resulted in the 10 finalists. A first, second and third place winner will be announced on the day of the11th annual Kerrytown BookFest, Sunday, September 8, with cash prizes awarded to the winners. This is the sixth year the competition has been held and Agnew said it has grown in number of entries each year.
The 2103 finalists are:
Noe Barrell, Pioneer High School, 9th Grade
Adam Collins, Skyline High School
Shannon Cowley, Skyline High School, 11th Grade
Robert Freter, Pioneer High School, 11th Grade
Joey Graham, Pioneer High School, 11th Grade
Andrea Judd, Skyline High School, 12th Grade
Sarah Maulbetsch, Skyline High School, 10th Grade
Sage O’Brien, Skyline High School, 12th Grade
Avital Smotrich-Barr, Pioneer High School, 10th Grade
Brianna Worthing, Pioneer High School, 12th Grade