Kerrytown BookFest announces winner for new awards

The Kerrytown BookFest has announced three new annual awards to be presented at its Ninth event September 11, 2011 at the Farmers Market in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The Book Exhibitor of the Year is open to booksellers, publishers, and printers who have consistently participated in the BookFest and added to the success and enjoyment of the festival, said Gene Alloway, president of the Kerrytown BookFest Board.

“Our first winner of this award is Magina Books of Lincoln Park Michigan, owned by second generation bookseller Steven Magina,” Alloway said.

“Magina Books has been with the BookFest from its first event in 2003, though its own history is much longer,” Alloway said. Established by George Magina, the open shop still remains in the same building that the family built in 1948. The shop has prospered under his son Steven, and today has more than 50,000 books in its renovated space and on its own website at

The Artisan Exhibitor of the Year Award which covers book artists, paper makers, binders, and media artists was awarded to Randy Asplund Illustration of Ann Arbor Michigan.

“Randy Asplund has been showing his illuminations and bookwork with the BookFest since 2005 and his medieval book work, such as his exceptional miniature illuminated Life of Jeanne d’Arc is well known in our region,” Alloway said.

In addition to his Fine Arts work, Asplund has also done book illustration for science fiction and fantasy novels and historical art, as well as classes and demonstrations of his techniques, Alloway said.

The third new annual award does not yet have a winner. The Best Booth of the Year will be chosen at the BookFest and is given to the exhibitor who has the most attractive and engaging presentation. The Kerrytown BookFest’s Exhibitor Coordinator, Lynn Yates and noted artist, designer and teacher Susan Skarsgard will judge this award, and will present the award at noon on the day of the event.

All winners receive an award and a free booth at the 2012 BookFest. Reflecting the event’s focus on the book arts, each award is made by hand in the style of a book cover with gilt lettering and its own stand. Both work and materials are being donated by Bessenberg Bindery of Dexter, Michigan.

For more information on the 9th Kerrytown BookFest, visit their website at The Kerrytown BookFest is in part

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