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Emerson Students, Faculty, Alumni a Big Presence at New England Book Show

Emerson students, faculty and alumni were recognized at the 59th Annual New England Book Show on Tuesday, May 3, including many who took Best in Category awards.

Co-chaired by Kristina DeMichele MA ’15, the Book Show is an annual juried event honoring the best material from book and journal publishers throughout New England. Around 20 judges evaluate submissions across more than 30 categories for work in both print and digital media.

Several publications and alumni won or placed in many categories. Redivider won Best in Category for Literary Magazines, followed by Ploughshares, which was award first place in the same category.

Best in Category for Small and Self-Publishers, Non-Illustrated Book went to Ghost Box Evolution in Cadillac, Michigan by Rosie Forrest, which was designed by Rebecca Saraceno MA ’04 and produced by Abigail Beckel MA ’05. The book also won Best in Category for Small and Self-Publisher Covers.

Katie Coaster MA ’11 was recognized in the Fixed Layout (The Best American Infographics 2015, edited by Gareth Cook) and Reflowable eBook (Dietland by Sarai Walker) categories for her work for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Publishing faculty Lisa Diercks placed for her cover design work on Dinner Pies in the Cookbook category.

Two alumnae took Best in Category in the Student division. Heather Fesmire MA ’15 who designed Grimm’s Fairy Stories by the Brothers Grimm won for Student Covers and Student Interior, while Jennifer Martin MA ’16 won for Student eBooks with Falafel in Purgatory, along with Sharmin Rahman.

Other Emerson honorees include:

First-Place Winners: Seacoo by G. Johnson and Yifan Luo, with art direction, cover design, and text design/composition by Jackie Shepherd MA 12 (Small and Self-Publishers Illustrated); The Great Detective by Zach Dundas, with text composition by Kelly Dubeau-Smydra ’01 (General Trade Non-Illustrated); New York in a Dozen Dishes by Robert Sietsema, with text design by WLP affiliated faculty Alex Camlin (General Trade Illustrated); Global Epidemiology of Cancer by Randall E. Harris, with production coordination by Tracey McCrea, publishing certificate ’03 (College Print); Gardner’s Art through the Ages: A Concise Global History, 4th Edition by Fred S. Kleiner, with manufacturing coordination by Julio Esperas MA (College Covers); The Vitruvian Heir by L.S. Kilroy/Lauren Marsh MA ’04 (Small and Self-Publisher Covers); SPINE by EmersonWRITES and Emerson PATHWAYS, designed by Mary Nolan MA ’15, with art direction by Bryana Scalley MA ’15 (Student Covers); and Split the Red Earth Open by Mireidys Garcia MA ’16 (Student Interiors).

Second-Place Winners: Angell at 100 by Karen Campbell, with production and manufacturing coordination by Ari Choquette MA ’15 (Small and Self-Publishers Illustrated); Baba Yaga’s Assistant by Marika McCoola, with cover and text design/composition by Lisa Rudden MA ’07 (Graphic Novels); Crafted: Objects in Flux from MFA Publications, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, with jacket design by Anjali Pala MA ’10 (Coffee Table Books); Education Press Spring 2015 Catalog by Harvard Education Press, Laura Cutone, Branding/Marketing certificate ’12 (Reference); and To the Strangers, from Far Away by student Bailey Tamayo, produced by Emerson Undergraduate Students for Publishing (Student Interiors).

A complete list of all the Book Show winners can be found at

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