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Joan won 1st place nationally for her book, Pictures and People . . . in New York City last week. 1300 books were entered, and she got first place. What an incredible honor – and woman – and mother-in-law she is!

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Joan did it again! This time in New York! Congratulations!
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June 6, 2012  For Release anytime:

Pictures and People: A Search for Visual Truth and Social Justice, by Joan Liffring-Zug Bourret, published by Penfield Books of Iowa City  was the top winner in the 2012 contest of the Benjamin Franklin Awards for Autobiography/Memoirs.Winners were announced at a reception June 4, in the Astor room of the Marriott Marquis hotel, New York City. A total of 1300 books were entered.

Named in honor of America’s most cherished publisher/printer, the Benjamin Franklin Awards™ recognizes excellence in independent publishing. Publications, grouped by genre are judged on editorial and design merit by top practitioners in each field. Trophies are awarded to the best books in several categories and are presented to the publishers during a gala awards ceremony on the last evening of the Publishing University (just before the opening of Book Expo America).

Joan’s book covers over 60 years of her photography including nature photographs, photographs she took herself of the birth of her first son in 1951, and of people involved in the 1960s civil rights struggles in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Joan was elected into the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame in 1996. She has contributed over a million negatives to the Historical Society of Iowa.

Editors of Pictures and People included David Wright, Decorah, Iowa; Miriam Canter, John Johnson, John and Sandra Hudson, Mary Bennett, Whitney Pope, Dwayne Bourret, Iowa City; Deb Schense and Anne Kloubec North Liberty, and Graphic Designer Molly Cook, Sean Ullmer, and Mary Sharp, Cedar Rapids.

Earlier USA BookNews announed that Pictures and People, was a finalist in THE USA “BEST BOOKS 2011” AWARDS

USA BookNews.com, is the premier online magazine and review website for mainstream and independent publishing. Pictures and People was also a finalist in the contest of the Midwest Publishers Association 2012 awards