Ukrainian Books Crop International Awards for Print Quality
Kyiv, June 13, 2012. The print and content quality of the books published by Ukrainian publishing houses received international recognition at the Ninth International Competition The Book Art. Ukraine cropped a prize in each category it was represented in. Ukrainian books won prizes in five out of seven categories of The Book Art.
The jury of the competition received the total amount of five applications from Ukrainian publishing houses and awarded a prize to each of them.
The book on the National Sanctuary Sophia of Kyiv received the second degree diploma in the category Commonwealth. Vasyl Lopata. Life and Work received the third degree diploma in My Country category. The juryawarded Tara-Pata’s Solka and Cook by Oksana Lushchevska and Lana Svitankova with the third degree diploma in Book for Children and Teenagers category.
Gift-book Ship of Fools by Sebastian Brant received the first degree diploma in the category Art Book. Illustrated book Ship of Fools by Sebastian Brant is a 140-page edition of the classic satire piece, written back in 1494 by the conservative German theologian. Translated in Ukrainian, the 80-dollar book has a fancy hardcover and is sized 23.6 by 33 centimeters (9.3 by 13 inches).
Lastly, Ukrainian publishing house Ukrainske Narodoznavstvo was granted a special Grand Prix diploma of The Book Art for its publication Opishnia Painted Bowl of Late 19th – Early 20th Century by Oles Poshyvailo.
The jury of The Book Art evaluated 121 applications for the competition by publishing houses from ten countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Ukraine.
Another big winner at the Ninth International Competition The Book Art was Belarus. Having sent to the competition 23 books Belarus received seven awards in Astana.
Interestingly, Ukraine is home to one of the founders of Eastern Slavonic printing Ivan Fyodorov. In the 16th century the inventor worked in Moscow and Lviv. Throughout his career Fyodorov published mostly religious books (the Bible, collections of Psalms, etc.) using movable type. Notably, he used Cyrillic letters.