The 2013 Jack D. Rittenhouse Award Winner is Jack Shoemaker of Counterpoint Press.
Publishers Association of the West’s Rittenhouse Award was established in 1990 as a way to thank and honor those who have made a real contribution to the Western community of the book. The award is given annually in memory of Jack D. Rittenhouse, the West’s consummate book man.
Shoemaker will accept the Rittenhouse Award during PubWest 2013 scheduled for November 7-9 at the La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Jack Shoemaker began his literary career as a bookseller in 1963 in Santa Barbara, California, and has never wavered from his dedication to fine literature. Over the course of forty years he has owned or managed several important literary bookshops, including The Unicorn Bookshop, Serendipity Books, and Sand Dollar Booksellers & Publishers. He has also been the publisher of several small fine presses including Unicorn, Maya Editions, and Sand Dollar Books, and helped found Small Press Distribution, a distributor for the work of dozens of independent presses, which is today the largest and most successful operation of its kind.
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The PubWest Board of Directors selects a Rittenhouse Award recipient each May, and the award presentation takes place during the annual PubWest Conference.