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Coffee Table Book


See below for the list of 2024 winners in the COFFEE TABLE BOOK category, for books with a copyright date of 2023.

Barbie Takes the Catwalk: A Style Icon's History in Fashion
2024 Gold Winner

Author: Karan Feder

Publisher: Weldon Owen

ISBN: 9798886740493

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For over 60 years, Barbie has epitomized and influenced fashion. Now, iconic designers are showcased to celebrate this bond between runway and toy aisle. From Dior to rave culture, Barbie's outfits mirror the times. Barbie Takes the Catwalk delves into her fashion impact, exploring her legacy's cultural and artistic significance.

Historic Williamson County: Treasured Sites
2024 Silver Winner

Author: James A. Crutchfield, photography by Robin Hood

Publisher: Grandin Hood Publishers

ISBN: 9798987641453

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This newest book from Grandin-Hood Publishers features captivating, full-color photographs and accompanying text for almost eighty 19th century historic Williamson County, Tennessee properties highlighting some of the South’s most beautiful and memorable architectural gems.  By the end of the nineteenth century, the county boasted some of America’ most distinguished residences – Glorified Pioneer cabins, Colonial, Federal, Greek Revival, and Victorian – many of which still exist and are featured in the present work.

Unplugged Voices: 125 Tales of Art and Life from Northern New Mexico, the Four Corners and the West
2024 Finalist

Author: curated/designed/edited/illustrated by Sara Frances

Publisher: Photo Mirage Books

ISBN: 9781734259025

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Lavishly illustrated coffee table gift book: 125 personal stories of the West from adventurers, survivors, historians, musicians, seers, ranchers, artists, entrepreneurs, scientists, advocates, writers. A sparkling anthology of captivating mini-memoirs, each in a 5-minute read.


See below for the list of 2023 winners in the COFFEE TABLE BOOK category, for books with a copyright date of 2022.

Detroit Steel Artists: How Edsel Ford, Ray Dietrich, Tom Hibbard, and Ralph Roberts Turned Motor City into a Styling Mecca Before Harley Earl
2023 Gold Winner

Author: Matthew Kilkenny

Publisher: Beaver's Pond Press

ISBN: 9781643437521

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Detroit Steel Artists is the first comprehensive story of the avant-garde artists of the automotive business—the outcasts who changed Detroit forever and made styling a selling point in the early 1920s. Societal changes, including the modernization of business and the women's movement, were powerful factors for styling's rise in significance. With more than a hundred period and modern images, Detroit Steel Artists takes readers on a panoramic tour of some of the most beautiful cars of the Classic Car Era.

Diocese of Nashville: A Family of Faith
2023 Silver Winner

Authors: text by Farrar Hood Cusomato and Whit Stiles, photography by Robin Hood, design by Jeff Carroll

Publisher: Grandin Hood Publishers

ISBN: 9781733930468

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Diocese of Nashville tells the story, of how a few faithful Catholic settlers on the Tennessee frontier in the late 1700’s grew into a vast community of 60 parishes, each remaining devoted to God and the communities they serve.  The parishes are presented with engaging text profiles and 300+ inspiring photographs.

Four Seasons of Mackinac
2023 Silver Winner

Authors: Jennifer Wohletz and Glen Young

Publisher: Mackinac Memories Books with Mackinac Jane's Publishing

ISBN: 9780997384789

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Four Seasons of Mackinac provides full access to the ever-changing landscape of Mackinac Island, Michigan.  Stunning photographs and insightful text by local artists capture the essence of the island ‘s history and natural splendor.  All of the iconic scenes are represented as well as many hidden gems through all seasons.


See below for the list of 2022 winners in the COFFEE TABLE BOOK category, for books with a copyright date of 2021.

Running the World: Marathon Memoirs from the Seven Continents
2022 Gold Winner

Author: Melissa Corley Carter, PhD

Publisher: Brown Books Publishing Group

ISBN: 9781612545059

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See the world through the eyes of runner, dreamer, and hardworking free spirit Melissa Corley Carter in this stunning book of photography and inspirational reflection. As she runs marathons on each of the seven continents, she embarks on journeys of physical and personal discovery, finding new elements to the beauty of life and what makes it all worthwhile.

Todd Reed: 50 Years Seeing Michigan Through a Lens
2022 Silver Winner

Author: Todd Reed

Publisher: Todd and Brad Reed Photography

ISBN: 9781792364815

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Explore 50 years of Michigan’s beauty in this uniquely showcased hard-cover photography art book by Todd Reed - first through his eyes as a highly acclaimed photojournalist, then as a distinguished Coast Guardsman, and since 1975 as one of Michigan’s best-known award-winning outdoor photographers.

Trusted Eye: Post-World War II Adventures of a Fearless Art Advocate
2022 Silver Winner

Author: Claudia Fontaine Chidester

Publisher: Fontaine Archive, LLC

ISBN: 9780988835825

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Trusted Eye is a compelling visual narrative of an American wife and mother finding her place amid the rubble of war-torn Germany. Virginia Fontaine fought continually for recognition—as a woman, a photographer, an art curator, and, perhaps most importantly, a liaison between beleaguered German artists and the outside world.


See below for the list of 2021 winners in the COFFEE TABLE BOOK category, for books with a copyright date of 2020. Click here to watch the Gold and Silver winner speeches.

Wine and the White House: A History
2021 Gold Winner

Author: Frederick J. Ryan, Jr.

Publisher: White House Historical Association

ISBN: 9781950273072

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Whether you’re a devotee of presidential history, a lover of wine, or both, Wine and the White House: A History is sure to prove informative and entertaining. The first book of its kind, it is a comprehensive journey through the history of White House hospitality that explores every president’s experience of wine. The fully illustrated pages also feature memorable presidential toasts, menus from historic White House gatherings, a catalog of vintages served, and spectacular new photography of the White House glassware collection.

Firsthand: Creating Gardens for All People
2021 Silver Winner

Author: Denver Botanic Gardens

Publisher: Beckon Books

ISBN: 9781935442769

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This stunning book, created for Denver Botanic Gardens, tells the story of the Gardens from its early 20th-century beginnings to the completion of its Master Development Plan in 2020. Featuring compelling stories, exquisite photography, archival images, and engaging quotes, Firsthand: Creating Gardens for All People captures the diverse people, plants, and programs at Denver Botanic Gardens.

Frederick Law Olmsted: Plans and Views of Communities and Private Estates
2021 Silver Winner

Editors: Charles E. Beveridge, Lauren Meier, and Irene Mills

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

ISBN: 9781421438672

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Full of original plans and historic photographs, this beautifully illustrated collection is the first comprehensive presentation of Olmsted's design concepts for communities and private estates.


See below for the list of 2020 winners in the COFFEE TABLE BOOK category, for books with a copyright date of 2019.

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Game of Thrones: The Costumes
2020 Gold Winner

Author: Michelle Clapton with Gina McIntyre

Publisher: Insight Editions

ISBN: 9781683835301

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Discover how Emmy Award-winning costume designer Michele Clapton dressed the heroes and villains of Westeros and beyond, including Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow, and Arya Stark.

Batman: The Definitive History of The Dark Knight
2020 Silver Winner

Author: Andrew Farago and Gina McIntyre

Publisher: Insight Editions

ISBN: 9781683834373

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Over 400 pages detailing every incarnation of The Caped Crusader across comics, TV, animation, movies, videogames and beyond.

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The Wild Herd: A Vanishing American Treasure
2020 Silver Winner

Author: Deborah Kalas

Publisher: Val de Grace Books

ISBN: 9780997640595

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Exquisite coffee-table book on wild horses documents family relationships photographed through the four seasons of the year.

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