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Leelanau Press Receives Silver IPPY award for Leelanau Trek

Leelanau Press was well represented at the IPPY awards celebration May 30, 2017 in New York City by Director Brita Siepker. Conducted annually since 1996, the Independent Publisher Book Awards honors the year's best independently published titles from around the world. The awards bring increased recognition to the thousands of exemplary independent, university, and self-published titles published each year. Offering awards in 80 subject categories, IPPY is the largest grantor of awards. This year there were 5000 entries, and awards were given to winning publishers and authors at BookExpo America.

It takes a team working together to produce a SILVER book award in Great Lakes Region non-fiction. In addition to photographer Ken Scott and  artist Kaye Krapol, Leslie Spaggins lead the team which including book designer Angela Saxon, Stephanie Brzenzinski, editor/proof reader, and printer Versa Press. Underwriters Tom and Burma Reed Powell, The Penning Group Advisors & Attorneys in Suttons Bay and Traverse City State Bank made this book possible. Book release reception was provided by Martha's Leelanau Table in Suttons Bay and Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association wines. 

Award stickers are on hand. Should you want one for the books you have already purchased, email Barbara@LeelanauPress.com and she will send them to you.


Book Review featured in Midwest Book Review

Small Press Bookwatch - The Photography Shelf: August 2016
Written by James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief, Midwest Book Review
278 Orchard Drive, Oregon, WI 53575

Historic Cottages of Glen Lake. Barbara Siepker, author and Dietrich Floeter, photographer 9780974206813, $55.00, HC, 248 pages

Synopsis: Historic Cottages of Glen Lake is a stunning coffee table book showcasing the photographic images of Dietrich Floeter. Rarely seen interior images of 50 cozy summer cottages and narratives provide a portrait of a special place and state of mind evoked by summer cottage living on beautiful Glen Lake. These cottages are viewed against the backdrop of early summer resort life in northern Michigan the first half of the twentieth century.

Dietrich Floeter's duotone photographs and author Barbara Siepker's captivating historical narratives include personal anecdotes on each cottage. The cottage is shown in its glory and reveals its importance in the lives of its owners and the broader community. In total they document the essence of these wonderful old cottages as well as life and time of bygone years.

Dietrich Floeter's intentional choice of a wide view camera replicates the type and style of camera that would have been used during the time period of the early resort era fully captures their essence through close attention to light and detail meticulously set up and framed.

Barbara Siepker previous owner of The Cottage Book Shop in Glen Arbor has interviewed over 100 local and summer resorters for this project. Paging through Historic Cottages of Glen Lake is like taking a walk through a time-warp. Rich images and narratives honor resort and cottage lore and memories in a manner not previously captured in a book.

Critique: Printed in duotone and featuring more than 300 memorable photographs, Historic Cottages of Glen Lake is enhanced with a number of illustrations by Lou Heiser and maps. A pure pleasure for browsing and unreservedly recommended for personal reading lists and community library collections, Historic Cottages of Glen Lake is one of those rare volumes that will linger in the mind and memorable long after the book itself has been finished and set back upon the shelf.