Smoky Mountains Book Named Silver Medalist in Eric Hoffer Book Awards

On Sunday while I was walking along the shore of Lake Michigan I received an email notifying me that my book Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Thirty Years of American Landscapes had won the Silver Medal in the Art, Photography & Coffee Table books category of the Eric Hoffer Book Awards. It is an honor to have received this accolade from the industry. 

In the review of the book US Review of Books said the following: 

The US Review of Books: The Eric Hoffer Award.”

Great Smoky Mountain National Park: Thirty Years of American Landscapes, Richard Mack, Quiet Light Publishing Photographer Richard Mack doesn’t let words get in the way of his sumptuous series of pictures of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. For thirty years, Mack has roamed and captured images of this National Park beauty. The book is divided into the major park sections (i.e. Cades Cove, Oconaluftee, Roaring Fork etc.), exploring the natural subdivisions within each. Occasionally the filters are set for subtle effect, but mostly you will find icy clear depictions of the majesty wrought from this mountainous pine and deciduous forest in every season. It is the kind of coffee table book that draws you in and has you flipping through every page.

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It’s an honor to have been considered for this award and even more humbling to have been the first runner up for this award. More awards will be awarded in New York at BookExpo later in May so stay tuned to see how we fair in those awards!

If you haven’t seen the book you can Look Inside the Book at Quiet Light Publishing and purchase signed copies! You can also purchase signed copies of the 2007 Eric Hoffer Book Award Gold Medalist winner The Lewis & Clark Trail: American Landscapes!

The Lewis & Clark Trail: American Landscapes by Richard Mack



Eric Hoffer Book Awards – Grand Prize finalists announced, We made it!

The Eric Hoffer Book Awards committee has announced the finalists list for the 2010 Grand Prize Award for Independent Publishing. Quiet Light Publishing’s book Great Smokey Mountains National Park: Thirty Years of American Landscapes, Photographs by Richard Mack has made this short list. Two Grand Prizes are awarded annually, one for short prose and one for excellence in publishing of independent books from small publishers.

The Eric Hoffer Book Awards were established at the beginning of the 21st century as a means of opening the door to writing of significant merit. It honors the memory of the great American philosopher Eric Hoffer by highlighting salient writing as well as the independent spirit of small publisher’s.

We are honored to be named to the short list. The final winners will be named at Book Expo in New York City on May 24-25. They are also covered in the US Review of Books. So now we wait for the final judging!