Ben Franklin Awards – Their Love of Music wins!

The Independent Book Publishers Association announced the Benjamin Franklin Book Awards Tuesday night on the eve of the BookExpo in New York City. Stephen Azzato’s book Their Love of Music won for Best Cover Design – Large Format Books. The Ben Franklin Awards are some of the most prestigious awards in publishing, especially for the independent publishers. The Independent Book Publishers Association is the largest association representing independent publishers.


This marks the second year in a row which Quiet Light Publishing has won this award. In 2010 we won for Richard Mack’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Thirty Years of American Landscapes in the same category. This is our 4th Ben Franklin Book Award as The Lewis & Clark Trail American Landscapes book was a 2006 Silver Medalist for Best Coffee Table Book and for Best Nature Book.  

Congratulations to Stephen Azzato and to our designer Rich Nickel of Rich Nickel Design!


Remember – You can purchase all three books at your favorite bookseller or online at the Quiet Light Publishing website and each book will be autographed by the photographer!


QLP Wins 2 International Book Awards!


The International Book Awards were announced today and we are very proud to be able to tell you that Quiet Light Publishing garnered two awards.

The International Book Awards received thousands of entries in over 140 categories. This year books were submitted from 11 different countries.

Their Love of Music by Stephen Azzato (ISBN 9780975395431) was named the Winner in the Photography: People category.

Steve Azzato has captured the essence of the creative spirit in the faces and words of the musicians themselves. Featuring portraits of one-hundred seventeen artists, the book takes a slightly different approach to music photography than typically seen. Steve was able to sit with a wide range of musicians and explore what drew them to their art.

 Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Thirty Years of American Landscapes by Richard Mack (ISBN 9780975395424) was named the Winner for Photography: Nature.

What began as a camping excursion for a “20 something” photographer, has culminated into a 245 image book sweeping the array of seasons at this our most visited national park.  From its lush dew laden prairie grass near Cades Cove to sunset from Morton Overlook after a late winter snowfall on Clingmans Dome, Richard’s photos capture this pristine treasure of 2 million acres spanning from Tennessee to North Carolina.

We are honored to have been selected winners for these two great books! Of course you can purchase any of our books from your favorite bookseller or get yours signed by the photographers by purchasing them through Quiet Light Publishing.

Their Love of Music – Ben Franklin Book Awards Finalist


Independent Book Publishers Association today announced the finalist for the prestigious Ben Franklin Book Awards and Their Love of Music, by Stephen Azzato was named one of three finalists for Best Cover Design – Large Format Books. These awards are some of the most coveted in the book industry. The final awards will be presented during an evening ceremony May 23, 2011in New York City at the start of BookExpo, the industry’s largest book show. 

Named in honor of America’s most cherished publisher/printer, the Benjamin Franklin Awards recognizes excellence in independent publishing. Publications, grouped by genre are judged on editorial and design merit by top practitioners in each field.

 Congratulations to Steve Azzato on this great accomplishment and to Richard Mack, and Rich Nickel who worked with Steve on the design of this great book.