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A Life in Letters: Alum’s World War II Book Wins Best Overall Design in 2017 Indie Book Awards

Posted May 31, 2017 in AlumniGraphic Design

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) adjunct instructor and alumna Amy Johnson (’14, BFA Graphic Design) continues to impress critics with her debut non-fiction book Letters Lost Then Found.

A visual chronology of the extensive correspondence between Johnson’s grandfather, William Raubinger, and his youngest brother Freddie, who left home at age 19 to serve in World War II and never returned, Letters Lost Then Found recently won Best Overall Design (Non-Fiction) in the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, open to independent publishers and authors worldwide. The book also garnered a finalist nod in the Historical Non-Fiction category.

book by alum Amy JohnsonA look inside Letters Lost Then Found (image courtesy of Amy Johnson) 

Along with photographs of the letters themselves, arranged in chronological order, the book features a running timeline of key historical information about the war, pertaining particularly to the China Burma India Theatre in which Freddie served.

Long before it was published by Splattered Ink Press out of Grand Haven, Mich. in early 2016, Letters Lost Then Found began as a class project that would go on to win a prestigious Gold ADDY Award in the National American Advertising Awards.

book by alum Amy JohnsonA look inside Letters Lost Then Found (image courtesy of Amy Johnson) 

In addition to a $100 cash prize, Johnson will be listed in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards Catalog, distributed to thousands of book buyers, publishers, media outlets, and other industry contacts. Letters Lost Then Found and the other winning publications will also be personally reviewed by leading New York literary agent Marilyn Allen.

WMUK 102.1, the radio station of Western Michigan University, recently had Johnson on-air to discuss her the book's evolution from concept to award-winning publication. Listen to the interview here


Learn more about Amy Johnson and her award-winning book at letterslostthenfound.com.

Learn more about KCAD’s Graphic Design program at kcad.edu/graphicdesign