Press Release - Detail
For immediate release Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016
CONTACT: Roy L. Williams                                                 
Director of Public Relations                         
Birmingham Public Library                                               
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067                                                        
Birmingham Public Library announces Recovering the Classics contest winners
 BIRMINGHAM, Ala. –The Birmingham Public Library (BPL) has named the winning entries in its “Recovering the Classics” contest. BPL partnered with Books-A-Million to host a contest for Alabama artists of all ages and abilities to design a cover for a classic book. Over 50 people submitted their cover designs to be judged in the adult and youth divisions.
Prizes included the artist's cover design on a classic book created by Books-A-Million's Espresso Book Machine, Books-A-Million gift cards, and Recovering the Classics posters. The three judges were David Blake, librarian and head of the Fiction Department at BPL; Gary Chapman, professor of painting and art at the University of Alabama at Birmingham; and Meredith Knight, studio programs coordinator at the Birmingham Museum of Art.
"Alabama has amazing artists, and the judges had a very difficult decision narrowing down the winners," said Laura Gentry, chair of the Recovering the Classics Committee. "We are excited to share their re-imagined book covers for classic books."
Recovering the Classics is a crowdsourced collection of original covers for classic books in the public domain created by illustrators, typographers, and designers of all stripes. Its partners include the Creative Action Network, Harvard Book Store, Plympton's DailyLit, the White House, the New York Public Library, and the Digital Public Library of America.
To view more winning covers in BPL's Recovering the Classics contest, visit
Read more about Recovering the Classics winners at link below:
The winners were as follows:
1st: Metamorphosis by Julie Borden
2nd: The Time Machine by Eric Poland
3rd: Cyrano de Bergerac by Veronique Vanblaere
1st: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Alexandra Foreman
2nd: A Tale of Two Cities by Zoe Jacks
3rd: The Secret Garden by Emma Thornsberry
Adult Honorable Mentions
Frankenstein by Hillary Floyd
The Secret Garden by Amber Orr
Youth Honorable Mentions
Around the World in Eighty Days by Elle Squires
Moby Dick by Hunter Criddle
The Three Musketeers by Cecilia Kong
Arabian Nights by Rachael George

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