South Park artist, author Linda Nagy receives top book awards |

South Park artist, author Linda Nagy receives top book awards

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On Saturday, Aug. 23, the Colorado Independent Publishers Association held its 20th annual CIPA EVVY awards banquet and ceremony. From 278 books submitted, awards were presented in several categories based on strict rules and judging criteria. President Patricia Ross and past president Mike Daniels, of Conifer, hosted the event at the Artwork Network gallery in Denver.

South Park artist and author Linda Nagy was awarded first place for illustrations for “If You Tell Me, I Can Fly!” written by Sharon Thayer and published by Carousel Publishing. Nagy gave a brief statement in which she thanked Thayer for the opportunity to illustrate her book.

“It was quite a challenge because I had to create watercolor illustrations on everything from ladybug larvae, caterpillars to eagles, all in natural settings,” Nagy said.

As the evening progressed, “If You Tell Me, I Can Fly!” received additional awards, including first place in the Motivational category, second place in Children’s Nonfiction and a merit award for Interior Layout and Design.

When awards were announced for Academic Reference, Nagy again scored with a first-place win for a book she wrote, “Rocky Mountain Wildflowers Field Guide.” As she accepted the award, she gave credit to her husband, Bernie Nagy, for his professional photographs, which made the book complete, and for the excellent printing of Four Colour Publishing.

Before the evening was over, Linda Nagy received two more awards for “Rocky Mountain Wildflowers Field Guide.” The book garnered a first-place award in the Nature category and a merit award for Interior Layout and Design, which Linda Nagy credited mostly to husband Bernie’s help.

Linda and Bernie Nagy previously received several first-place awards for their coffee table books “Colorado’s South Park: High Country Paradise” in 2010 and for “South Park Colorado: Nature’s Paradise” in 2012. They have been members of CIPA since 2008 and credit much of their success to the help and mentoring they’ve received from fellow CIPA members.

The 224-page “Rocky Mountain Wildflowers Field Guide” is available through for $11.95 with free shipping or at The Next Page Books & Nosh in Frisco and the Colorado Store in Silverthorne.

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