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The Jack D. Rittenhouse Award is given annually at the PubWest Conference. The Rittenhouse Award was established in 1990 as a way to thank and honor those who have made a real contribution to the western community of the book. The award is given annually in memory of Jack D. Rittenhouse, the West's legendary bookman.

Nominations are open to publishers, authors, booksellers, sales representatives, librarians, and book designers, as well as anyone who has made a significant and lifelong contribution to the community of the book in the West. The award may be given to a living person or it may be given posthumously. One does not have to be a member of PubWest to be nominated. The nominee does not have to know they have been nominated, but that is up to the individual nominating the person.

Nominations may be made by any member of PubWest, as an individual or in a role as a corporate member. The deadline to submit a nomination is September 4, 2020. This year’s recipient will be celebrated during the online PubWest conference early next year.

Make a nomination using our online nomination form.

See a list of past Rittenhouse recipients here.


A Competition Reflecting the Best of Book Design and Production
We've recently made some changes to this year’s PubWest Book Design Awards program. Historically, the judging for these awards takes place in person during the summer. But with travel restrictions, this is not possible right now. So we've made some updates.


New Entry Deadline
December 31, 2020.

New Eligibility Range
Any book that was published between January 1, 2019, and December 31, 2020, is now eligible for this year’s awards.

New Mailing Address
PubWest Design Awards, Attn: Executive Director, 4207 SE Woodstock Blvd. Unit 253, Portland, OR 97206.

New Email Address
For questions about submissions and eligibility email 

New Timeline
Judging will be in January 2021 and the awards will be announced at the virtual conference in February 2021.

You can check out all the details for the Awards here. When you’re ready, we invite you to submit your titles and explore the application process.


PubWest’s Board of Directors grieves with the Black community and its allies over Rayshard Brooks, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Oscar Grant, and the countless other Black lives lost to systemic violence, oppression, and anti-Black racism in American society.

In these turbulent times, when racism and violence are mobilizing Americans and Canadians to take to the streets despite an unprecedented viral pandemic, PubWest’s Board of Directors, led by the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee, has committed to honor this statement and execute an action plan to move toward a more equitable and just publishing community.



Forté Business Consulting, led by Michele Cobb, has been chosen as interim executive director PubWest by its board of directors. Janet Benson and JoAnna Laskas will serve on the team as well. 

When announcing this appointment, board president Colleen Dunn Bates wrote: “In choosing an interim executive director, the search committee identified immediate priorities for the coming months, including growing membership, improving communications, and 2021 conference planning. They felt, and we agreed, that Michele and Forté Business Consulting are the ideal team to successfully take us to the next step.”


(Lake Oswego, OR)—PubWest, the leading trade association of small- and medium-sized book publishers, has awarded its 2020 Jack D. Rittenhouse Award to Malcolm Margolin.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to have some personal interactions with Malcolm, and he has been an absolute inspiration,” said Colleen Dunn Bates, PubWest board president and publisher at Prospect Park Books. “His love of books, his dedication to language and its preservation, and his reverence for the natural world and our mutually beloved state of California have made him a hero to me and every other Western publisher. I can think of no one more deserving of this honor.”

Malcolm Margolin will accept the Rittenhouse Award during the PubWest 2020 conference, scheduled for February 20–22 at the Hilton Portland Downtown, in Portland, Oregon.

The Founder and Executive Director of the California Institute for Community, Arts, and Nature, Malcolm Margolin is an author, publisher, and former executive director of Heyday (formerly Heyday Books), an independent nonprofit publisher and cultural institution in Berkeley, California, which he founded in 1974. Through Heyday, he published hundreds of books and oversaw the creation of two magazines, News from Native California (1987) and Bay Nature (2001). He also co-founded The Alliance for California Traditional ArtsThe Inlandia Institute, and was instrumental in the creation of a number of Indian groups, including The California Basketweavers Association and Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival. Malcolm has also written several books on California natural history, cultural history, and Indian life, including The Ohlone Way: Indian Life in the San Francisco-Monterey Bay Area (1978), which was named by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the hundred most important nonfiction books of the twentieth century by a Western writer. He has received many prestigious awards, including a community service award from The San Francisco Foundation, Lifetime Achievement Awards from The Bay Area Book Reviews Association and the California Studies Association, a Cultural Freedom Award from the Lannan Foundation, and the Chairman’s Commendation from the National Endowment for the Humanities—for this award, he is the second recipient from the United States. His new book, Deep Hanging Out: Wanderings and Wonderments in Native California, will be published by Heyday in 2021.

Heyday was founded by Malcolm Margolin in 1974 when he wrote, typeset, designed, and distributed The East Bay Out, a quirky, personal, affectionate guide to the natural history of the hills and shores around Berkeley and Oakland. Out of this modest first effort a major California cultural enterprise took shape. From the start, Heyday worked in partnership with many of California’s leading cultural organizations. Heyday cofounded California Historical Society Press with the California Historical Society and together published several distinguished books. Heyday also has produced books in conjunction with the California Council for the Humanities; the California State Library; the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley; the Oakland Museum of California; the Commonwealth Club of California; Santa Clara University; the California Academy of Sciences; the Japanese American National Museum; Yosemite Conservancy; and many others.

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