Everything about this book is right: the illustrations, the placing of the hand-lettered text, the choice of paper and the decision to use just a single spot colour in each story. With all this, plus the evident craftsmanlike skill and care that has been lavished upon it, In the Pines definitely belongs in this year’s selection. Without deviating from its stylistic principles the book exudes the same attitude with an eye for quality in production. It’s a bold move to bring out In the Pines (including a CD of ‘5 Murder Ballads’) as a commercial publication.

Author Erik Kriek

Year 2016

Language Dutch

Publisher Scratch Books, Amsterdam

Designer Rob Westendorp; handlettering by Frits Jonker

Prepress Tim Beijer Producties, Utrecht

Printer Wilco Boeken en Tijdschriften, Amersfoort (1st printing in full colour, 2nd printing in seven Pantone colours. CD glued to the inside of the binding.)

Binder Handboekbinderij Geertsen, Nijmegen

Size 200 x 275 x 11 mm

Number of pages 136 p.

Price € 29.90

ISBN 978 94 92117 39 7

Font Eames Century Modern (House Industries)

Binding style Sewn hardback, half linen, with a rounded spine. Foil stamping on the spine, anti-scratch matt lamination and spot varnishing on the binding.

Material 1st printing: 130gsm Munken Pure, 2nd printing: 120gsm BIO TOP 3 (interior); 170gsm Munken Pure (endpapers); 150gsm Woodfree glazed MC, over 2.5 mm grey board, spine: Brillianta Calandré 34038 (binding)