SLSU wins Gold at IPPYs

St. Louis Seen and Unseen, a coffee-table photo book published in 2006 by Virginia Publishing Company, has won a gold medal for the Best Regional Non-Fiction book in the Midwest by Independent Publisher. The book was authored, designed and photoedited by Michael Kilfoy.

Independent Publisher is the leading trade organization for regional and independent book publishers throughout the U.S. They sponsor the annual “IPPY” awards for the industry. The award will be presented June 1 in New York City at the Independent Publisher 11th Annual Awards Presentation. The presentation is held during the book industry’s largest annual convention, BookExpo America, June 1 to 3 in New York. To learn more about the IPPYs, check out Independent Publisher online.

St. Louis Seen and Unseen has become a runaway local bestseller and drawn critical praise and attention. From images of the old and new Busch Stadium to a Fourth of July parade in Webster Groves; from the wonders of Forest Park to the solemnity of our churches and cemeteries; from the historic brick architecture of the city to the gleaming new skyscrapers; St. Louis Seen and Unseen captures our city at a remarkable time.

Award-winning designer and photographer Michael Kilfoy has assembled a visual portrait of St. Louis comprising 184 images selected from thousands of original photos as seen through the lenses of 33 local photographers. The book is the first one of its kind. St. Louis Magazine said the book “gathers striking and gently revealing images of our city, past and present.”

SLSU was featured recently on KWMU's Cityscape program hosted by Steve Potter. You can hear it here from the KWMU website. The book has also been featured in a front-page article in the St. Louis Suburban Journals, a front-page article in the Everyday section of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and articles in the Riverfront Times and West End Word. Kilfoy has been interviewed and featured on local radio and television as well, including Fox 2, KSDK’s “Show Me St. Louis,” KMOX, KTRS and WRTH.