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Foreword Reviews' INDIEFAB Book of the Year

One more Gold Medal for A Secret History of the Ollie ! It was announced by Foreword Reviews at the 2016 American Library Association (ALA) annual conference in Orlando last Saturday that A Secret History of the Ollie took top honors in Sports. I was there for the week with Black Salt Press at booth 989 signing books and meeting librarians from all over the country, and world. This makes the 3rd gold medal for the book. In addition, the book was named "Best In Category for Illustrated General Trade" books at the 58th Annual New England Book Show in Boston and was selected by Mother Jones magazine as one of the Top Ten Photobooks of the Year. (Even though it's really a history book.) Librarians and other interested parties can get the book at 15% off from June 28 to July 31. Use code "ALA16" during checkout at Black Salt Press.
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Gold Medal: 20th Annual 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards at BEA in Chicago

It was announced today that A Secret History of the Ollie took a Gold Medal in the 20th Annual 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards. The awards presentation will take place on the evening of May 10 from 6 to 9 pm in Chicago at Skydeck on the 99th floor of the Willis Tower. The IP Book Awards by no coincidence concur with BookExpo America (BEA), the largest publisher trade show of the year which runs from May 11 to May 13 at McCormick Place in Chicago. This is the 5th award the book has so far garnered.


Finalist for Forward Reviews' Book of the Year Award

It was just announced today that A Secret History of the Ollie has been chosen as a Book of the Year Award Finalist, making this the 4th award the book has received so far. In June 2016, Foreword Reviews will celebrate the winners at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Orlando. Editor’s Choice Prize 2015 for Fiction, Nonfiction and Foreword Reviews’ 2015 INDIEFAB Publisher of the Year Award will also take place during the presentation.

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Best of 2015: Top 10 Photobooks

Mother Jones Magazine has listed A Secret History of the Ollie as the “Best of 2015: Top 10 Photobooks of the Year." The surprise here is that the book is not really a "photobook" per se, but the inclusion of over 1200 amazing images and photographs that help illustrate the story probably helped.


Limited Edition Bro Bowl Print

Signed and numbered copies of the Bro Bowl print are still available through the museum store at the Skateboarding Heritage Foundation website. Proceeds go to benefit SHF and its operations, as well as its effort to preserve the historic 1970s snake run and skate bowl in Perry Harvey Sr. Park in Tampa, Florida. SHF was responsible for its listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The Bro Bowl is historically the first structure related to skateboarding and skate culture to ever become listed.

"Bro Bowl: 35 Years" poster, 2014
screen print and letterpress on heavy stock
22 x 14 inches
Limited edition of 35, signed and numbered by Craig B. Snyder
In Collaboration with Julia Arredondo and Vice Versa Press
(sample below is an unsigned, unnumbered print)

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Going for the Gold: FAPA President's Book Awards, Orlando

A Secret History of the Ollie walked off with its second award for today, taking a Gold Medal at the 2015 FAPA President’s Book Awards in Orlando. 


A Secret History of the Ollie Featured in Concrete Wave

A Secret History of the Ollie is featured in the new issue of Concrete Wave Magazine (Summer 2015; Vol. 14, No. 1). The piece includes a special introduction by author Craig B. Snyder and a chapter excerpt. Thanks to publisher Michael Brooke for the love. 


Ollie Power!

Recent cover for THE NEW YORKER magazine (August 3, 2015 issue), "The Endless Summer" by Mark Ulriksen. The significance of skateboarding's Ollie cannot be overstated as it continues to transcend even the heaviest of metal and knows no bounds. Nice orange tones combined with strong lines; similar in ways to the book cover. Could this be A Secret History of the Ollie-inspired artwork?

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Best in Category: General Trade, Illustrated: 58th Annual New England Book Show, Boston

A Secret History of the Ollie (Black Salt Press), took its first book award this month at the prestigious 58th Annual New England Book Show in Boston. This 912-page full color book won Best in Category for General Trade, Illustrated books. The awards dinner was held at Boston Symphony Hall on May 5, 2015. Following the lead of A Secret History of the Ollie were The Best American Infographics 2014 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and Topless Cellist: The Improbable Life of Charlotte Moorman (The M.I.T. Press).

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Designed by the Ollie

"Imagine a city of the future where skateboards are used as the primary form of transportation and recreation – in and out of your home. A utopia city for skateboarders would mean that a skateable path, like a ribbon connecting everything together, links each building in an unending ability to keep in motion on your board. The PAS House takes this concept and brings it to life through an architectural project mixing a modern single family home with a skateboard ramp structure – all from an environmentally-driven perspective."

One has to wonder what this unique house design (still in prototype stages) would look like without the Ollie. The oval deck shape used throughout the house as a theme is a by-product of the Ollie, as well as certain design aspects of the interior to entertain Ollie-based maneuvers. Pierre-André Senizergue, founder of the Etnies brand and its mother company, Sole Technology, has been working with designer Gil Le Bon Delapointe, the man behind the Skate Study House project, and Los Angeles-based, French architect Francois Perrin, on the PAS House where skateboarding and art collide.