Independent Publisher has selected a West Virginia University Press book as a gold medal recipient in its 2014 “IPPY” Awards contest.

Cass Gilbert’s West Virginia State Capitol by Ann Thomas Wilkins and David G. Wilkins is the gold medalist in Mid-Atlantic – Best Regional Non-Fiction category.

The Independent Publisher Book Awards were conceived in 1996 as a broad-based, unaffiliated awards program open to all members of the independent publishing industry. The awards bring increased recognition to the thousands of exemplary independent, university, and self-published titles produced each year, and reward those who exhibit the courage, innovation, and creativity to bring about change in the world of publishing.

With 330 medalists chosen from 5,500 total entries, the 2014 IPPY Award winners are unique and distinguished. This year, IPPY medals were given to entrants from 50 U.S. states, nine Canadian provinces, and 32 countries overseas.

Cass Gilbert’s West Virginia State Capitol narrates the intricate story behind this architectural feat. Its close examination of the design, construction, and execution of this commission not only reveals the social, political, and financial climate of West Virginia during this period but also provides insight into the cultural importance of this public building. As Cass Gilbert’s design process is traced through unpublished documentation, drawings, and letters from several archives, the over one hundred accompanying photographs—many historical and others newly commissioned for this book—divulge the subtle beauty of the Capitol complex. At the same time, an extensive analysis of historical and contemporary illustrations and primary sources further elucidates the architectural value of this structure.

With welcoming remarks by West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and State Senator Brooks F. McCabe, Jr., a prologue by art historians Bernard Schultz and Mary L. Soldo Schultz, and an epilogue by Chad Proudfoot, this revealing and comprehensive study examines the importance of this often overlooked architectural accomplishment, solidifying its significance as a socio-political symbol as well as its place within the history of American public architecture.

Ann and David will be honored for their accomplishments at the 18th annual “IPPY” Awards Ceremony and Reception on May 28 during the annual BookExpo America publishing convention in New York, New York. Learn more about Independent Publisher and the “IPPY” Awards contest. To learn more about WVU Press, visit



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