Friday, May 27, 2011

Ocean Publishing Wins the Benjamin Franklin Award

Ocean Publishing and Jean-Michel Cousteau
Are Winning Team

FLAGLER BEACH, FLA – Ocean Publishing, a small traditional publisher on Florida’s east coast, won the coveted Benjamin Franklin Award in New York City on May 23rd. Explore the Southeast National Marine Sanctuaries with Jean-Michel Cousteau was selected as a category winner out of over 1300 entries in the 23rd Annual Benjamin Franklin Awards program conducted by the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) to recognize excellence in independent publishing. Publications, grouped by genre, are judged on editorial and design merit by top practitioners in each field.

Frank Gromling, founder and publisher, received the award at a gala dinner ceremony attended by 500 people at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. In his acceptance, he said, “Receiving the Benjamin Franklin Award from this association is a great honor because of the high quality of the award-winning books you have chosen over the past 23 years.” He added, “To me, it signals that Ocean Publishing is reaching the performance levels we had set for ourselves when we opened our doors eight years ago. Our motto, ‘Making waves with quality books’ now has even more meaning.”

Explore the Southeast National Marine Sanctuaries with Jean-Michel Cousteau is a grand adventure, an intelligent inquiry into the health of the oceans, and a visual look at amazing underwater natural treasures. “Cousteau” enthusiasts and modern environmental adventurers will appreciate the stunning photography, engaging text, and first-person behind-the scenes narratives that guide the reader through the Southeast region (Florida Keys, Florida; Flower Garden Banks, Gulf of Mexico; Gray's Reef, Georgia) of the National Marine Sanctuaries.

Upon learning about the award, Jean-Michel Cousteau said, “I am pleased and honored to learn that the first book in our new four-book series by Ocean Publishing has been recognized by IBPA as a high-quality independently published book, documenting the beauty and value of marine sanctuaries. I wish to thank our publisher Frank Gromling of Ocean Publishing, his editor Dr. Maia McGuire and designer Nate Myers, chief expedition photographer Carrie Vonderhaar, and many others that participated in bringing this book to life. My goal has always been to communicate the beauty of the ocean and the necessity of protecting it to the widest possible audience. This series is intended not only to inspire, but to inform the general public on specific measures that are working to preserve our ocean resources.”

Ocean Publishing produces nonfiction books about nature, marine life, environment and conservation. Started in 2002, the company has 21 titles and publishes 3-4 books per year. Represented in the book trade by Chicago-based Independent Publishers Group (IPG) in the United States and worldwide, Ocean Publishing is located at 200 S. Oceanshore Blvd, across from the Atlantic Ocean in Flagler Beach. Besides production, administration and marketing functions, the space contains a retail store for ocean’s books, plus two art galleries and an information center for residents and visitors.

Jean-Michel Cousteau, the son of the iconic ocean explorer and protector Jacques-Yves Cousteau, is the founder and president of Ocean Futures Society, Santa Barbara, California. As Chairman of the Board and President, Jean-Michel travels the world, meeting with leaders and policymakers at the grassroots level and at the highest echelons of government and business. He is dedicated to educating young people, documenting stories of change and hope, and lending his reputation and support to energize alliances for positive change. His accomplishments in ocean protection are legendary.

Explore the Southeast National Marine Sanctuaries with Jean-Michel Cousteau (ISBN 9780982694015) is available at local bookstores, Internet booksellers, and at both Ocean Futures Society and Ocean Publishing.

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