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Juneau resident Mark Kelley received the Benjamin Franklin Award on May 17 in Washington, D.C. for his book, "Alaska's Tracy Arm and Sawyer Glaciers." The award, sponsored by the Publishers Marketing
Association, is given for overall book quality with consideration for photography, design, writing, printing and overall presentation. Seventeen-hundred books were entered in the contest.
With Kelley, more than 600 publishers attended the awards ceremony. Kelley enjoyed the evening with his sister and her husband. The trip to the nation's capital also gave him a chance to visit his father who lives in the area.
This was Kelley's second time to win the honor. The first time was in 2001 for his book on Glacier Bay. He is working now on his ninth book, an extensive book on Alaska, he says. The book will be ready for distribution in April 2007.
Contributors to "Alaska's Tracy Arm and Sawyer Glaciers" include book designer Laura Lucas and writer Nick Jans.