The book is Do! with text by Gita Wolf and illustrations in the Warli style of art from Maharashtra, by Ramesh Hengadi and Shantaram Dhadpe. It's published by Tara Books, the marvelously innovative independent publishing house launched fifteen years ago by Gita and colleagues.
Sarah Blake Johnson interviews Gita Wolf on Cynsations and talks to her about writing process, collaboration, innovation, and what's next for this vibrant publishing house.
Excerpts from the jury's comments on Do!
The exquisite artistry of Katsumi Komagata has produced a beautiful book. Its pictorial minimalism has an elegant, dream-like quality. True to the traditions of Gutenberg and Bodoni, the very paper itself is of utmost importance, a refined element of a delicate, nuanced Ars Poetica that animates the whole work. In a society of wastefulness, excess and bad taste, Katsumi Komagata offers us this quiet story told in muted elegant tones.
Congratulations to Gita, the illustrators, and everyone at Tara Books on this well-deserved recognition.