Winning Cadeau cover art, family style

It may take a village to raise a child, but it takes only part of a family to produce a book. The cover of Communication Studies professor Dr. Terry Thibodeaux’s novel, Catherine’s Cadeau, won first place in the Book Cover Design category of the 2008 Summer Semi-Annual American Design Awards.

The American Design Awards is made up of 22 categories, and picks the top three in each category for the honor.

The cover was designed by Mark Thibodeaux, Dr. Thibodeaux’s son. A SHSU graduate, Mark majored in Advertising and Graphic Design. He is now employed with Reynolds and Reynolds, Inc.

Second place in the category was awarded to a re-issue of L. Ron Hubbard’s Dianetics.

“We’re thrilled about Mark’s cover receiving this recognition. We knew he had created a great cover for us, but it’s especially nice that experts in the design field also recognize his work. It was a special treat to have Mark work on this book with me,” Thibodeaux said.

Based on historical truths, Catherine’s Cadeau relives the life of character Monique LeBlanc, who visits Nova Scotia and joins an elderly missionary in the Acadian exile in the 18th century. The re-located Acadians formed what is now the Cajun culture in Louisiana.

The novel was coauthored by Ann Davidson, who suggested that Thibodeaux ask his son to illustrate and do the cover art, according to Thibodeaux.

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