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Saturday, April 4, 2009

New Zealand publisher honored

Elizabeth Caffin, who managed Auckland University Press for 21 years, will receive an honorary Doctor of Literature degree in Auckland next week (Maidment Theatre, 7 April, 7.30pm).

The award of the degree by the University of Auckland recognises her contribution as managing editor and then as director until mid-2007. In output, range, quality and electronic innovation AUP strengthened its local and international standing as a publisher of high quality books -- 352 of them! -- including no less than fourteen that gained prestigious Montana Books Awards

Elizabeth Caffin sought books of depth and originality which are accessible to the thoughtful reader, and demonstrated strong business acumen as well as literary judgment. In 2003 AUP won the 2003 Thorpe-Bowker NZ Publishers’ Award for outstanding achievement in the book industry for “continually producing fascinating New Zealand books that have outstanding editorial and production standards”.

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