Eric Hoffer was an  American moral and social philosopher (and, incidentally, a longshoreman on the docks of the SF Embarcadero). He died in 1983, but his legacy lives on in his writing, the readers he influenced, and the Eric Hoffer Book Award. The Hoffer Award was founded at the start of the 21st century to honor freethinking writers and independent books of exceptional merit, and yesterday Super Classy Publishing was overjoyed to learn that our own Manifest Joshua had received the distinction of Honorable Mention in the 2014 Eric Hoffer Book Awards. (You can read more about Eric Hoffer here)

Manifest Joshua, written by Katie Rottner with paintings and binding by Andy Rottner, published by Super Classy Publishing

2014 Eric Hoffer Book Award Honorable Mention Recipient, Manifest Joshua

In addition to receiving this honor, Manifest Joshua will be featured in the upcoming issue of the US Review of Books. A full review of Manifest Joshua has already been published to the US Review website (view it and other reviews here) but we have also copied it below because it’s awesome:

Sometimes the book itself is a work of art. Sometimes it’s cleverly off the beaten bath. Katie Rottner’s story/art collage is a happy collision of both. This beautiful boxed-set contains a hard-bound short story about a doomed egg race and a potentially talking egg. The egg knows all or at least just enough about human desire. A dozen plates are also included in the box, depicting story scenes or whimsical relations to the book, and an egg in human role play is at the center of each plate. There’s more than just a hint of an inside joke at work here, but it hardly matters whether you get the point or not. Manifest Joshua is just plain fun wrapped up in a super-sexy-artsy case. So what’s Rottner going to do next?

Although not mentioned by name, our reviewer was clearly thrilled with the painting and binding work of Andy Rottner, who, Katie Rottner would like to point out, did the vast majority of the work on this project.

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