Chula Vista History Book Wins Three National Book Awards - Now on Sale at Special Centennial Anniversary Price in Celebration Of City's 101st Birthday

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Celebrating the city of Chula Vista’s 101st birthday on October 17, Chula Vista 100, the Centennial volunteer organization, announces that “Chula Vista Centennial: A Century of People and Progress” won three nationally recognized book awards and a local award from the San Diego Book Award Association. The colorful coffee table style book is now available at a special anniversary price online at ChulaVista100.com, at both Chula Vista Costco locations and Barnes & Noble in Otay Ranch.

Chula Vista Centennial

Chula Vista Centennial: A Century of People and Progress

The colorful coffee table style book is now available at a special commemorative anniversary price online at ChulaVista100.com, at both Chula Vista Costco locations and Barnes & Noble in Otay Ranch.

Celebrating the city of Chula Vista’s 101st birthday on October 17, Chula Vista 100, the Centennial volunteer organization, announces that “Chula Vista Centennial: A Century of People and Progress” won three nationally recognized book awards and a local award from the San Diego Book Award Association. The colorful coffee table style book is now available at a special anniversary price online at ChulaVista100.com, at both Chula Vista Costco locations and Barnes & Noble in Otay Ranch.

The book won the following awards:

  • San Diego Book Award Association – Winner, Local Interest and History. Founded in 1994, the SDBAA honors the best published books and unpublished manuscripts by San Diego County residents each year.
  • Eric Hoffer Book Award – Finalist, Art category. This award recognizes books that capture the experience, execution, or demonstration of the arts, including art, fine art, graphic art, architecture, design, photography, and coffee table books. Fewer than 10% of titles become category finalists.
  • Independent Book Publishers Association’s “Ben Franklin” Award – Finalist, Regional category. Named in honor of America's most cherished publisher/printer, the Benjamin Franklin Awards™ recognizes excellence in independent publishing and judges books on editorial and design merit by top practitioners in each field.
  • Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPYs) -- Finalist in the Regional Best Non-Fiction West-Pacific. IPBA recognizes excellence in publishing. Of 4,813 print book entries, 2,400 independent authors and publishers submitted books.

Written by acclaimed historian and University of San Diego professor emeritus of history Steven Schoenherr the book illustrates the first one hundred years of Chula Vista’s history. Taking the reader on a chronological and visual journey decade by decade, “Chula Vista Centennial: A Century of People and Progress” brings to life the historical facts and personal recollections of residents, educators and leaders in business and local government. From the images of the town’s Great Flood to stories about the first dog catcher and historic home preservation, readers will experience the hardships and good times that made Chula Vista the community it is today.

“It is extremely gratifying to be recognized with several book awards for the research, writing and publishing of this book,” said Schoenherr, a Chula Vista resident. “It was a true community effort with the help of the Chula Vista Library staff, residents, and business sponsors. Our city has a rich history and strong future because of this kind of collaboration.”

Fundraising opportunities for local nonprofit organizations through book sales and special volume discounts are available to libraries, museums, schools, and local nonprofit organizations. Interested organizations can contact Mary Marcdante, centennial manager, at mary(at)chulavista100(dot)com.

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