The History of the Alice Award 

In 2013, Joan K. Davidson, president of Furthermore, established the Alice award to honor her mother, Alice Manheim Kaplan. Alice loved and collected the illustrated book as a work of art in itself and an essential document of a civilized society. 

The Alice award was given annually to a richly illustrated book that makes a valuable contribution to its field and demonstrates high standards of production. Books selected by the award jury for the Alice Short List also received a grant. 

The award was intended to buttress the kind of slow reading movement that recognizes and cherishes the lasting values of the well-made illustrated book, and the special sense of intimacy it affords. Fields considered included the fine arts and the natural and built environments and related public issues. 

Looking Ahead 

Furthermore grants in publishing and the Alice Award were founded by Joan K. Davidson, whose lifelong passion for books guided these two programs of the Fund until her death in August 2023. 

 Both Furthermore and the Alice Award will be paused as we reflect on Joan’s profound impact to the world of publishing. Please join our email update list if you’d like to receive updates.