Charles (Chuck) S. Hutchinson Jr. has won the 2009 Jack D. Rittenhouse Award, which is given by Publishers Association of the West to honor "individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the book community in the West."
PubWest Board president Todd Berger said that the winner's "wide-ranging, 50-year career as a regional sales manager, editor-in-chief, founder of two publishing companies, and publishing consultant fits perfectly with the spirit of the award."
Hutchinson has worked for Geoscience Press, Harbinger House, Van Nostrand Reinhold, Ross Publishing Co., Dowden, Hutchinson & Ross, Reinhold Book Corporation and Burgess Publishing Company. PubWest said that "two of his most notable publishing programs" have been in collaboration with series editors: the Community Development/Environmental Design Series with series editor Richard. P. Dober, Belmont, Mass. (45 books published); and the Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series with series editor Dr. R. W. Fairbridge, Columbia University (16 volumes published).
The award will be presented on November 14 during PubWest's annual National Publishing Conference and Book Industry Trade Show, to be held this year in Tucson, Ariz.