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Each year, the Eric Hoffer Award for books presents the da Vinci Eye to the title(s) with superior cover artwork. Cover art is judged on both content and style. The da Vinci Eye is given in honor of the historic artist/scientist/inventor Leonardo da Vinci. This is an additional distinction beneath the Eric Hoffer Award umbrella.

"All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions."

"Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art."

-Leonardo da Vinci

Upon registering for the Eric Hoffer Award, a book is automatically considered for the da Vinci Eye. In the spring, the finalists are announced. The da Vinci Eye was introduced in 2009. Recipients can be viewed below. Detailed coverage of current winners can be found in the US Review of Books.


* A Slant of Light, Laurence Carr and Jan Zlotnik Schmidt (editors), Codhill Press
* A Song of Praise for Shifu, Susan J. Byrd, The Legacy Press
* Distance of Touch, Kristina Freeman, Booklocker
* Paddling to Winter, Julie Buckles, Raven Productions
* So Long Polyester, Deborah Rise McMenamy, Labello Press
* The Expedition, Jason Lewis, Billy Fish Books

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* Detroit's Historic Places of Worship, Marla O. Collum & Barbara Krueger, Wayne State University Press
* Greetings from Below, David Philip Mullins, Salt Publishing
* Kidnapping, Murder, and Management, Lynn Dorrough, Trafford Publishing
* Mary Chesnut's Illustrated Diary, Mary Boykin Chesnut, Martha M. Daniels, and Barbara E. McCarthy, Pelican Publishing Company
* Michigan's Historic Railroad Stations, Michael H. Hodges, Wayne State University Press
* The World Eve Left Us, Boston Teran, High Top Publishing

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* Beyond Suiseki, Manette Gerstle, Water Stone Press
* Letters in Cardboard Boxes, Abby Slovin, Abby Slovin
* Married into It, Patricia Frolander, High Plains Press
* One Pink Line, Dina Silver, Createspace
* The Plume Hunter, Renee Thompson, Torrey House Press
* Tornado Warning: A Memoir of Teen Dating Violence and Its Effect on a Woman's Life, Elin Stebbins Waldal, Sound Beach Publishing

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* Crossing with the Virgin, Ferguson, Price, & Parks, The University of Arizona Press (cover by Leigh McDonald)
* Life in a Jar, Jack Mayer, Long Trail Press (cover by Winslow Colwell)
* Lucky Fish, Aimee Nezhukumatahil, Tupelo Press (cover by Howard Klein)
* Moonlight Memoirs, Maggie Mei Lewis, Good Times Press (cover by Melody Lea Lamb)
* The Hesitant Hour, R.P.Weissner, AuthorHouse (cover by Lida Chaulet & R. P. Weissner)
* The University of Gravel Roads, Rene Cormier, Renedian Adventures (cover by Chris 'Swani' Swanson)

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* Baby Owl's Rescue, Jennifer Keats Curtis, Sylvan Dell Publishing (cover by Laura Jacques)
* Beyond UFOs, Jeffrey Bennett, Princeton University Press (cover by C. Alvarez-Gaffin)
* Searching for Soul, Bobbe Tyler, Swallow Press (cover by Beth Pratt)
* The Culture of Excess, J.R.Slosar, Ph.D., ABC CLIO/Praeger (cover by Karen Quigley)
* Then, Something, Patricia Fargnoli, Tupelo Press (cover by Howard Klein & Brian Jecker)
* Voyeur, Rich Murphy, Gival Press (cover by Mark Johnson, Matt Murphy & Ken Schellenberg)

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* A Road More or Less Traveled, Stephen Otis & Colin Roberts, Sunnygold Books (cover by Ben Brezina)
* Cloisters, Kristin Bock, Tupelo Press (cover by William Kuch)
* Faces of the Earth, Elizabeth Searls Almy, Wishflower Press (cover by Charlotte L. Searls)
* Leaving My Found Eden, Ron L. Zheng, Literary Road Press (cover by Ron L. Zheng)
* The Enduring Journey of the USS Chesapeake, Chris Dickon, The History Press (cover by Marshall Hudson)
* Tough Boy Sonatas, Curtis L. Crisler, Boyds Mills Press (cover by Floyd Cooper)

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