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The Libertarian, Agorist, Voluntaryist and Anarch Association of Authors and Publishers (LAVA) has announced the winners of its third annual LAVA Book Awards. This year saw a few firsts for the LAVA Awards, as both grand prizes were awarded to the same book. Libertania: The Liberation of Conformia by Brian Lobb and illustrated by Chet Taylor is the winner of both the Lysander Spooner (Book of the Year) Award and the Charles Angrand (Artwork) AwardLibertania is also the first children’s book to win either award, and the first work of fiction to win the Lysander Spooner Award.

Libertania: The Liberation of Conformia is described as “a very witty book that will keep your attention throughout. Brian Lobb does an excellent job of writing about the ideas of liberty in such a way that he does not come off as ‘preachy.’ He comes up with names for licenses and permits that state in symbolic terms what the permit actually is, while revealing the inherent silliness of government licensing. In doing so, he is able to present the ideas of liberty through Thomas who explains that in Libertania that such licensing & permits do not exist.”

The LAVA Book Awards are held annually to honor excellence in books relating to the principles of liberty.

Previous winners of the Lysander Spooner (Book of the Year) Award are: The Doublespeak Dictionary by Leslie Starr O’Hara & Healing Our World by Dr. Mary Ruwart. Previous winners of the Charles Angrand (Artwork) Award are: The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible: A Free Market Odyssey by Ken Schoolland (note: the illustrations that won the award are only in the edition by Aspekt Publishing) & The Anarcho Teachings of Yeshua by Darryl W. Perry.

All award winning books are available from and major book stores nationwide.


LAVA is the Libertarian, Agorist, Voluntaryist & Anarch Authors & Publishers Association. LAVA was founded in November 2010 with a mission “to assist the membership with promoting their books and other published material” with membership open to all who identify as Libertarian, Agorist, Voluntaryist and/or Anarch.