Janice Shay is the owner of Pinafore Press, a book-packaging company located in Savannah, Georgia. Pinafore Press develops and produces illustrated art books, garden books, lifestyle books, gift books, children’s books, and cookbooks. She has won more than fifty awards for her efforts in graphic design, both nationally and regionally, and more than twenty national awards for her efforts in producing children’s books. Her accolades include the Comstock Award, the Jane Addams Peace Prize for Children’s Literature, the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award, and the American Library Association’s Notable Children’s Book.
Shay received a bachelor of fine arts from the University of Texas. She has worked as a graphic designer on magazines and books for more than thirty years and served as the art director of Rodale’s Scuba Diving magazine, Texas Monthly Press, Texas Monthly magazine, Third Coast magazine, and Atlanta Magazine. For seven years she was the director of Design Press through Savannah College of Art and Design, where she developed and produced more than fifty books. She has served as both the president and vice-president of the Publishers Association of the South and has contributed many books to Pelican’s Classics Series.
Shay was born and raised in Galveston, Texas. An avid diver, she resides in Savannah, Georgia, with her husband, Patrick, and her two stepsons, Kerry and David.