IBPA Announces Benjamin Franklin Independent Book Awards

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ibpa logoIndependent publishers make big things happen with small staffs and marketing budgets. The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) supports independent publishers by offering marketing guidance, deals and discounts, as well as progressional development training. They also sponsor the annual Benjamin Franklin Awards that honor excellence in editorial as well as design. The 2014 honorees were announced on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 in New York City.

“We have an extremely strong group of honorees this year,” said IBPA Executive Director, Angela Bole. “We received nearly 1,300 entries into the program. The 154 titles selected as honorees are truly the best of the best.” Contributors to this year’s list of honorees included the 39th U.S. president Jimmy Carter, actor Jim Carrey, musician Art Garfunkel, and author Garrison Keillor.

The award program includes fifty-two categories. Gold medalists receive a gold seal to use in marketing, on their web sites,  and to place on their print book covers. Silver honorees receive silver seals. If you’re an independent author or publisher and you missed the award ceremony, there’s always next year. IBPA will begin accepting submissions for the 2015 awards program in July 2014.

Below is a list of the honored titles, by category. The list includes publsihers’ info and ISBN numbers.

Art/Photography

Gold Winner

• Keeping Time: The Photographs of Don Hunstein, by Jon Pareles, Edited by Leo Sacks, Photography by Don Hunstein, Foreword by Art Garfunkel; Insight Editions; 978-1608872244

Silver Winners

• Jersey Shore Impressionists: The Fascination of Sun and Sea 1880–1940, by Roy Pedersen; Down The Shore Publishing; 978-1-59322-073-0
• Paul Chesley: A Photographic Voyage, by Paul Chesley with Keith Lorenz; GOFF Books; 978-1-939621-04-7

Home & Garden

Gold Winner

• Quiet Beauty: The Japanese Gardens of North America, by Kendall H. Brown, photographs by David M. Cobb; Tuttle Publishing; 978-4-8053-1195-0

Silver Winners

• Great Houses of Summit Avenue & the Hill District, by Karen Melvin, Bette Hammel, Paul Clifford Larson, Melinda Nelson and Dave Kenney, Foreword by Garrison Keillor, Illustration by Narda Lebo; Big Picture Press; 978-0989262705
• The New American Front Yard: Kiss Your Grass Goodbye!, by Sarah Carolyn Sutton, ASLA; Tendril Press; 978098315871-4

Autobiography/Memoirs

Gold Winner

• The Other Mother: A Rememoir, by Teresa Bruce; Joggling Board Press; 978-0-9841073-9-1

Silver Winners

• Dining at the White House: From the President’s Table to Yours, by John Moeller; LifeReloaded Specialty Publishing, LLC; 978-1-60800-013-5
• The Summer of Yes: An Ex-Nun’s Story, by Karen Leahy; Createspace; 9781480163485

Biography

Gold Winner

• John Wayne: The Genuine Article, by Michael Goldman, Preface by Ethan Wayne, Foreword by Jimmy Carter; Insight Editions; 978-1608871162

Silver Winners

• Berta and Elmer Hader: A Lifetime of Art , by Joy Hoerner Rich, Karen Tolley, John Waller, Judy Waller; Joyful Productions; 978-0-9891087-0-6
• West Point Leadership: Profiles of Courage: Profiles of West Point Graduates Who Have Shaped Our World, by Daniel E. Rice/Lieutenant Colonel John A. Vigna; Daniel E. Rice; 978-0989147309

Health & Fitness

Gold Winner

• Anti-Arthritis, Anti-Inflammation Cookbook: Healing Through Natural Foods, by Gary Null, PhD; Essential Publishing; 978-0-9771309-6-2

Silver Winners

• The Smart Shopper Diabetes Cookbook: Strategies for Stress-Free Meals from the Deli Counter, Freezer, Salad Bar, and Grocery Shelves,by Robyn Webb, MS; American Diabetes Association; 978-1-58040-494-5
• Visionary Kitchen: A Cookbook for Eye Health, by Sandra Young, OD; Beyond Carrots & Kale, LLC; 978-0-615-86697-0

Religion

Gold Winner

• The Catholic Children’s Bible, by Sister Mary Kathleen Glavich, Brian Singer-Towns; Saint Mary’sPress; 978-1-59982-177-1 (sc); 978-1-59982-178-8 (hc)

Silver Winners

• An Illustrated Outline of Buddhism: The Essentials of Buddhist Spirituality, by Williams Stoddart; World Wisdom; 978-1-936597-26-0
• Inspired: Churches of Seattle, by Rick Grant; Documentary Media; 978-1-933245-31-7

Business & Economics

Gold Winner

• Fresh Passion: Get a Brand or Die a Generic, by Michael D. Brown; Greenleaf Book Group Press; 9781608324118

Silver Winners

• 21.5 Unbreakable Laws of Selling: Proven Actions You Must Take to Make Easier, Faster, Bigger Sales, by Jeffrey Gitomer; Bard Press; 9781885167798
• Business Writing With Heart: How to Build Great Work Relationships One Message at a Time, by Lynn Gaertner-Johnston; Syntax Training LLC; 978-0-9778679-0-5

Children’s Picture Book

Gold Winner

• Just Another Monday, by Anna Skarie & Joy Dey Authors & Illustrators; SWAK Publishing, LLC; 978-0-985-3228-0-9

Silver Winners

• Dear Bully of Mine, by Vicki Fraser; Domnizelles Publications Inc.; 978-1-927815-02-1
• There’s a Hippopotamus in My Bed and An Elephant Wants to Wear My Favorite Red Shoes, by Lynda Medlyn & Kelley Staudenmier; Window Box Press LLC; 978-0-9793738-1-7
• Three Years and Eight Months, by Icy Smith, Illustration by Jennifer Kindert; East West Discovery Press; 9780985623784

Cover Design: Fiction

Gold Winner

• Dark Talisman, by Steven M. Booth; Azimuth Books; 978-0-615-79725-0

Silver Winners

• A Sinner in Paradise, by Deborah Hining; Light Messages Publishing; 978-1-61153-057-5
• Stuck, by Stacey D. Atkinson; Mirror Image Publishing; 978-0-9917543-2-8
Cover Design: Nonfiction

Gold Winner

• The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results, by Gary Keller with Jay Papasan; Bard Press; 9781885167774

Silver Winners

• AdVenture: An Outsider’s Inside View of Getting an Entrepreneur to Market, by Moira Vetter; Noyo Press; 978-0-9885226-4-0
• A Kick-Ass Fairy: A Memoir, by Linda Zercoe; Hidden Oak Press; 9780989581547
Cover Design: Children’s/Young Adult

Gold Winner

• Norbert: What Can Little Me Do?, by Julie Freyermuth, Illustration by Virginia K. Freyermuth, PhD; Polly Parker Press, LLC; 978-0-9848682-0-9

Silver Winners

• Growler the Wolf Pup: A Children’s Story in Photo & Rhyme, by Jenni Bidner; Ajax Acres; 9780989298100
• How Roland Rolls, by Jim Carrey; Some Kind of Garden; 978-0-9893680-0-1

Coffee Table Books

Gold Winner

• Paul Chesley: A Photographic Voyage, by Paul Chesley with Keith Lorenz; GOFF Books; 978-1-939621-04-7

Silver Winners

• Butterflies and All Things Sweet: The Story of Ms B’s Cakes, by Bonnae Gokson; GOFF Books; 978-1-939621-01-6
• Keeping Time: The Photographs of Don Hunstein, by Jon Pareles, Edited by Leo Sacks, Photography by Don Hunstein, Foreword by Art Garfunkel; Insight Editions; 978-1608872244

Cookbooks

Gold Winner

• Dining at the White House: From the President’s Table to Yours, by John Moeller; LifeReloaded Specialty Publishing, LLC; 978-1-60800-013-5

Silver Winners

• The American Diabetes Association Vegetarian Cookbook: Satisfying, Bold, and Flavorful Recipes from the Garden, by Steven Petusevsky; American Diabetes Association; 978-1-58040-487-7
• Power Hungry: The Ultimate Energy Bar Cookbook, by Camilla V. Saulsbury; Lake Isle Press Inc.; 978-1891105548

Gift Books

Gold Winner

• One Goal II: The Inside Story of the 2013 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks, by Adam Kempenaar Editor; Chicago Blackhawks/Blackhawks Publishing; 978-0-615-89014-2

Silver Winners

• Alice Steer Wilson: Light, Particularly, by Janice Wilson Stridick; Southbound Press; 978-0-9632494-2-5
• West Point Leadership: Profiles of Courage: Profiles of West Point Graduates Who Have Shaped Our World, by Daniel E. Rice/Lieutenant Colonel John A. Vigna; Daniel E. Rice; 978-0989147309

Crafts/Hobby/How-to

Gold Winner

• Adventivity, by Gina Carpenter, Illustration by Laura Hambleton; Thunder Bay Press; 978-1-60710-928-0

Silver Winners

• Nose, Legs, Body!: Know Wine Like the Back of Your Hand, by Len Napolitano; Wineology Press; 978-0-9893087-0-0
• On Folded Wings, Paper Airplanes for All Ages: Paper Airplanes for All Ages, by Michael Weinstein; Cypress House; 978-1-879384-79-8

Animals/Pets

Gold Winner

• Porch Dogs, by Nell Dickerson; John F. Blair, Publisher; 978-0-89587-597-6

Silver Winners

• Entering the Mind of the Tracker: Native Practices for Developing Intuitive Consciousness and Discovering Hidden Nature, by Tamarack Song; Bear & Co.; 978-1-59143-160-2
• Puppy-Mill Survivors, by Melissa McDaniel; Present Dog Press; 978-0984590353

Cover Design: Large Format

Gold Winner

• Tuesdays with Todd & Brad Reed: A Michigan Tribute, by Todd Reed, Brad Reed; Todd & Brad Reed Photography; 978-1-4675-6918-7

Silver Winners

• One Goal II: The Inside Story of the 2013 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks, by Adam Kempenaar Editor; Chicago Blackhawks/Blackhawks Publishing; 978-0-615-89014-2
• Surviving Sandy: Long Beach Island and the Greatest Storm of the Jersey Shore, by Scott Mazzella; Down the Shore Publishing; 978-1-59322-079-2

Best New Voice: Fiction

Gold Winner

• The Boy Who Said No: An Escape to Freedom, by Patti Sheehy; Oceanview Publishing; 978-1-60809-080-8

Silver Winners

• The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell, by William Klaber; Greenleaf Book Group Press; 9781608325627
• Yesterday’s Echo, by Matt Coyle; Oceanview Publishing; 978-1-60809-076-1

Best New Voice: Nonfiction

Gold Winner

• The New American Front Yard: Kiss Your Grass Goodbye!, by Sarah Carolyn Sutton, ASLA; Tendril Press; 978098315871-4

Silver Winners

• 3 Ingredient Cocktails: A Thirsty Jane Guide, by J.K. O’Hanlon; evenSo Press, LLC; 9780988273917
• Light Bulb Baking: A History of the Easy Bake Oven, by Todd Coopee; Sonderho Press; 978-0991748402 (hc); 978-0991748419 (sc)

Best New Voice: Children’s/Young Adult

Gold Winner

• Love from a Star, by Katherine Cutchin Gazzetta Author/Illustrator; Frog House Press, LLC; 978-0-9892067-1-6

Silver Winners

• Dear Bully of Mine, by Vicki Fraser; Domnizelles Publications Inc.; 978-1-927815-02-1
• Norbert: What Can Little Me Do?, by Julie Freyermuth, Illustration by Virginia K. Freyermuth, PhD; Polly Parker Press, LLC; 978-0-9848682-0-9

Interior Design, 3 or More Color

Gold Winner

• Tuesdays with Todd & Brad Reed: A Michigan Tribute, by Todd Reed, Brad Reed; Todd & Brad Reed Photography; 978-1-4675-6918-7

Silver Winners

• Berta and Elmer Hader: A Lifetime of Art, by Joy Hoerner Rich, Karen Tolley, John Waller, Judy Waller; Joyful Productions; 978-0-9891087-0-6
• Work Standing Up: The Life and Art of Paul Fontaine, by Claudia Fontaine Chidester, editor and contributing author. With contributing authors Dr. Margaret Stenz, Dr. Mary Brantl and Robert Linsley; Fontaine Archive, LLC; 9780988835801

Interior Design, 3 or More Color, Children’s/Young Adult

Gold Winner

• Children of the Tipi: Life in the Buffalo Days, Edited by Michael Oren Fitzgerald; Wisdom Tales Press; 978-1-937786-09-0

Silver Winners

• Bucket Filling from A to Z: The Key to Being Happy, by Carol McCloud and Caryn Butzke, Illustration by Glenn Zimmer; Bucket Fillers, Inc.; 978-193832613-4
• Norbert: What Can Little Me Do?, by Julie Freyermuth, Illustration by Virginia K. Freyermuth, PhD; Polly Parker Press, LLC; 978-0-9848682-0-9

Humor

Gold Winner

• Enter Miss Thang, by Brian Edwards; Archway Publishing; 9781480801714

Silver Winners

• From the Top: Brief Transmissions from Tent Show Radio, by Michael Perry; Wisconsin Historical Society Press; 978-087020-680-1
• Uncle John’s Perpetually Pleasing Bathroom Reader, by Bathroom Readers’ Institute; Portable Press; 978-1-60710-903-7

Popular Fiction

Gold Winner

• The Old Man’s Love Story, by Rudolfo Anaya; University of Oklahoma Press; 9780806143576

Silver Winners

• Cradle Lake, by Ronald Malfi; Medallion Press; 978-160542510-8
• The Foot Soldier, by Mark Rubinstein; Thunder Lake Press; 978-1-941016-21-3
• Little Joe: Book One of the Round Rock Series, by Michael E. Glasscock III; Greenleaf Book Group Press; 9781608325665

Historical Fiction

Gold Winner

• The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell, by William Klaber; Greenleaf Book Group Press; 9781608325627

Silver Winners

• The Fig Orchard, by Layla Fiske; Rancho Publishing; 978-0-9894554-0-4
• The Last Perfect Summer, by Ed Prence; Windy City Publishers; 978-1-935766-42-1

Mystery/Suspense

Gold Winner

• The Pumpkin Eater: A Sam Dawson Mystery by Steven W. Horn; Granite Peak Press; 9780983589419 (hc); 9780983589402 (sc); 9780983589440 (ebook)

Silver Winners

• Nice Guys Finish Dead: The Hollywood Murder Mysteries Book Six,by Peter S. Fischer; Grove Point Press; 978-0984681952
• The Shadow Constant, by A.J. Scudiere; Griffyn Ink Publishing; 978-1-937996-21-5
• Tidal Pools, by Lawrence Thackston; Holladay House Publishing; 978-0-9900091-0-8 (hc); 978-0-9900091-1-5 (sc)

Poetry/Literary Criticism

Gold Winner

• Brave the Unknown, by Ushi Patel; Skywriter Books; 978-0-9822797-0-0

Silver Winners

• The Adventures of Ibn Opcit, by John Barr; Red Hen Press; 978-1597092739
• Having Listened: Poems, by Gary Whited; Homebound Publications; 978-1-938846-19-9

LGBT

Gold Winner

• The Lesbian Couple’s Guide to Wedding Planning Everything You Need to Know About Planning Your Dream Wedding, by Bernadette Coveney Smith; Sellers Publishing; 978-1-4162-0914-0

Silver Winners

• Is It Sisters? A Lesbian Love Story, by Nancy Lehigh; Two P’s Publishing; 978-0988172104
• The Missing Myth: A New Vision of Same-Sex Love, by Gilles Herrada, PhD; SelectBooks; 9781590792421
• The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell, by William Klaber; Greenleaf Book Group Press; 9781608325627

Regional

Gold Winner

• Wisconsin Lighthouses: A Photographic and Historical Guide, by Ken and Barb Wardius; Wisconsin Historical Society Press; 978-0-87020-609-2

Silver Winners

• Great Houses of Summit Avenue & the Hill District, by Karen Melvin, Bette Hammel, Paul Clifford Larson, Melinda Nelson and Dave Kenney, Foreword by Garrison Keillor, Illustration by Narda Lebo; Big Picture Press; 978-0989262705
• Surviving Sandy: Long Beach Island and the Greatest Storm of the Jersey Shore, by Scott Mazzella; Down The Shore Publishing; 978-1-59322-079-2

History

Gold Winner

• Red Tractors, 1958–2013: The Authoritative Guide to International Harvester and Case-IH Farm Tractors in the Modern Era, by Lee Klancher; Octane Press; 978-1-937747-15-2

Silver Winners

• Embattled Farmers: Campaigns and Profiles of Revolutionary Soldiers from Lincoln, Massachusetts, 1775–1783, by Richard C. Wiggin; Lincoln Historical Society; 978-0-944856-10-9 (hc); 978-0-944856-11-6 (sc)
• La Cristiada: The Mexican People’s War for Religious Liberty, by Jean Meyer, PhD; Square One Publishers, Inc.; 978-0-7570-0315-8
• Twice Heroes: America’s Nisei Veterans of WWII and Korea, by Tom Graves; Nassau & Witherspoon Publishers; 978-0-9858308-0-9

Interior Design: 1–2 Color

Gold Winner

• AdVenture: An Outsider’s Inside View of Getting an Entrepreneur to Market, by Moira Vetter; Noyo Press; 978-0-9885226-4-0

Silver Winners

• The Forgotten First: B-1 and the Integration of the Modern Navy, by Alex Albright; R.A. Fountain; 978-0-9842102-2-0
• The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results, by Gary Keller with Jay Papasan; Bard Press; 9781885167774

Education

Gold Winner

• A Fresh Look at Judging Floral Design: A Guide for Judges, Designers, Teachers, Mentors and Hosts, by Hitomi Gilliam AIFD and Kathy Whalen AIFD; BCFL Group; 978-0-9854476-5-6

Silver Winners

• Common Core English Language Arts in a PLC at Work,™ Grades K–2, by Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey; Solution Tree Press and International Reading Association; 978-1-936764-16-7
• The Little Blue Thinking Book: 50 Powerful Principles for Clear and Effective Thinking, by Brandon Royal; Sterling Publishing; 978-1-4351-4568-9

Young Reader: Fiction (8–12 Years)

Gold Winner

• Custer’s Last Battle: Red Hawk’s Account of the Battle of the Little Bighorn, Paul Goble Author and Illustrator; Foreword by Joe Medicine Crow; Wisdom Tales Press; 978-1-937786-11-3

Silver Winners

• Channing O’Banning and the Rainforest Rescue, by Angela Spady; Santa Cruz Press; 9780615773995
• OMG… Am I a Witch?!, by Talia Aikens-Nuñez; Pinwheel Books; 978-0-9854248-5-5

Young Reader: Nonfiction (8–12 Years)

Gold Winner

• Uncle John’s Smell-O-Scopic Bathroom Reader For Kids Only!, by Bathroom Readers’ Institute; Portable Press; 978-1-60710-780-4

Silver WinnerCs

• Fox Talk: How Some Very Special Animals Helped Scientists Understand Communication, by Dr. LE Carmichael, PhD, Ashyby-BP Publishing; 978-0988163850 (hc); 978-0988163867 (sc)
• The Owner’s Manual for Driving Your Adolescent Brain, by JoAnn Deak, PhD and Terrence Deak, PhD; Little Pickle Press; 978-1‐939775‐02-7

Teen: Fiction (13–18 Years)

Gold Winner

• Mariner’s Hollow, by F. G. Capitanio; SDP Publishing; 978-0988938199

Silver Winners

• Canary, by Rachele Alpine; Medallion Press; 9781605425870
• Paradigm, by Helen Stringer; Mediadrome Press; 9781482346541
• Rainbeau Harley, by Cerredwyn Horrigan; Pigs Fly Press; 978-0-9888-013-0-1

Teen: Nonfiction (13–18 Years)

Gold Winner

• Tillie Pierce: Teen Eyewitness to the Battle of Gettysburg, by Tanya Anderson; Twenty-First Century Books, a division of Lerner Publishing Group; 978-1-4677-0692-6

Silver Winners

• Eagle of Delight: Portrait of the Plains Indian Girl in the White House, by Jean A. Lukesh; Field Mouse Productions; 978-0-9647586-8-1
• Fourth Down and Inches: Concussions and Football’s Make-Or-Break Moment, by Carla Killough McClafferty; Carolrhoda Books; 978-1-4677-1067-1

Inspirational

Gold Winner

• The Prayer, A Love Story: Unlock a Life of Miracles, Unconditional Love and Answered Prayers, by Jacqueline von Zwehl; Johann Press; 978-1-939819-00-0

Silver Winners

• Coastal Inspirations: Drawing Beauty and Meaning from the Sea, by Peter O’Neil and Marissa O’Neil; Vineyard Stories; 978-0-9849136-5-7
• The Imagine Project: Stories of Courage, Hope and Love, by Dianne Maroney; Yampa Valley Publishing; 978-0-9889951-0-9

Multicultural

Gold Winner

• Faces of Tradition: Weaving Elders of the Andes, by Nilda Callañaupa and Christine Franquemont; Thrums LLC; 978-0-9838860-4-4

Silver Winners

• Hawaiki Rising: Hokule’a, Nainoa Thompson, and the Hawaiian Renaissance, by Sam Low; Island Heritage Publishing; 978-1617102004
• Moving with the Seasons: Portrait of a Mongolian Family, by Liza F. Carter; Saltwind Press; 978-0-9890187-0-8
• Red White Black: A true story of race and rodeo, by Rick Steber; Bonanza Publishing; 978-0-945134-41-1

Nature & Environment

Gold Winner

• Surviving Sandy: Long Beach Island and the Greatest Storm of the Jersey Shore, by Scott Mazzella; Down the Shore Publishing; 978-1-59322-079-2

Silver Winners

• Enough is Enough: Building a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources, by Rob Dietz & Dan O’Neill; Berrertt-Koehler Publishers; 978-1-60994-805-4
• Utah’s Wasatch Range: Four Season Refuge, by Howie Garber; Peter E. Randall Publisher; 978-1-931807-86-9

Body, Mind & Spirit

Gold Winner

• The Esoteric Tarot: Ancient Sources Rediscovered in Hermeticism and Cabala, by Ronald Decker; Quest Books; 978-0-8356-0908-1

Silver Winners

• 25 Lessons in Mindfulness: Now Time for Healthy Living, by Rezvan Ameli; American Psychological Association; 978-1-4338-1323-8
• The Primal Connection: Follow Your Genetic Blueprint to Health and Happiness, by Mark Sisson; Primal Blueprint Publishing; 978-0984755103

Parenting & Family Issues

Gold Winner

• Retro Baby: Cut Back on All the Gear and Boost Your Baby’s Development With More Than 100 Time-tested Activities, by Anne H. Zachry, PhD, OTR/L; American Academy of Pediatrics; 978-1-58110-811-8

Silver Winners

• Cancer In Our Family, Second Edition: Helping Children Cope with a Parent’s Illness, by Sue P. Heiney, PhD, RN, and Joan F. Hermann, MSW; American Cancer Society; 978-0-944235-95-9
• Sleep: What Every Parent Needs To Know, by Editor Rachel Y. Moon, MD, FAAP; American Academy of Pediatrics; 978-1-58110-781-4

Psychology

Gold Winner

• Elite Minds: Creating the Competitive Advantage, by Dr. Stan Beecham; BookLogix; 978-1-61005-349-5

Silver Winners

• 101 Trauma-Informed Interventions: Activities, Exercises and Assignments to Move the Client and Therapy Forward, by Linda A. Curran, BCPC, LPC, CACD, CCDP-D; PESI Publishing & Media; 9781936128426
• Losing Dad, Paranoid Schizophrenia: A Family’s Search for Hope, by Amanda LaPera; Adamo Press; 978-0989703734 (hc)

Self-Help

Gold Winner

• The Savvy Girl’s Guide To Grace: Small touches with big impact—at home, work & in love, by Alicia Young; Parasol Press LLC, TX; 978-0-9855950-1-2

Silver Winners

• Business Writing With Heart: How to Build Great Work Relationships One Message at a Time, by Lynn Gaertner-Johnston; Syntax Training LLC; 978-0-9778679-0-5
• The Palm Beach Pain Relief System: A Clinically-proven, Natural and Integrative Approach to Healing Chronic Pain, Arthritis & Injuries, by Daniel I. Nuchovich, MD; Essential Publishing; 978-0-9771309-8-6
• Taking the Fall: Life After A Boy Scout Zip-line Ride Went Horribly Wrong, by Summer Miller; Outskirts Press; 978-1-4327-7247-5

Sports & Recreation

Gold Winner

• A Passion for Grouse: The Lore and Legend of America’s Premier Game Bird, by Thomas R. Pero, Editor; Wild River Press; 978-0-9895236-0-8

Silver Winners

• The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball’s Prized Players, by Tom Zappala and Ellen Zappala; Peter E. Randall Publisher; 978-1-931807-24-1
• Wild Steelhead: The Lure and Lore of a Pacific Northwest Icon, by Sean M. Gallagher; Wild River Press; 9780989523615

Travel

Gold Winner

• Hikernut’s Canyon Lands Companion: A Guide to the Best Canyon Hikes in the American Southwest, by Brian J. Lane; The Countryman Press; 9781581571646

Silver Winners

• Armenia and Karabakh: The Stone Garden Travel Guide, by Matthew Karanian; Stone Garden Productions; 978-0-9672120-7-4
• Costa Rica: The Complete Guide: Eco-Adventures in Paradise, by James Kaiser; Destination Press; 978-0-9678904-8-7
• Photographing Washington: A Guide to the Natural Landmarks of the Evergreen State, by Greg Vaughn; Graphie Int’l Inc.; 9780916189198

Reference/Directories

Gold Winner

• The Well-Fed Self-Publisher: How to Turn One Book into a Full-Time Living,by Peter Bowerman; Fanove Publishing; 9780967059884

Silver Winners

• The Little Blue Thinking Book: 50 Powerful Principles for Clear and Effective Thinking,by Brandon Royal; Sterling Publishing; 978-1-4351-4568-9
• Opera A to Z: A Beginners Guide to Opera, by Liddy Lindsay; Pinwheel Books; 978-0-9854248-3-1

Professional/Technical

Gold Winner

• Color Atlas of Cerebral Revascularization: Anatomy, Techniques, Clinical Cases, by Robert F. Spetzler, Peter Nakaji, Albert L. Rhoton, Jr. and Masatou Kawashima; Thieme Medical Publishers; 978-1-60406-822-1

Silver Winners

• The Art of Microsurgical Hand Reconstruction, by David J. Slutsky; Thieme Medical Publishers; 978-1-60406-776-7
• A Fresh Look at Judging Floral Design: A Guide for Judges, Designers, Teachers, Mentors and Hosts, by Hitomi Gilliam AIFD and Kathy Whalen AIFD; BCFL Group; 978-0-9854476-5-6

Political/Current Events

Gold Winner

• A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, by John W. Whitehead; SelectBooks, Inc.; 978-1-59079-975-8

Silver Winners

• Global Crossings: Immigration, Civilization, and America, by Alvaro Vargas Llosa; The Independent Institute; 9781598131338
• Surviving Sandy: Long Beach Island and the Greatest Storm of the Jersey Shore, by Scott Mazzella; Down the Shore Publishing; 978-1-59322-079-2

Most Improved Redesign

Gold Winner

• Adventurer’s Hawai’i, by Peter Caldwell; Taote Publishing; 9780962612459

Silver Winners

• Super Baby Food: Your complete guide to what, when, and how to feed your baby and toddler, by Ruth Yaron; FJ Roberts Publishing; 978-0-965260-32-9
• Writing From Within: The Next Generation, by Bernard Selling; Hunter House Publishers; 978-0897936170

The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book: Fiction

Gold Winner

• Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail, by Kelly Luce; A Strange Object; 978-0-9892759-1-0

Silver Winners

• Coldwater: A Novel, by Diana Gould; Gibraltar Road/Vireo, Rare Bird; 978-0988931244
• A History of Stone and Steel, by Christopher Fisher; Resurgent Books; 978-0-9886974-0-9 (sc); 978-0-9886974-1-6 (e-book)

The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book: Nonfiction

Gold Winner

• Divine Secrets of the Ta-Ta Sisterhood: Pledging the Pink Sorority, by Joanna Chapman; Cosmic Casserole Press; 978-0-9890431-0-6

Silver Winners

• On Two Fronts, by Adam Fenner, Lance Taubold; 13Thirty Books; 978-0615879635
• West Point Leadership: Profiles of Courage: Profiles of West Point Graduates Who Have Shaped Our World, by Daniel E. Rice/Lieutenant Colonel John A. Vigna; Daniel E. Rice; 978-0989147309

The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book: Children’s/Young Adult

Gold Winner

• Bad Dad, by Derek Munson; Cannonball Books; 978-0-9898488-3-1

Silver Winners

• KeeKee’s Big Adventures in Paris, France, by Shannon Jones; Calithumpian Press; 978-0-9886341-0-7
• The Night Before Baseball at the Park by the Bay, by David Schnell; Prospect Palo Alto Publishing; 978-0-9891043-0-2

 

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About Beth Bacon

Beth Bacon has an MFA in Writing For Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She helps organizations large and small define their brands and has a special expertise in helping authors market their books. Beth has won the The Candlewick Award for Picture Book Writing, the Marion Dane Bauer Award for Middle Grade Writing, and is a PSAMA PULSE Award Finalist for marketing.

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