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27th Annual Benjamin Franklin Book Award Winners

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The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards, which include fifty-five categories recognizing excellence in book editorial and design, are regarded as one of the highest national honors for independent publishers. We're thrilled to announce the 2015 winners below.

Prestige as a publisher is one of the many benefits of receiving this distinguished award. In addition, Gold winners receive an engraved crystal trophy.

Winners can visit IBPA's Online Store to order Silver and Gold seal stickers, as well as extra trophies and certificates. And, don't miss the official 27th annual award ceremony photo album.


 

Categories


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1. Animals/Pets
2. Art/Photography
3. Autobiography/Memoir
4. Biography
5. Body, Mind & Spirit
6. Business & Career
7. Children's Picture Book (0-3 years)
8. Children's Picture Book (4-7 years)
9. Young Reader: Fiction (8-12 Years)
10. Young Reader: Nonfiction (8-12 Years)
11. Teen Fiction (13-18 Years)
12. Teen Nonfiction (13-18 Years)
13. Coffee Table Books
14. Cookbooks
15. Crafts/Hobby/How-To
16. Education
17. Gift Book
18. Popular Fiction
19. Fiction: Historical
20. Fiction: Mystery/Suspense
21. Fiction: Romance
22. Fiction: Science Fiction & Fantasy
23. Poetry/Literary Criticism
24. LGBT
25. Health & Fitness
26. History
27. Home & Garden
28. Humor
29. Inspirational
30. Multicultural
31. Nature & Environment
32. Parenting & Family Issues
33. Political/Current Events
34. Professional/Technical
35. Psychology
36. Reference
37. Regional
38. Religion
39. Self-Help
40. Sports & Recreation
41. Travel
42. Cover Design: Fiction
43. Cover Design: Nonfiction
44. Cover Design: Large Format
45. Cover Design: Children's/YA
46. Interior Design: 1-2 Color
47. Interior Design: 3 or more Colors
48. Interior Design: 3 or more Colors (Children's/YA)
49. Most Improved Redesign
50. Best New Voice: Fiction
51. Best New Voice: Nonfiction
52. Best New Voice: Children's/YA
53. The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book: Fiction
54. The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book: Nonfiction
55. The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book: Children's/YA

 

 

 

Animals/Pets


Gold Winner -

Dogs Unleashed
Author: Tasmin Pickeral
Publisher: Thunder Bay Press
ISBN: 978-1-62686-068-1
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

A complete compendium of canine varieties, DOGS UNLEASHED details more than 450 breeds and 30 designer dogs.

 

Silver Winners -

Hit by a Flying Wolf
Author: Nicole Wilde
Publisher: Phantom Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-9817227-4-0
Purchase: Amazon

With humor and heart, dog behavior specialist/wolf rescuer/dog mom Nicole Wilde shares wildly fascinating stories of rescue, training, and life with dogs and wolves.

 

Note To Gibbs
Author: Pierre O'Rourke; Cartoons by Drew Aquilina
Publisher: Green Pieces Press
ISBN: 978-0-9860580-8-0
Purchase: Amazon

A funny, sweet and charming book for anyone who has ever loved, lost, and found the strength to love again that special furry friend.

 

 

Art & Photography


Gold Winner -

Big Shots: Rock Legends and Hollywood Icons
Author: Harvey Kubernik and Kenneth Kubernick; Photography by Guy Webster
Publisher: Insight Editions
ISBN: 978-1-60887-240-4
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

With his cover shot on the Mamas and the Papas' first album, Webster established his reputation as a photographer capable of both capturing the era and helping to define it.

 

Silver Winners -

The Haight: Love, Rock and Revolution
Author: Joel Selvin
Publisher: Insight Editions
ISBN: 978-1-60887-363-0
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Covering one of the most unforgettable moments in modern history—The Haight is an indispensable gallery of legendary photographer Jim Marshall’s iconic Sixties-era San Francisco photography.

 

The White House
Author: Betty C. Monkman; Catalog by William G. Allman; Photography by Bruce White
Publisher: The White House Historical Association
ISBN: 978-0-7892-1179-8
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound, Direct

Generously illustrated, this volume focuses on some of our nation’s significant heirlooms. It is an ideal choice for those interested in decorative arts, presidential biography, and America’s incomparable history.

 

 

Autobiography & Memoir


Gold Winner -

Chomp Chomp Chomp: How I Survived a Bear Attack & Other Cautionary Tales
Author: Allena Hansen
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-940014-15-9
Purchase: Amazon

For Allena Hansen, a vicious bear attack was "no biggie" compared to the trauma inflicted by her refined sixties upbringing, stint as Playboy's token intellectual bimbo, and enough cowgirl angst to knock even Job for a loop.

 

The Coconut Latitudes: Secrets, Storms, and Survival in the Caribbean
Author: Rita M. Gardner
Publisher: She Writes Press
ISBN: 978-1-63152-901-6
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Rita is an infant when her father leaves a successful career in the US to live in “paradise”—a seaside village in the Dominican Republic. The Coconut Latitudes is her haunting, lyrical memoir of surviving a reality far from the envisioned Eden—and of the terrible cost of keeping secrets.

 

Silver Winners -

The Color of Courage: A Boy at War: The World War II Diary of Julian Kulski
Author: Julian Kulski
Publisher: Aquila Polonica Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-60772-015-7
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

 

Remarkable diary of WWII boy soldier. Foreword: Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Lech Walesa. Introduction: Chief Rabbi of Poland. 150+ illustrations, 11 groundbreaking Digital Extra videos.

 

Those Who Remain
Author: Ruth W. Crocker
Publisher: Elm Grove Press
ISBN: 978-1-940863-00-9 Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

In this compelling memoir, a secret is revealed long after the battlefield death of a beloved and courageous army officer.

 

 

Biography


Gold Winner -

Fireball: Carole Lombard and the Mystery of Flight 3
Author: Robert Matzen
Publisher: GoodKnight Books, an imprint of Paladin Communications
ISBN: 978-0988-50251-2
Purchase: Amazon

Fireball tells the story of the life of Hollywood actress Carole Lombard and the mysterious circumstances surrounding her death in an air crash in 1942.

 

Silver Winners -

Guardian of Guadalcanal
Author: Gary Williams
Publisher: Lakota Press
ISBN: 978-0984835140
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

The biography of Signalman First Class Douglas A. Munro, who rescued 500 Marines on Guadalcanal is the Coast Guard's only Medal of Honor recipient.

 

Seeds for Change
Author: Marly Cornell
Publisher: Sehgal Foundation
ISBN: 978-0990-62071-6
Purchase: Amazon, Missouri Botanical Garden Press

An inspiring true story about breaking barriers and planting seeds of hope for a better tomorrow.

 

 

Body, Mind & Spirit


Gold Winner -

The Mindfulness Toolbox
Author: Donald Altman, M.A. LPC
Publisher: Pesi Publishing & Media
ISBN: 978-1-9361288-6-0
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Over 40 easy-to-use, reproducible handouts and guided scripts, backed by evidence-based data. Awareness-boosting methods offer new insight for positive change and hope.

 

Silver Winners -

The Gentle Way of the Heart
Author: Anders Nilsson
Publisher: Nordic Light Books
ISBN: 978-0-9892-7462-3
Purchase: Amazon

In THE GENTLE WAY OF THE HEART, scientist Anders Nilsson presents a perspective on how to navigate life guided by the heart.

 

Meditation as a Way of Life
Author: Alan L. Pritz
Publisher: Quest Books
ISBN: 978-0835-60928-9
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Among primers on meditation, this book is exceptional in how it guides readers who treasure inner growth and are looking for reliable direction on how to achieve it in an authentic and sustainable way.

 

 

Business & Career


Gold Winner -

The Women's Small Business Start-Up Kit: A Step-by-Step Legal Guide
Author: Peri Pakroo, J.D.
Publisher: NOLO
ISBN: 978-1-4133-2032-9
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

THE WOMEN'S SMALL BUSINESS START-UP KIT, written by the author of the bestselling THE SMALL BUSINESS START-UP KIT, gives you the practical and legal information you need to kickstart a successful enterprise.

 

Silver Winners -

Hello My Name is Awesome: How to Create Brand Names That Stick
Author: Alexandra Watkins
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
ISBN: 978-1-62656-186-1
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Naming anything has always been challenging. Alexandra Watkins presents a foolproof model that anyone can use to create and evaluate brand names like a pro.

 

Improvise: Unconventional Career Advice from an Unlikely CEO
Author: Fred Cook
Publisher: B2 Books, an imprint of Agate Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-932841-82-4
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

 

IMPROVISE, by GolinHarris CEO Fred Cook, is an inspiring story of how Cook followed an unusual yet fascinating path from young adulthood to the corner office.

 

 

Children's Picture Book (0-3 years)


Gold Winner -

Hey, Baby, Look!
Author: Kate Shannon; Illustrated by Morgan Owens
Publisher: Blue Dream Books
ISBN: 978-0-9912330-0-7
Purchase: Amazon

Backed by brain research and ideal for ages 0-3, this bold and colorful board book is brilliant, interactive fun for you and your little one.

Silver Winners -

Mama Bird Papa Bird
Author: Wanda Obermeier; Illustrated by Faith Thomas
Publisher: Adnaw Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-692-28902-0
Purchase: Amazon

Children can explore the deeper meaning of family purely through the questions provided by Mama Bird and Papa Bird. “How did it get here?”

 

Nap-A-Roo
Author: Kristy Kurjan; Illustrated by Tyler Parker
Publisher: KPO Creative LLC
ISBN: 978-0-9860750-0-1
Purchase: Amazon

It's time for a Nap-A-Roo just like the kangaroo. With colorful illustrations and imaginative text, this board book is a nap-time necessity. It is fast, fun, and engaging!

 

 

Children's Picture Book (4-7 years)


Gold Winners -

Give, Save, and Spend with the Three Little Pigs
Author: Clint Greenleaf; Illustrated by Phil Wilson
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press
ISBN: 978-1-62634-054-1
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

The Three Little Pigs are back in this new book to help teach children about money using the Give, Save, and Spend concept.

 

Silver Winners -

The Pandas and Their Chopsticks
Author: Demi
Publisher: Wisdom Tales Press
ISBN: 978-1-937786-16-8
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

What do polite pandas, cunning kitties, and talkative turtles have in common? They all feature in this delightful book of whimsical animal stories by Demi!

 

The Prairie That Nature Built
Author: Marybeth Lorbiecki; Illustrated by Cathy Morrison
Publisher: Dawn Publications
ISBN: 978-1-58469-492-2
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

A wild prairie is a lively place in this rhythmic romp with munchers and crunchers above and below the grasses so thick, and fires that flare, and rains that quench—and always the prairie grows green.

 

The Stick
Author: Clay Rich
Publisher: Familius
ISBN: 978-1-939629-28-9
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

When a young boy finds a stick on the ground and reads the inspiring words carved into it, his life begins to change until he fulfills lifelong dreams and discovers the truth about giving.

 

 

Young Reader: Fiction (8-12 years)


Gold Winner -

The Silver Rings
Author: Samuel Valentino
Publisher: Brattle Publishing Group
ISBN: 978-0-9854295-4-6
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Meet twin sisters, Celia and Alice, whose hilarious journey encounters a sarcastic fairy godmother, giants, charming princes, an overly dramatic fox, and more!

 

Silver Winners -

Horse Raid
Author: Paul Goble
Publisher: Wisdom Tales Press
ISBN: 978-1-937786-25-0
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Goble recounts this exciting coming-of-age story of Lone Bull, a young Lakota boy eager to join the warriors on a horse raid against the Crow.

 

The Kingdom of the Sun and Moon
Author: Lowell H. Press
Publisher: Parkers Mill Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-9905130-0-1
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

With all-out war fast approaching, will a pair of young, courageous mouse brothers save their kingdom? An action-packed adventure story set against the magnificent backdrop of Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria.

 

 

Young Reader: Nonfiction (8-12 years)


Gold Winner -

Free-Falling for Freedom
Author: John T. Carter and Nell Carter Branum
Publisher: Premiere Press
ISBN: 978-0-9897731-4-0
Purchase: Amazon, Teachers Pay Teachers

Ride along with a World War II paratrooper who dropped into southern France on a glider plane in 1944. Historical photographs and memorabilia accompany heartfelt stories that reveal the realities, reactions, humor, and day-to-day Army life of a young soldier.

 

Gifts from the Enemy
Author: Trudy Ludwig; Illustrated by Craig Orback
Publisher: White Cloud Press
ISBN: 978-1935952978
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

The powerful and moving story of a Holocaust teen survivor Alter Wiener, when an unexpected person demonstrates moral courage in repeated acts of kindness to young Alter.

 

Silver Winners -

Uncle John's Totally Quacked Bathroom Reader for Kids Only!
Author: The Bathroom Readers' Institute
Publisher: Bathroom Readers' Press
ISBN: 978-1-62686-175-6
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Quacky facts for curious kids! TOTALLY QUACKED is packed with strange science, weird news, obscure history, odd sports, and the interesting origins of everyday things.

 

 

Teen Fiction (13-18 years)


Gold Winner -

The Kingdom of the Sun and Moon
Author: Lowell H. Press
Publisher: Parkers Mill Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-9905130-0-1
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

With all-out war fast approaching, will a pair of young, courageous mouse brothers save their kingdom? An action-packed adventure story set against the magnificent backdrop of Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria.

 

Silver Winners

A Place to Call Home: Toby's Tale
Author: G.A. Whitmore
Publisher: Outskirts Press
ISBN: 978-1-4787-0073-9
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Every rescue dog has a tale to tell. A PLACE TO CALL HOME is Toby’s tale, a heartwarming story for dog lovers of all ages.

 

Word
Author: B.D. MacNair
Publisher: Galipette Press LLC
ISBN: 978-1-62554-022-5
Purchase: Amazon

 

Two young scholars from the Academy of Readers and Scribblers uncover the Ministry’s secret quest for the Original Word. At the risk of being ExSpelled, they defend the Word… and set in motion the terrifying prophecy of the Ancients.

 

 

Teen: Nonfiction (13-18 years)


Gold Winner -

Harry Potter and the Art of Spying
Author: Lynn Boughey and Peter Earnest
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-940014-14-2
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

HARRY POTTER AND THE ART OF SPYING novelist Lynn Boughey and 35-year CIA veteran Peter Earnest (director of the International Spy Museum) delve into all the Harry Potter spy craft.

 

Silver Winners -

Hoosiers and the American Story
Author: James H. Madison and Lee Ann Sandweiss; Student Guide Activities by Jane Hedeen
Publisher: Indiana Historical Society Press
ISBN: 978-0-87195-363-6
Purchase: Publisher Website

A supplemental text for middle and high school students, HOOSIERS AND THE AMERICAN STORY sheds light on American history by telling stories from Indiana’s past.

 

Paleo Girl
Author: Leslie Klenke
Publisher: Primal Blueprint Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-939563-13-2
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

PALEO GIRL teaches you how to transform your health—the right way—by adopting the lifestyle behaviors of our strong, smart, and healthy hunter-gatherer ancestors.

 

 

Coffee Table Book


Gold Winner -

The Beatles: Here, There and Everywhere
Author: Nancy J. Hajeski
Publisher: Thunder Bay Press
ISBN: 978-1-62686-088-9
Purchase:Amazon, IndieBound

Jam-packed with photos, this book is a visual feast coupled with fun, informative facts about the Fab Four.

 

Silver Winners -

The Art of Blue Sky Studios
Author: Jake S. Friedman; Foreword by Carl Ludwig, Eugene Troubetzkoy, Chris Wedge
Publisher: Insight Editions
ISBN: 978-1-60887-317-3
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

THE ART OF BLUE SKY STUDIOS takes an in-depth behind-the-scenes look at one of animation’s greatest success stories. Featuring never-before-seen concept art and other unique visuals.

 

Wild Light
Author: Erik Stensland
Publisher: Morning Light Photography
ISBN: 978-0-9858604-5-5
Purchase: Publisher Website, IndieBound

WILD LIGHT is a ten-year project by photographer/author Erik Stensland showcasing the beauty and diversity of Rocky Mountain National Park as it celebrates 100 years.

 

 

Cookbook


Gold Winner -

Wild Gourmet
Author: Multiple authors; Introduction and wine pairings by Marc Mondavi
Publisher: Boone and Crockett Club
ISBN: 978-0-940864-93-1
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

WILD GOURMET makes it easy to tame wild meat in the kitchen. America’s most-respected chefs share recipes covering wild meats with a world of flavors.

 

Silver Winners -

Daisy Cakes: Share A Slice of Love
Author: Kim Daisy
Publisher: Lydia Inglett Ltd. Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-938417-15-3
Purchase Here: Publisher Website

Full of Kim’s stories about the women who inspired her – funny, touching and encouraging.You’ll enjoy Daisy’s fabulous heirloom cake recipes, Southern stories, pies, cheesecakes and sauces from the heart and kitchen of the Queen of Cakes – Kim Daisy and Daisy Cakes.

 

Silver Winners -

Morning Glory's Farm Food
Author: Gabrielle Redner; Photography by Alison Shaw
Publisher: Vineyard Stories
ISBN: 978-0-9915028-3-7
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

In this book, we offer you recipes straight from chef Robert Lionette of the Morning Glory kitchen and some favorite recipes from home cooks around the Island. The recipes are accompanied by wonderful stories about how the food we all love is nurtured in the fields by the extended family of employees.

 

Your Kids: Cooking!
Author: Barbara Brandt, M.Ed.
Publisher: Pukka Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-9825952-1-3
Purchase: Amazon

This fun and engaging book/DVD prepares kids 8 and up for a lifetime of healthy eating by teaching them how to cook.

 

 

Craft & Hobby


Gold Winner -

School of Sewing
Author: Shea Henderson
Publisher: Lucky Spool Media LLC
ISBN: 978-1-940655-02-4
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

SCHOOL OF SEWING allows you to follow in the footsteps of a group of beginners who shared one goal- to learn to use their sewing machines.

 

Silver Winners -

Appliqué Mastery
Author: Philippa Naylor
Publisher: Dragon Threads
ISBN: 978-0-9818860-5-3
Purchase: Amazon

This book gives you an exclusive peek into the studio of award-winning applique master Philippa Naylor. Take a step-by-step journey through her process of designing a competition appliqued quilt from start to finish.

 

Recreating Antique Quilts
Author: Wendy Sheppard
Publisher: Landauer Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-935726-63-0
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Five antique quilts from four museums are adapted for today's quilter by author Wendy Sheppard.

 

 

Education


Gold Winner -

The Best Teacher in You
Author: Robert E. Quinn, Katherine Heynoski, Mike Thomas and Gretchen M. Spreitzer
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-62656-178-6
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

In this book you’ll learn from seven remarkable teachers who stretch beyond the conventional foundations of good teaching to transform their classrooms into exciting, dynamic places where teachers and students cocreate the learning experience.

 

Silver Winners -

Design In Five
Author: Nicole Dimich Vagle
Publisher: Solution Tree Press
ISBN: 978-1-936764-95-2
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

DESIGN IN FIVE outlines a five-phase assessment-design process for K–12 teachers and administrators to design and use effective assessments with school teams.

 

Smart Girls in the 21st Century
Author: Barbara A. Kerr, Ph.D. and Robyn McKay, Ph.D.
Publisher: Great Potential Press
ISBN: 978-1-935067-25-2
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

The authors tackle what it means be a modern smart girl or woman. They offer information and advice on giftedness, self-actualization, education, and more.

 

 

Gift Book


Gold Winner -

New Growth
Author: Peter Felsenthal
Publisher: Gray Crow Press
ISBN: 978-0-692-21854-9
Purchase: Publisher Website

Through images and profiles based on hours of interviews with the farmers, Peter Felsenthal captures the worries and joys of organic farming, the struggle and wonderment.

 

Silver Winners -

Ishi
Author: Akiko Yabuki
Publisher: Akiko Yabuki
ISBN: 978-0-615-98846-7
Purchase: Publisher Website

A cozy hug of a sharable picture book featuring Ishi, an optimistic little rock who reminds the readers to choose and share happiness.

 

Where's Ringo?
Author: Andrew Grant Jackson
Publisher: Thunder Bay Press
ISBN: 978-1-62686-254-8
Purchase: Amazon

 

Go “Starr-gazing” in Hamburg, Liverpool, and New York with this fun and entertaining visual puzzle book that’s every bit as quirky as Ringo Starr himself.

 

 

Popular Fiction


Gold Winner -

As All My Fathers Were
Author: James A. Misko
Publisher: Northwest Ventures Press
ISBN: 978-0-9640826-4-9
Purchase: Amazon

Two aging brothers stand to inherit a ranch on the Platte River in Nebraska IF they can complete the dictates of their mother’s will.

 

Silver Winners -

Crossing Savage
Author: Dave Edlund
Publisher: Light Messages Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-61153-078-0
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

 

In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, author Dave Edlund brings readers face to face with the promise of energy independence... and its true cost.

 

Family Inheritance
Author: Terri Ann Leidich
Publisher: BQB Publishing
ISBN: 978-14-939371-38-1
Purchase: Publisher Website

Called to the bedside of their dying mother, three sisters reluctantly return to their childhood home in northern Minnesota.

 

Saving Babe Ruth
Author: Tom Swyers
Publisher: Hillcrest House Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-941440-00-1
Purchase: Amazon

Based on a true story, the Town of Indigo Valley is full of mystery. It's passionate about its sports and about keeping its secrets.

 

 

Fiction: Historical


Gold Winner -

The Shakespeare Mask
Author: Newton Frohlich
Publisher: Blue Bird Press
ISBN: 978-0-9960484-0-8
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

An intimate novel of the complex man who penned some of the most beloved works written in the English language, then had to hide his authorship behind a mask.

 

Silver Winners -

The Clever Mill Horse
Author: Jodi Lew-Smith
Publisher: Caspian Press
ISBN: 978-0-9913412-0-7
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

A young woman in 1810 would rather not finish the flax invention left by her dying grandfather, except it could save her town and her country.

 

When Dreams Touch
Author: Rosemary Hanrahan
Publisher: SDP Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-9913167-2-4
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Caught between the 1980’s global AIDS pandemic and the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, three women struggle for survival and strive to realize broken dreams.

 

 

Fiction: Mystery & Suspense


Gold Winner -

Enzan: The Far Mountain
Author: John Donohue
Publisher: YMAA Publication Center, Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-59439-281-8
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Chie Miyazaki is wild and spoiled—the pampered child of a cadet line of the imperial House of Japan. When she disappears in the United States accompanied by a slick Korean boyfriend, it sets off alarm bells among people in Japan’s security apparatus.

 

Silver Winners -

Honor Above All
Author: J. Bard-Collins
Publisher: Allium Press of Chicago
ISBN: 978-0-9890535-7-0,br> Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Pinkerton agent Garrett Lyons arrives in Chicago in 1882 to solve the murder of his partner, with the help of his friend, architect Louis Sullivan.

 

River City
Author: Doc Macomber
Publisher: Floating Word Press
ISBN: 978-1-941297-00-1
Purchase: Author Website, IndieBound

After investigating the tragic shooting of a child during hunting season, the FBI and River Patrol combine forces to uncover a potential serial killer.

 

 

Fiction: Romance


Gold Winner -

Love Song (Instrumental)
Author: Lisa McLuckie
Publisher: The Betty Press
ISBN: 978-1-941744-00-0
Purchase: Amazon

A songwriter on the brink of stardom returns home to heal her voice -- and perhaps her heart as well.

 

Silver Winners -

The Marriage of True Minds
Author: L.L. Field
Publisher: Outskirts Press
ISBN: 978-1-4787-2873-3
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Journey through 18th century Georgian England with the Earl of Stoneleigh as he struggles to secure the future of Harcroft Hall by producing an heir with his beautiful wife, Anne of Sudley Manor. Discover his father’s secret past, which holds the key to their future.

 

Moon Queen
Author: Katharine Branning
Publisher: Blue Dome Press
ISBN: 978-1-935295-25-9
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Mahperi the Moon Queen survives in a competitive court ruled by both love and hate in an era of builders and destroyers.

 

 

Fiction: Science Fiction & Fantasy


Gold Winner -

Qualia Nous
Author: Michael Bailey, et al
Publisher: Written Backwards
ISBN: 978-0-578-14646-1
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

A literary blend of science fiction and horror, QUALIA NOUS contains short stories, novelettes, and poetry from established authors and newcomers from around the world

 

Silver Winners -

Enjella Uprooted
Author: Jane F. Collen; Illustrated by David Trumble
Publisher: Streamline Brand Associates, Inc.
ISBN: 978-0-9855732-0-1
Purchase: Amazon

Teasing and bullying face Enjella as she strives to be the Best Tooth Fairy be can be. Will she risk her magic to be herself?

 

Red Tide
Author: Larry Niven

Publisher: Phoenix Pick, an imprint of Arc Manor
ISBN: 978-1-61242-132-2
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Loosely based on Larry Niven’s 1973 novella FLASH CROWD, RED TIDE continues to examine the social consequences of the impact of having instantaneous teleportation, where humans can instantly travel long distances in milliseconds.

 

 

Poetry / Literary Criticism


Gold Winner -

Tancho
Author: J. David Cummings
Publisher: The Ashland Poetry Press
ISBN: 978-0-912592-78-7
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

TANCHO is a book that needed to be written and needs to be read. Its account of terrible beauty is itself beautiful, speaking of "hope and despair, the promise of each to other." Nagasaki, Hiroshima, "ruined human beings," a peace park, a sounding bell, a thousand paper cranes.

 

Silver Winners -

Out of Place
Author: Richard Jackson
Publisher: The Ashland Poetry Press
ISBN: 978-0-912592-77-0
Purchase: Amazon

Poems that create a language of cascading natural images to find a vision of love to transcend the human suffering and atrocities it reluctantly records.

 

Red Leather Gloves
Author: B.V. Olguín
Publisher: Hansen Publishing Group
ISBN: 978-1-60182-058-7
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

From Houston’s barrios and dockside boxing stables, men and boys reenact an ancient rite of passage pursuing Olympic fame and riches that eludes them all.

 

 

LGBT


Gold Winner -

Changing Lives, Making History: Congregation Beit Simchat Torah
Author: Rabbi Ayelet S. Cohen
Publisher: Congregation Beit Simchat Torah
ISBN: 978-0-9794009-1-9
Purchase: Amazon

Illuminates forty revolutionary and transformative years in the life of New York City, the nation, and the Middle East -- in the gay liberation movement, progressive Jewish religious movements, in the rise of feminism, the explosion of the politicized religious right, and in the ongoing Israeli/Palestinian struggles to achieve lasting peace.

 

Silver Winners -

The Rooms Are Filled
Author: Jessica Null Vealitzek
Publisher: She Writes Press
ISBN: 978-1-938314-58-2
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

A Minnesota farm boy and his closeted teacher form a beautiful friendship as they navigate life in a new town. Based on a true story.

 

A Song for Lost Angels: How Daddy and Papa Fought to Save Their Family
Author: Kevin Fisher-Paulson
Publisher: Fearless Books
ISBN: 978-0-9888024-2-1
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

This book tells the intimate history of a family of two men plus triplets that came together suddenly one day, and thrived for a year before being torn apart by groundless prejudice.

 

 

Health & Fitness


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Discover Your Nutritional Style
Author: Holli Thompson, CHHC, CNHP
Publisher: Sunrise River Press
ISBN: 978-1-934716-44-1
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Holli Thompson helps you discover your nutritional style using a flexible, seasonal approach to eating that modifies your diet to support a healthy lifestyle.

 

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How Not to Be My Patient
Author: Edward T. Creagan, MD, with Sandra Wendel
Publisher: Write on Ink Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-9916544-1-3
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Mayo Clinic cancer specialist Dr. Edward Creagan takes readers behind the curtain of health care and gives them the keys to the kingdom to be an empowered patient.

 

The Orthomolecular Treatment of Chronic Disease
Editor: Andrew W. Saul, Ph.D.
Publisher: Basic Health Publications
ISBN: 978-1-59120-370-4
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Readers who want to know which illnesses best respond to nutrition therapy, and how and why that therapy works, will find this book a must-read.

 

Vision Loss
Author: Peggy R. Wolfe
Publisher: Park Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 978-0-9792945-3-2
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

LARGE PRINT BOOK for those with any type of vision loss offers hundreds of useful tips. Author’s personal stories help readers know they are not alone.

 

 

History


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Away From the White House
Author: Lawrence L. Knutson
Publisher: The White House Historical Association
ISBN: 978-1-931917-40-7
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound, Direct

AWAY FROM THE WHITE HOUSE presents a lively and interesting slice of the presidency that most of us know little about: How the president relaxes away from the White House.

 

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Saving Mona Lisa
Author: Gerri Chanel
Publisher: Heliopa Press, LLC
ISBN: 978-0-615-99039-2
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

The Louvre’s daring World War II fight to keep its treasures out of the hands of Hitler and his henchmen. Includes 80+ riveting images.

 

Wearable Prints, 1769-1860
Author: Susan W. Greene
Publisher: The Kent State University Press
ISBN: 978-1-60635-124-6
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

A profusely illustrated and encyclopedic guide, WEARABLE PRINTS discusses the Industrial Revolution and its role, as well as how chemistry and technology brought new life to fabric.

 

 

Home & Garden


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American Botanical Paintings
Editor: Bonnie S. Driggers
Publisher: Lydia Inglett Ltd. Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-938417-11-5
Purchase: Amazon

Don't take the risk of missing out on this opportunity to have a highly acclaimed book of reproductions of original, juried botanical art that includes both native plants and insect pollinators.

 

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The Great Healthy Yard Project
Author: Diane Lewis, M.D.
Publisher: She Writes Press
ISBN: 978-1-938314-86-5
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

When we use chemicals on lawns and gardens, they pollute our drinking water. A doctor and mother shares how to chart a happier, healthier course.This collection of essays explores the essence of midlife including children, reunions, loss. Eastman wryly writes about aging and change with insight, humor and warmth.

 

The Wastewater Gardener
Author: Mark Nelson
Publisher: Synergetic Press
ISBN: 978-0-907791-51-5
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Mark Nelson, PhD, takes us on a global expedition to learn how we are wasting the world’s dwindling supply of fresh water by flushing away a very valuable resource, our own human wastes!

 

 

Humor


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Uncle John's Weird Weird World
Author: The Bathroom Readers' Institute
Publisher: Portable Press
ISBN: 978-1-62686-173-2
Purchase: Amazon

It’s finally here: a full-color, illustrated edition featuring the most entertaining articles from the world’s bestselling bathroom trivia series!

 

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Flip-Flops After 50
Author: Cindy Eastman
Publisher: She Writes Press
ISBN: 978-1-938314-68-1
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

This collection of essays explores the essence of midlife including children, reunions, loss. Eastman wryly writes about aging and change with insight, humor and warmth.

 

Uncle John's Canoramic Bathroom Reader
Author: The Bathroom Readers' Institute
Publisher: Portable Press
ISBN: 978-1-62686-174-9
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Uncle John's 27th bathroom reader is all new and better than ever! It’s overflowing with fascinating history, silly science, origins, quotes, and a few surprises!

 

 

Inspirational


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All We Have is Today
Author/Publisher: Michelle Wulfestieg
ISBN: 9781499106862
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

A stroke at age eleven changes Michelle’s life forever. How will she cope with a limited life expectancy and discover God’s purpose for her life?

 

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The Art of Competition
Author: Mark Allen
Publisher: Grip Press
ISBN: 978-0989511513
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Be inspired by 90-quotes and stories from Mark Allen, the 6-time Ironman Triathlon World Champion. Transform your relationship to personal excellence and overcoming challenge.

 

Chomp Chomp Chomp: How I Survived a Bear Attack and Other Cautionary Tales
Author: Allena Hansen
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-940014-15-9
Purchase: Amazon

For Allena Hansen, a vicious bear attack was "no biggie" compared to the trauma inflicted by her refined sixties upbringing, stint as Playboy's token intellectual bimbo, and enough cowgirl angst to knock even Job for a loop.

Those Who Remain
Author: Ruth W. Crocker
Publisher: Elm Grove Press
ISBN: 978-1-940863-00-9
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

 

A secret is revealed long after the death of a beloved army officer. His widow discovers years later that meeting his comrades would provide ultimate healing.

 

 

Multicultural


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Indian for Everyone: The Home Cook's Guide to Traditional Favorites
Author: Anupy Singla
Publisher: Surrey Books, an imprint of Agate Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-57284-162-8
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Singla is America's favorite authority on Indian home cooking, and her expertise with delicious, healthful recipes has endeared her to fans everywhere. This new book opens up the true simplicity and flavor of Indian food for anyone, regardless of dietary restrictions or familiarity.

 

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Mataluna: 151 Afghan Pashto Proverbs
Author: Captain Edward Zellem
Publisher: Cultures Direct Press
ISBN: 978-0692215180
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

The award-winning multicultural collaboration between a U.S. Navy officer, an Afghan high school, and Pashtuns worldwide that reveals our common humanity in a time of war.

 

Seeds for Change: The Lives and Work of Suri and Edda Sehgal
Author: Marly Cornell

Publisher: Sehgal Foundation

ISBN: 978-0990620716
Purchase: Amazon, Missouri Botanical Garden Press

An inspiring true story about breaking barriers and planting seeds of hope for a better tomorrow.

 

 

Nature & Environment


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Wild Light
Author: Erik Stensland
Publisher: Morning Light Photography
ISBN: 978-0-9858604-5-5
Purchase: Publisher Website

Wild Light is a ten-year project by photographer/author Erik Stensland showcasing the beauty and diversity of Rocky Mountain National Park as it celebrates 100 years.

 

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Earth is My Witness: The Photography of Art Wolfe
Photographer: Art Wolfe
Publisher: Insight Editions
ISBN: 978-1-60887-306-7
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Containing work from throughout Wolfe’s well-documented and widely celebrated career, EARTH IS MY WITNESS offers a riveting and comprehensive look at the world’s cultures, ecosystems, and geographical regions.

 

Mendonoma Sightings Throughout the Year: The Fascinating World of Nature on the Mendocino/Sonoma Coast
Author: Jeanne A. Jackson; Photography by Craig Tooley
Publisher: Mendonoma Sightings Publishing
ISBN: 978-0615950051
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

 

With over 250 color photos, first-hand accounts of wildlife encounters, and fun facts, this book explores Nature on the Mendocino and Sonoma Coasts of California.

 

 

Parenting & Family Issues


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Raising Twins
Author: Shelly Vaziri Flais, MD, FAAP
Publisher: American Academy of Pediatrics
ISBN: 978-1-58110-865-1
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Even with years working as a pediatrician, Shelly Vaziri Flais, MD, FAAP, was nervous about what lay ahead when she was told she was pregnant with twins. Now, several years into parenting her twin boys, Dr Flais is sharing her wisdom and experience as a mom and her expertise as a doctor to help other parents prepare for and raise multiples with confidence.

 

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Breaking Through
Author: Barbara Albers Hill
Publisher: Square One Publishers
ISBN: 978-0-7570-0395-0
Purchase: Amazon

Designed to guide parents and teachers in the effective use of electronic tablets to help children challenged by a variety of special education needs.

 

The Girl Behind the Door
Author: John Brooks
Publisher: I Heart Casey Books
ISBN: 978-0-9913577-0-3
Purchase: Amazon

 

A father's journey to understand his daughter's suicide. Traveling back to her adoption from Poland in infancy he discovers attachment disorders in orphans. It explained everything.

 

Living Autism Day-by-Day
Author: Pamela Bryson-Weaver
Publisher: Freedom Abound, Inc.
ISBN: 978-0-9936429-0-6
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

An indispensable reference book full of insights. An inspirational guide for parents, caregivers, family members and friends who do not understand the whole world of autism spectrum disorders.

 

 

Political & Current Events


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Oklahoma's Most Notorious Cases
Author: Kent Frates
Publisher: The RoadRunner Press
ISBN: 978-1-937054-33-5
Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound

For the first time in one volume, six infamous crimes that helped shape our country’s history—and remain the talk of courtrooms everywhere.

 

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Beyond Liberty Alone
Author: Howard I. Schwartz, Ph.D.
Publisher: Other Ideas Press
ISBN: 978-0-9828-3251-6
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

BEYOND LIBERTY ALONE takes back the concept of liberty, peeling away the distorted popular assumptions that inform the Right’s understanding of this critical political concept.

 

Gender Results
Author: Eileen C. Moore
Publisher: Cool Titles
ISBN: 978-1-935270-30-0
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Workplace equality to women’s rights: movies and our Supreme Court combined to help and hinder women. Plus, legal decisions about what viewers see on film/TV.

 

 

Professional & Technical


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Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Author: Kathryn A. Gill
Publisher: Davies Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 978-0-941022-80-4
Purchase: Amazon

Gill’s full-color textbook covers anatomy, fetal development, pathophysiology, and the performance and interpretation of ultrasonography in obstetrics and gynecology. Bonus: 15 continuing medical education credits.

 

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Introduction to Vascular Scanning
Author: Donald P. Ridgway
Publisher: Davies Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 978-0-941022-83-5
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Ridgway’s unabashedly practical and unique how-to guide to vascular scanning focuses squarely on the real-world skill-building needs of sonographers. Bonus: 18 continuing medical education credits.

 

Theory and Applications of Aerodynamics for Ground Vehicles
Author: T. Yomi Obidi
Publisher: SAE International
ISBN: 978-0-7680-2111-0
Purchase: Amazon

Readers will gain a fundamental understanding to help them design vehicles with improved aerodynamics; leading to improved fuel efficiency, better performance, and greater passenger comfort.

 

 

Psychology


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The Mindfulness Toolbox
Author: Donald Altman, M.A. LPC
Publisher: Pesi Publishing & Media
ISBN: 978-1-9361288-6-0
Purchase: Amazon

Over 40 easy-to-use, reproducible handouts and guided scripts, backed by evidence-based data. Awareness-boosting methods offer new insight for positive change and hope.

 

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The Couple's Guide to Thriving with ADHD
Author: Melissa Orlov
Publisher: Specialty Press, Inc.
ISBN: 978-193-776110-3
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

THE COUPLE'S GUIDE TO THRIVING WITH ADHD lays out the most important strategies couples can use – right now – to rebuild trust, fight less, disagree more productively, get the attention they deserve, and rebuild intimacy in their relationship.

 

Self Regulation Interventions and Strategies
Author: Teresa Garland, MOT, OTR
Publisher: Pesi Publishing & Media
ISBN: 978-1-93612-877-8
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Over 200 practical activities, methods for helping children gain more control over their lives. Each chapter provides rich theoretical material to understand the issues children face.

 

 

Reference


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Blood on the Stage, 480 B.C. to 1600 A.D.
Author: Amnon Kabatchnik
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 978-1-4422-3547-2
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

An extraordinary reference guide, BLOOD ON THE STAGE, 480 B.C. TO 1600 A.D. analyzes more than fifty of those blood-splattered plays that have withstood the test of time.

 

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The Beatles Encyclopedia
Author: Kenneth Womack
Publisher: Greenwood, an imprint of ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 978-0-313-39171-2
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Provides casual fans and aficionados alike with a comprehensive study of the historical, cultural, and musical influence of the Beatles, providing hundreds of entries that address the people, places, events, and other details that have contributed to the band's status as a global phenomena.

 

Perfect Bound: How to Navigate the Book Publishing Process Like a Pro
Author: Katherine Pickett
Publisher: Hop On Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-9914991-1-3
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Publishing veteran Katherine Pickett gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at each stage of book production, helping new authors avoid costly and time-consuming mistakes.

 

 

Regional


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Studying Wisconsin: The Life of Increase Lapham
Author: Martha Bergland and Paul G. Hayes
Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society Press
ISBN: 978-0-87020-648-1
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Biography of a self-taught renaissance man and pioneer who fathered the National Weather Service and mastered botany, geology, archaeology, mineralogy, engineering, meteorology, and cartography.

 

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Blue Grass Airport: An American Aviation Story
Author: Fran Taylor and Blue Grass Airport
Publisher: West High LLC
ISBN: 978-0-9881911-2-9
Purchase: Publisher Website

This rich history of aviation in central Kentucky is told through the lens of national and international events and illustrated by 400+ images featuring aviation luminaries.

 

Morning Glory's Farm Food: Stories from the Fields, Recipes from the Kitchen
Author: Gabrielle Redner; Photography by Alison Shaw
Publisher: Vineyard Stories
ISBN: 978-0-9915028-3-7
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Here you're introduced you to the Athearn family, the history of the farm, and recipes from chefs who use the Morning Glory food.

 

 

Religion


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Daily Wisdom
Author: Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson and Rabbi Moshe Wisnefsky
Publisher: Kehot Publication Society
ISBN: 978-0-8266-0095-0
Purchase: Amazon

Inspiring insights on the Torah Portion from the Lubavitcher Rebbe.

 

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Embattled Saints: My Year with the Sufis of Afghanistan
Author: Kenneth P. Lizzio
Publisher: Quest Books
ISBN: 978-0-8356-0923-4
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

In the West, Islam has replaced Communism as the new bugbear, while Sufism, Islam's mystical dimension, is often dismissed as the delusions of an irrational and backward people. Ken Lizzio corrects such misperceptions in this firsthand account of the year he spent in 1991 living with the head of the Naqshbandis.

 

Muhammad: The Prophet of Islam – Biography and Pictorial Guide
Author: Sam Deeb and Steven Scholl
Publisher: White Cloud Press
ISBN: 978-1-935952-79-4
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

A guide to the life and teachings of Muhammad. Told in a straightforward language that will appeal to all who seek an easy to read primer on the Prophet and his teachings.

 

 

Self-Help


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Murder Survivor's Handbook: Real-Life Stories, Tips & Resources
Author: Connie Saindon
Publisher: Wigeon Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-9896913-0-7
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

MURDER SURVIVOR'S HANDBOOK provides information, resources, and strategies for learning to live with the aftermath of the murder of a loved one.

 

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My Diary Unlocked
Author: Janet Larson
Publisher: My Diary Unlocked Press
ISBN: 978-1940711096
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

The raw truth of our deepest fears shared in real diary entries enlivens tools to transform the human spirit and sparks a movement toward authenticity.

 

Silent Impact: Stories of Influence through Purpose, Persistence, & Passion
Author: Joe Schmit
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-940014-09-8
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

In SILENT IMPACT, award-winning broadcaster Joe Schmit tells stories of real people and the ways in which they had profound influence on others in daily life.

 

The Tingle Effect: Perspectives on Work and Life
Author: Patricia Ziegler
Publisher: Joy of Living Publishing
Purchase: Publisher Website

Navigating through life’s ups and downs can be a challenge for many. THE TINGLE EFFECT shares Patricia Ziegler’s thoughts and experiences on how to live a truly fulfilling life.

 

 

Sports & Recreation


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The Art of Adventure: Outdoor Sports from Sea to Summit
Author: Ian Shive and Jon-Paul Harrison; Photographer Tandem Stills + Motion
Publisher: Insight Editions
ISBN: 978-1-60887-404-0
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Colored by both epic and quiet moments, THE ART OF ADVENTURE is a gripping reminder of the vast playground awaiting those who live on the edge.

 

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Blue Marlin Magic
Author: Steve Campbell
Publisher: Wild River Press
ISBN: 978-0-9895-2363-9
Purchase: Amazon

Steve Campbell answered practically every question the avid bluewater angler could possibly think to ask him-who, why, where, when and then some-in his brilliant new book, BLUE MARLIN MAGIC.

 

Simple Fly Fishing: Techniques for Tenkara and Rod and Reel
Author: Yvon Chouinard, Craig Matthews, and Mauro Mazzo; Paintings by James Prosek
Publisher: Patagonia
ISBN: 978-1-938340-27-7
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Modern-day fly fishing, like much in life, has become exceedingly complex, with high-tech gear, a confusing array of flies and terminal tackle, accompanied by high-priced fishing guides. This book reveals that the best way to catch trout is simply, with a rod and a fly and not much else.

 

 

Travel


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Best of the California Coast
Author: Ken McKowen and Dahlynn McKowen
Publisher: Publishing Syndicate
ISBN: 978-0-9824654-2-4
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

This guide features all 1,100 miles of California’s coastline, its natural and cultural history, plus 800 of its best parks, trails, beaches, wildlife areas, missions and museums.

 

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Israel for the Christian Traveler
Author: Joan Peace
Publisher: Inspiration Israel
ISBN: 978-0-9914745-0-9
Purchase: Amazon

A Christian travel guide to Israel with integrated journal pages - full of historical, archaeological, religious, and cultural information; enhanced by striking full-color photography and design.

 

Provence Food and Wine: The Art of Living
Author: Francois Millo and Viktorija Rodorovska
Publisher: Surrey Books, an imprint of Agate Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-57284-158-1
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Readers will learn about pairing wine and food and where to get these wines outside of Europe. Full-color photography shows off all of these dishes, as well as the dazzling sights of the region's lush interior, sparkling coastline, and breathtaking vistas.

 

 

Cover Design: Fiction


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Black Rock: The Story of an Island, an Exile and an Emperor
Author: Louise Hoole
Publisher: Barranca Press
ISBN: 978-1-939604-25-5
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Should ambition cease with death? On the remote island of St Helena, this historical who-done-it examines Napoleon Bonaparte's pursuit of legacy and his court's machinations.

 

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Death at a Distance: An Erick Anderssen Novel (Volume 1)
Author: Mark A. Nystuen
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press
ISBN: 978-1-938416-82-8
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Gives readers a vivid, local’s-eye view of contemporary Chicago—its politics, its world-class food scene, and its history—as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the personality clashes, compromises, and conflicts involved in running—or running in—one of the largest marathons in the world.

 

The Gatekeeper's Son: Book 1
Author: C.R. Fladmark
Publisher: The Shokunin Publishing Company
Purchase: Author Website

A San Francisco teenage boy meets a mysterious girl from ancient Japan who reveals secrets about his family that leave him fighting for his life.

 

 

Cover Design: Nonfiction


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Canning, Pickling and Freezing with Irma Harding
Author: Marilyn McCray
Publisher: Octane Press
ISBN: 978-1-937747-17-6
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

This colorful book delivers both the techniques and recipes necessary to keep their food local and fresh and the life path direct and true.

 

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Building Better Humans
Author: David & Lisa Davoust; Illustrations by Abigail Davoust
Publisher: Robis Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-9707573-3-3
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

With practical advice, humor and charming illustrations, BUILDING BETTER HUMANS helps parents raise great children from cradle to college.

 

Just Say Yes: What I've learned About Life, Luck, and the Pursuit of Opportunity
Author: Bernard L. Schwartz
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press
ISBN: 978-1-62634-074-9
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

In this inspiring example of a life well lived, Bernard Schwartz invites readers to look at their own opportunities, their own ideas, and even their fellow Americans and Just Say Yes.

 

 

Cover Design: Large Format


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Styling the Stars: Lost Treasures from the Twentieth Century Fox Archive
Author: Angela Cartwright and Tom McLaren
Publisher: Insight Editions
ISBN: 978-1-60887-257-2
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Through photographs never intended for the public eye, STYLING THE STARS takes fans of film, fashion, and photography inside the Twentieth Century Fox archive.

 

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Blue Grass Airport: An American Aviation Story
Author: Fran Taylor and Blue Grass Airport
Publisher: West High LLC
ISBN: 978-0-9881911-2-9
Purchase: Publisher Website

This rich history of aviation in central Kentucky is told through the lens of national and international events and illustrated by 400+ images featuring aviation luminaries.

 

The Night They Burned The White House
Author: William Seale
Publisher: The White House Historical Association
ISBN: 978-1-931917-42-1
Purchase: Direct

William Seale describes the dramatic events of August 24, 1814, in this commemorative book illustrated with sketches by Tom Freeman.

 

 

Cover Design: Children's/Young Adult


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Every Turtle Counts
Author: Sara Hoagland Hunter; Illustrated by Susan Spellman
Publisher: Peter E. Randall
ISBN: 978-1-931807-25-8
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

When one of earth’s rarest sea turtles becomes stranded on the shores of Cape Cod, only one special child is sure it can be saved.

 

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Blue Goes to Buffalo
Author/Publisher: Lisa Pansini
ISBN: 978-0-692-24425-8
Purchase: Amazon

BLUE GOES TO BUFFALO is a heartwarming story that teaches children the importance of accepting others who may look a little different.

 

Fast Freddy
Author: Lee Ann Mancini; Illustrated by Dan Sharp
Publisher: GLM Publishing LLC
ISBN: 978-0-5781-4076-6
Purchase: Publisher Website

Fast Freddy overcomes the ridicule of being different from the other kids in the coralhood and discovers that being unique can be a great thing!

 

Reindeer Dust
Author: Kate Dwyer; Illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff
Publisher: Reindeer Dust, Inc.
ISBN: 978-0-9893176-0-3
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

REINDEER DUST is an interactive picture book that engages the imagination through family participation. The book includes an easy recipe and poem.

 

 

Interior Design: 1-2 Color


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The Color of Courage: A Boy at War
Author: Julian Kulski
Publisher: Aquila Polonica Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-60772-015-7
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Remarkable diary of WWII boy soldier. Foreword: Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Lech Walesa. Introduction: Chief Rabbi of Poland. 150+ illustrations, 11 groundbreaking Digital Extra videos.

 

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Fern Cave
Author: Jennifer Ellen Pinkley
Publisher: Blue Bat Books, LLC
ISBN: 978-0-9903547-0-3
Purchase: Author Website

Finalist for "Interior Design: 1-2 Color."

 

Retail Schmetail
Author: Sanford Stein
Publisher: Beaver's Pond Press
ISBN: 978-1-59298-956-0
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

RETAIL SCHMETAIL™ is a lively, thorough, and slightly irreverent examination of 100 years of American retailing as seen by retail designer, trend forecaster and speaker, Sanford Stein.

 

 

Interior Design: 3 or more Colors


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Game of Thrones: A Pop-Up Guide to Westeros
Illustrator: Michael Komarck; Designed by Matthew Christian Reinhart
Publisher: Insight Editions
ISBN:978-1-608-87314-2
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Featuring stunning pop-up recreations of several key locations from the HBO original series, including the castle of Winterfell, the capital city King’s Landing, and the Wall.

 

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Blue Marlin Magic
Author: Steve Campbell
Publisher: Wild River Press
ISBN: 978-0-9895-2363-9
Purchase: Amazon

Steve Campbell answered practically every question the avid bluewater angler could possibly think to ask him-who, why, where, when and then some-in his brilliant new book, BLUE MARLIN MAGIC.

 

My Pearl Harbor Scrapbook, 1941
Author: Bess Taubman and Ernest Arroyo
Graphic Designer: Edward L. Cox, Jr.
Publisher: MapMania Publishing Company
ISBN: 978-1-883443-07-8
Purchase: Amazon

History comes alive in this award-winning WW II scrapbook, bursting with photos, maps, telegrams and newspapers revealing essential details of this important American tragedy.

 

 

Interior Design: 3 or more Color (Children's/YA)


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Reindeer Dust
Author: Kate Dwyer; Illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff
Publisher: Reindeer Dust, Inc.
ISBN: 978-0-9893176-0-3
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

REINDEER DUST is an interactive picture book that engages the imagination through family participation. The book includes an easy recipe and poem.

 

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The Dreidel that Wouldn't Spin: A Toyshop Tale of Hanukkah
Author: Martha Seif Simpson; Illustrated by Durga Yael Bernhard
Publisher: Wisdom Tales Press
ISBN: 978-1-937786-28-1
Purchase: Amazon

In this beautiful story of a dreidel that won’t spin, the happiness of the Hanukkah miracle will warm the hearts of young and old alike.

 

The Olive Tree
Author: Elsa Marston; Illustrated by Claire Ewart
Publisher: Wisdom Tales Press
ISBN: 978-1-937786-29-8
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

THE OLIVE TREE is a charming tale that follows two children as they learn to share and work together by looking past their external differences.

 

 

Most Improved Redesign


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THE ENJELLA® ADVENTURE SERIES: Storming Back to Key West
Author: Jane F. Collen; Illustrated by David Trumble
Publisher: Streamline Brand Associates, Inc.
ISBN: 978-0-9855732-2-5
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Elbow Fairies Enjella and Alicia twist time to take Bennett and Abigail to Key West in 1835, where a hurricane puts their magic to the test.

 

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Rethinking Multicultural Education: Teaching for Racial and Cultural Justice
Editor: Wayne Au
Publisher: Rethinking Schools
ISBN: 978-0-942961-53-9
Purchase: Publisher Website

RETHINKING MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION reclaims multicultural education as part of a larger struggle for justice and against racism, colonization, and cultural oppression—in schools and society.

 

Tasting the Seasons
Author: Kerry Dunnington
Publisher: Artichoke Publishers
ISBN: 978-0-9904185-0-4
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

This culinary adventure gives confidence to present dependable, innovative, irresistible dishes. Delivers a reliable eco-minded resource for everyday eating/entertaining while following the seasons and makes cooking easy healthy, fresh and fun.

 

 

Best New Voice: Fiction


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The Second Letter
Author: Robert Lane
Publisher: Mason Alley Publishing
ISBN: 978- 0-615-84188-5
Purchase: Amazon

When Jake Travis is contracted by his ex-Army colonel to retrieve a missing fifty year-old Cold War letter, he is quickly swept up in a world where the line between good and evil becomes increasingly blurred.

 

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The Oblate's Confession
Author: William Peak
Publisher: Secant Publishing, LLC
ISBN: 978-0-9904608-0-0
Purchase: Amazon

The Dark Ages, England: an Anglo-Saxon warrior gives his son to a monastery. Growing up in a land wracked by war and plague, the child faces a cruel choice. To love one father, he must betray another.

 

Two Performance Artists Kidnap Their Boss and Do Things With Him
Author: Scotch Wichmann
Publisher: Freakshow Books
ISBN: 978-0-9910257-0-1
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Two madcap performance artists plot the ultimate performance: to kidnap their billionaire boss and turn him into a performance artist.

 

 

Best New Voice: Nonfiction


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After the Wind: 1996 Everest Tragedy--One Survivor's Story
Author: Lou Kasischke
Publisher: Good Hart Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-940877-00-6
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Lou Kasischke survived the historic 1996 Mount Everest tragedy. He writes about a new perspective of what went wrong and what saved his life.

 

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Israel for the Christian Traveler
Author: Joan Peace
Publisher: Inspiration Israel
ISBN: 978-0-9914745-0-9
Purchase: Amazon

A Christian travel guide to Israel with integrated journal pages - full of historical, archaeological, religious, and cultural information; enhanced by striking full-color photography and design.

 

Life In Prison: Eight Hours at a Time
Author: Robert Reilly
Publisher: Tilbury House Publishers
ISBN: 978-0-88448-412-7
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

A harrowing, unforgettable look inside American prisons by Robert Reilly, who worked as a guard in Pennsylvania and Maine.

 

Until the Brighter Tomorrow: One Woman's Courageous Climb from the Projects to the Podium
Author: Valerie Irick Rainford
Publisher: Elloree Press
ISBN: 978-0-9905193-1-7
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

With the pulse of a finely written novel, this inspiring memoir radiates with the author's belief that anything is possible if one has enough faith, tenacity, and trust in oneself.

 

 

Best New Voice: Children's/YA


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C is for Chickasaw
Author: Wiley Barnes; Illustrated by Aaron Long
Publisher: White Dog Press
ISBN: 978-1-935684-19-0
Purchase: Amazon

C IS FOR CHICKSAW explores the history, culture, and language of the Chickasaw people using the letters of the alphabet, accompanied by beautiful illustrations that reflect Southeastern Native American style art.

 

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Halfway Home: Drawing My Way Through Japan
Author: Christine Mari Inzer
Publisher: Naruhodo Press
ISBN: 978-0-9907014-0-8
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

HALFWAY HOME is an engaging—and often hilarious—travel journal exploring the food, fashion and culture of modern day Japan through the eyes of 15-year-old author/illustrator Christine Inzer.

 

Meet Stanley: The Reading Dog
Author: Rebecca Barker Bridges; Photographed by Laura Rogers
Publisher: Golden Gate Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-9856631-6-2
Purchase: Amazon

MEET STANLEY: THE READING DOG is about Stanley, a Golden Retriever who is a certified therapy dog that works with children to help them read.

 

The Red Sun
Author: Alane Adams
Publisher: SparkPress
ISBN: 978-0-9862436-2-2
Purchase: Not Available

12-year-old Sam Baron must travel through a stonefire to the magical realm of Orkney to rescue his friends and stop an ancient curse.

 

 

The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book: Fiction


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Saving Babe Ruth
Author: Tom Swyers
Publisher: Hillcrest House Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-941440-00-1
Purchase: Amazon

Based on a true story, the Town of Indigo Valley is full of mystery. It's passionate about its sports and about keeping its secrets.

 

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The Bone Feud
Author: Wynne McLaughlin
Publisher: Wynne McLaughlin
ISBN: 978-1502799203
Purchase: Amazon

The action-packed true story of the bitter feud between dinosaur bone hunters Edward Cope and O.C. Marsh at the height of the American Wild West.

 

Love Song (Instrumental)
Author: Lisa McLuckie
Publisher: The Betty Press
ISBN: 978-1-941744-00-0
Purchase: Amazon

A songwriter on the brink of stardom returns home to heal her voice -- and perhaps her heart as well.

 

 

The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book: Nonfiction


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SEALs: Naval Special Warfare in Action
Author: SF Tomajczyk
Publisher: Call to Arms Books
ISBN: 978-0-9911198-2-0
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

SEALs: NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE IN ACTION is the first book in the new "United We Stand" series that celebrates America's armed forces.

 

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Confucius Never Said
Author: Helen Raleigh
Publisher: HelenRaleighSpeaks.com
ISBN: 978-1-499-18527-0
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

A four-generation family journey from China to America.

 

Tweeting Da Vinci
Author: Ann C. Pizzorusso
Publisher: Da Vinci Press
ISBN: 978-1-940613-00-0
Purchase: Amazon

How Italy's geology influenced its art, architecture, literature, religion, medicine and just about everything else.

 

 

The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book: Children's/YA


Gold Winner -

The Cultured Chef: An International Cookbook for Kids
Author: Nicholas Beatty; Illustrated by Colleen McIntyre
Publisher: Booksprocket
ISBN: 978-0-9914770-0-5
Purchase: Amazon

If you're looking for a not-so-ordinary children's cookbook filled with unique recipes, whimsical illustrations and stories about fascinating people & places... then you've found the right book!

 

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Fast Freddy
Author: Lee Ann Mancini; Illustrated by Dan Sharp
Publisher: GLM Publishing LLC
ISBN: 978-0-5781-4076-6
Purchase: Publisher Website

Fast Freddy overcomes the ridicule of being different from the other kids in the coralhood and discovers that being unique can be a great thing!

 

Reindeer Dust
Author: Kate Dwyer; Illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff
Publisher: Reindeer Dust, Inc.
ISBN: 978-0-9893176-0-3
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

REINDEER DUST is an interactive picture book that engages the imagination through family participation. The book includes an easy recipe and poem.


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