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The "Shelter-In-Place" IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award Ceremony!
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5/5/2020 to 5/8/2020
When: May 5-8, 2020
4PM to 6PM Pacific, each day
Where: An Online "Watch Party" via Webex
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Contact: Angela Bole


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It's time to celebrate the best in independent book publishing (LIVE online!) via a unique "Shelter-in-Place" IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ Ceremony!

From 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM Pacific on the evenings of May 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th, you're invited to join the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) community for a set of unique "Shelter-in-Place" award ceremonies celebrating the winners of the 32nd annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program. RSVP above for login instructions for all four online events; then pick-and-choose which ones to join. There's no cost to attend. The more the merrier!

 

    


Ready to party (virtually!) with some amazing independently published books?

Come one! Come all! You're invited to join the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) community for the association's first-ever "Shelter-in-Place" IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ ceremony, a 4-day online celebration of the best in independent book publishing!

On May 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM Pacific each day, IBPA is excited to host four unique "watch parties" live online via Webex. Each watch party will include a first-look at gold winners in a selection of the fifty-five (55) total categories represented in the 32nd annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program.

All four virtual programs (see Schedule of Events below) are free for all - IBPA members and nonmembers alike. Simply RSVP above to receive login instructions for all four events. You can then pick-and-choose which ceremonies to attend.

Sound exciting? We think so, too! So, what are you waiting for?? Click the blue "Register" button above to join the online parties and celebrate the best in independent book publishing. We look forward to "seeing" you there!

Can't attend live?
We hope to see you at the live streaming events, but if you're not able to attend live you can still watch and share the acceptance speeches! After each live event, we will post the acceptance speech videos shown that night on the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award YouTube channel. These videos will go live at 6:30 PM Pacific each night. Make sure to share the videos with friends, family, and on your social media so everyone can celebrate the 32nd annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award winners!


Schedule of Events

Tuesday, May 5, 2020; 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM Pacific

On Tuesday, May 5th, IBPA will reveal Gold winners in the following "Children's & Young Adult" categories. Click here to view a complete list of 2020 finalists in each category.

  • Category 7: Children's Picture Book (0-3 years)
  • Category 8: Children's Picture Book (4-7 years)
  • Category 9: Young Reader: Fiction (8-12 years)
  • Category 10: Young Reader: Nonfiction (8-12 Years)
  • Category 11: Teen: Fiction (13-18 Years)
  • Category 46: Cover Design: Children's/Young Adult
  • Category 48: Interior Design: Children's/Young Adult
  • Category 53: Best New Voice: Children's/Young Adult
  • Category 56: The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book (Children's/Young Adult)

Wednesday, May 6, 2020; 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM Pacific

On Wednesday, May 6th, IBPA will reveal Gold winners in the following "Design & Fiction" categories. Click here to view a complete list of 2020 finalists in each category.

  • Category 43: Cover Design: Small Format, Fiction
  • Category 44: Cover Design: Small Format, Nonfiction
  • Category 45: Cover Design: Large Format
  • Category 47: Interior Design
  • Category 18: General Fiction
  • Category 19: Fiction: Historical
  • Category 20: Fiction: Horror
  • Category 21: Fiction: Mystery & Thriller
  • Category 22: Fiction: Romance
  • Category 23: Fiction: Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Category 24: Graphic Novels
  • Category 49: Audiobook: Fiction
  • Category 51: Best New Voice: Fiction
  • Category 54: The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book (Fiction)

Thursday, May 7, 2020; 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM Pacific

On Thursday, May 7th, IBPA will reveal Gold winners in the following "Nonfiction" categories. Click here to view a complete list of 2020 finalists in each category.

  • Category 1: Animal & Pet
  • Category 2: Art & Photography
  • Category 3: Autobiography & Memoir
  • Category 4: Biography
  • Category 5: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Category 6: Business & Career
  • Category 13: Coffee Table Book
  • Category 14: Cookbook
  • Category 15: Craft & Hobby, Home & Garden
  • Category 16: Education
  • Category 17: Gift Book
  • Category 25: Poetry
  • Category 26: LGBTQ
  • Category 27: Health & Fitness
  • Category 28: History
  • Category 29: Humor

Friday, May 8, 2020; 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM Pacific

On Friday, May 8th, IBPA will reveal Gold winners in the remaining "Nonfiction" categories. Click here to view a complete list of 2020 finalists in each category.

  • Category 30: Inspirational
  • Category 31: Multicultural
  • Category 32: Nature & Environment
  • Category 33: Parenting & Family
  • Category 34: Political & Current Events
  • Category 35: Professional & Technical
  • Category 36: Psychology
  • Category 37: Reference
  • Category 38: Regional
  • Category 39: Religion
  • Category 40: Self-Help
  • Category 41: Sports & Recreation
  • Category 42: Travel
  • Category 50: Audiobook: Nonfiction
  • Category 52: Best New Voice: Nonfiction
  • Category 55: The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book (Nonfiction)

About the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ Program

The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program, which includes over fifty categories recognizing excellence in book editorial and design, is regarded as one of the highest national honors for independent publishers. The program is unique in that the verbatim judging forms are returned to all participating publishers, providing entrants with direct feedback on each submission.

The program is administered by the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), with help from over 160 volunteer book publishing professionals including librarians, bookstore owners, reviewers, designers, publicity managers, and editors.


About the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA)

Founded in 1983 to support independent publishers nationwide, the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) leads and serves the independent publishing community through advocacy, education, and tools for success. With over 3,200 members, IBPA is the largest publishing association in the U.S. Its vision is a world where every independent publisher has the access, knowledge, and tools needed to professionally engage in all aspects of an inclusive publishing industry.

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