Four IHS Press books have been named as finalists in ForeWord Magazine's annual Book of the Year Awards. The finalists and categories they are in are:
Fighter Pilot: The World War II Career of Alex Vraciu by Ray Boomhower, Juvenile, nonfiction
Nature's Storyteller: The Life of Gene Stratton-Porter by Barbara Morrow, Juvenile, nonfiction
Maria's Journey by Ramon Arredondo and Trisha (Hull) Arredondo, Regional
Indiana: One Pint at a Time by Douglas Wissing, Travel Guide
Winners will be determined by a panel of librarians and booksellers selected from ForeWord Magazine's readership. Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners, as well as Editor’s Choice Prizes for fiction and nonfiction will be announced at a special program at the American Library Association Annual Conference in New Orleans this June. The winners of the two Editor's Choice Prizes will be awarded $1,500 each and ForeWord’s Independent Publisher of the Year will also be announced. The ceremony is open to all ALA attendees and exhibiting publishers.
ForeWord's Book of the Year Awards program was created to spotlight distinctive books from independent publishers. What sets the awards apart from others is that final selections are made by real judges--working librarians and booksellers--based on their experiences with patrons and customers.
The magazine's awards process brings readers, librarians, and booksellers together to select their top categories as well as choose the winning titles. Their decisions are based on editorial excellence, professional production, originality of the narrative, author credentials relative to the book, and the value the book adds to its genre.