Awards & Highlights – Summer 2014

Jeff Alt’s Get Your Kids Hiking: How to Start Them Young and Keep It Fun won the bronze in the Family & Relationships category in Foreword Reviews’ 2013 IndieFab Book of the Year Awards.

With a Little Help from Our Friends: Creating Community as We Grow Older by Beth Baker won the Norman L. and Roselea J. Goldberg Prize for the best project in the area of medicine. The award includes publication by Vanderbilt University Press.

Kathleen Brady was named a Fellow of the Society of American Historians.

Jess Bravin’s The Terror Courts: Rough Justice at Guantanamo Bay was awarded the 2014 Silver Gavel for Books by the American Bar Association. The award recognizes “outstanding work in media and the arts that fosters the American public’s understanding of law and the legal system.”

Janet Burroway received the 2014 Florida Lifetime Achievement in Writing Award from the Florida Humanities Council.

Robert Brown Butler’s Disaster Handbook won the 2014 Great Northwest Book Festival and the 2014 Great Southwest Book Festival competitions in the How-To category. The title was also a runner-up in the 2013 Great Midwest Book Festival and the 2014 Great Southeast Book Festival and received an honorable mention at the 2013 New England Book Festival and the 2014 New York Book Festival.

Chris Cander’s 11 Stories was named a Kirkus Best Indie Book in 2013 and the AIA Book of the Month in January 2014. It also received the gold medal in the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards and the silver medal in the 2014 eLit Awards, both in the category of Popular Fiction.

Petticoats and Pinstripes: Portraits of Women in Wall Street’s History by Sheri J. Caplan was a 2014 Axiom Business Book Award bronze medalist in the Women/Minorities category.

We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust by Ellen Cassedy has been short-listed for the 2014 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing in the category of Nonfiction.

Steve Chapple was named a Kyoto Symposium Journalism Fellow for 2013–2014.

Roberta Degnore’s Invisible Soft Return:\ was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in the SciFi/Fantasy/Horror category. The novel is also being adapted for the screen.

Ron Leshnower’s Fair Housing Helper for Apartment Professionals was named a finalist in the Business:
Real Estate category of the 2014 International Book Awards.

Edie Meidav has a new teaching post at UMass-Amherst’s MFA program for Poets and Writers. She was also selected to be a judge for the Juniper Prize for Fiction and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Ben Miller was named a 2014–15 Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard.

Mark I. Pinsky’s Met Her on the Mountain: A Forty-Year Quest to Solve the Appalachian Cold-Case Murder of Nancy Morgan received the Independent Publisher Awards’ gold medal in the True Crime category.

The CoParenting Toolkit: The Essential Supplement for Mom’s House, Dad’s House by Isolina Ricci was a 2013 USA Best Book Award finalist in the Family & Parenting category.

Luanne Rice received the 2014 Connecticut Governor’s Arts Award recognizing excellence and lifetime achievement.

Roxana Robinson’s Sparta received the 2014 Maine Literary Award for Fiction.

Albert Russo’s Léodine l’Africaine was nominated for Belgium’s Prix Victor Rossel. His archives are now available in Brussels, Belgium.

Leaving Russia: A Jewish Story by Maxim D. Shrayer was a finalist of the 2013 National Jewish Book Awards.

Elizabeth Spencer was awarded the 2013 Rea Award for the Short Story, which recognizes “significant contributions” to the short story form and is given annually to a living American or Canadian writer.

Kirkus Reviews and IndieReader included Loving Andrew: A Fifty-Two-Year Story of Down Syndrome by Romy Wyllie among their Best Indie Books of 2013. It was a Beverly Hills Book Awards finalist and a National Indie Excellence Book Awards finalist in the Parenting & Family category. Loving Andrew was a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award program’s Montaigne Medal and received an honorable mention in the Memoir category.

Thomas Zigal’s novel Many Rivers to Cross received the Texas Institute of Letters’ Jesse H. Jones Award for Fiction.