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Foreword Reviews Announces Winners of the 2013 IndieFab Book of the Year Awards

June 27, 2014—The Foreword Reviews’ IndieFab Book of the Year Awards, judged by a select group of librarians and booksellers from around the country, were announced this evening at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

Representing hundreds of independent and university presses of all sizes, IndieFab winners were selected after months of editorial deliberation over more than 1,500 entries in 60 categories. This year’s list of winners includes Garrison Keillor, Barry Lopez, Harvard Business Review, Georgia Museum of Art, B&H Publishing, Rizzoli Publishing, SUNY Press, Loyola University Press, Chicago Review Press, Valentine D’Arcy Sheldon, and Wayne State University Press, among others. The winners exemplify the best work coming from today’s indie authors and publishers.

Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail cover She Who Tells A Story cover Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Honorable Mention awards, as well as Editor’s Choice Prizes for Fiction and Nonfiction, were determined by a panel of librarians and booksellers in conjunction with Foreword’s editorial staff. The Editor’s Choice prize for Fiction was given to Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail, written by Kelly Luce and published by the young, Austin-based publishing house A Strange Object. MFA Publications, an extension of one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world—Museum of Fine Arts Boston—was honored as the Editor’s Choice in Nonfiction for She Who Tells A Story by Kristen Gresh, Michket Krifa (contributor).

The complete list of winners can be viewed on the Foreword Reviews website.

Cleis Press/Viva Editions was named Indie Publisher of the Year by Foreword Reviews for their significant work publishing provocative, intelligent books intended to provide readers with practical and inspiring tools to improve their lives. As one of a few thriving independent publishers with the original owners at the helm for over forty years, Cleis Press/Viva Editions epitomizes the spirit of today’s indie publishing. Brenda Knight was appointed as publisher in 2013 and continues this small press’ legacy of producing meaningful work.

Foreword’s IndieFab Book of the Year Awards program was created to discover distinctive books from the indie publishing community across a number of genres. What sets the awards apart is that final selections are made by real judges—working librarians and booksellers—based on their experience with patrons and customers.

Click here for a full list of the winners searchable by category, publisher, title, and author.


About Foreword Reviews: The editors and staff at Foreword Reviews love indie books and the art of great storytelling. They discover, curate, critique, and share reviews and feature articles exclusively on indie-publishing trends. Foreword Reviews’ quarterly print magazine is distributed across the United States to librarians, booksellers, publishers, and avid readers and is available at most Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, indie bookstores, and by subscription. Foreword’s website features reviews of indie books written by a team of professional, objective writers.

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