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IBPA Announces Gold Medalists in the 2016 Benjamin Franklin Book Awards

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Terry Nathan, IBPA Chief Operations Officer
Phone: 310-546-1818 | Email: terry@ibpa-online.org

(Manhattan Beach, CA) — During a gala awards ceremony held Friday, April 8, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) announced the 2016 Benjamin Franklin Book Awards gold medalists in 54 categories. A complete list of gold medalists is available at the end of the official press release and online at ibpabenjaminfranklinawards.com/2016-ibpa-bfa-finalists.

“Winning a Benjamin Franklin Book Award expands your marketability and solidifies your credibility,” said Angela Bole, IBPA’s Chief Executive Officer. “Considering how crowded the book market is today, these are two very powerful things.”

Nearly 1,400 entries from across the publishing industry were submitted to the 2016 awards program for consideration, each featuring its own unique voice and perspective. Revealing the gold medalists at a special dinner ceremony during IBPA’s annual Publishing University conference is a longstanding tradition. 224 publishing professionals attended the dinner. All gold medalists in attendance were invited on stage to share a story about the book that won. All other finalists in each category walked away as silver medalists.

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IBPA CEO, Angela Bole, (right) presents the 2016 Benjamin Franklin Book Awards in Salt Lake City, Utah. IBPA Project Coordinator, Mimi Le, (left) assists.

IBPA CEO, Angela Bole, (right) presents the 2016 Benjamin Franklin Book Awards in Salt Lake City, Utah. IBPA Project Coordinator, Mimi Le, (left) assists.

Karla Olson

Karla Olson

Karla Olson, Director of Patagonia Books, picked up gold in the category of Most Improved Redesign for Closer to the Ground: An Outdoor Family’s Year on the Water, in the Woods and at the Table by Dylan Tomine.

“This recognition, from one of the oldest and most established book award programs, highlights books that are the best, most professionally published,” said Olson. “The Benjamin Franklin Book Awards promote publishers that take risks and move in new and exciting directions. It’s terrific that IBPA recognizes this innovation.”

Featuring over 50 categories each year, the Benjamin Franklin Book Awards program honors the best in indie publishing across a variety of fiction and nonfiction categories for children and adults. The program also recognizes excellence in the first book published by a new publishing company as well as the best new writers.

Best First Book: Children’s/YA (IBPA 2016 Benjamin Franklin Book Awards)

Best First Book: Children’s/YA (IBPA 2016 Benjamin Franklin Book Awards)

“All of us at Night River Press are proud to be recipients of the nationally esteemed Benjamin Franklin Awards,” said Skeeter Buck, who picked up gold for the Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book: Children’s/YA for The Toothless Fairy by Timothy Jordan. “The Benjamin Franklin Book Awards have not only elevated exposure for our company and its first children’s book, but have also validated the work of the talented team who collaborated on this project.”

And Veda Stamps, author of Flexible Wings, a gold medal winner in the Best New Voice: Children’s/YA category, said she understands how competitive and complex the book market has become, especially as related to coveted space in bookstores and libraries. “Many buyers will only consider purchasing indie books that have great reviews and awards. Thus, IMO Books is honored to have earned gold for Best New Voice: Children/YA in the 2016 Benjamin Franklin Book Awards for Flexible Wings, a contemporary look at military family life through the lens of a multiracial preteen girl.”

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PHOTOS BELOW: Gold winners at the 2016 Benjamin Franklin Book Awards in Salt Lake City, Utah show off their award-winning work. Additional photos available soon.


A complete list of the 2016 gold award winners in all 54 categories is below. Entries for the 29th annual Benjamin Franklin Book Awards program will be accepted starting May 1, 2016. Visit ibpabenjaminfranklinawards.com for more information as it becomes available.

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About the Independent Book Publishers Association:
IBPA was founded in 1983 to support independent publishers nationwide and, with over 3,100, is the largest publishers’ association in the U.S. IBPA’s mission is to lead and serve the independent publishing community by providing advocacy, education, and tools for success. Its vision is a world where every independent publisher has the tools and knowledge needed to professionally engage in all aspects of the publishing industry. For more information, visit www.ibpa-online.org.

About the Benjamin Franklin Book Awards:
The Benjamin Franklin Book Awards are administered by the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) with help from over 150 publishing professionals, including librarians, bookstore owners, reviewers, designers and editors. All entrants receive direct feedback from the judges which is sure to help guide future publications. For more information, visit http://ibpabenjaminfranklinawards.com/.

List of 2016 Benjamin Franklin Award Gold Award Winners:

Animals & Pets:
A Ruff Road Home: The Court Case Dogs of Chicago by Susan Russel (Safe Humane Chicago)

Art & Photography:
Art for War and Peace: How a Great Public Art Project Helped Canada Discover Itself by Ian Sigvaldason and Scott Steedman (Simply Read Books)

Autobiography & Memoir:
Go for Orbit: One of America’s First Women Astronauts Finds Her Space by Rhea Seddon (Your Space Press)

Ultimate Warrior: A Life Lived “Forever” by Jon Robinson (Insight Editions)

Body, Mind, & Spirt:
When the Nurse Becomes a Patient: A Story in Words and Images by Cortney Davis (Kent State University Press)

Business & Career:
Meetings Matter: 8 Powerful Strategies for Remarkable Conversations by Paul Axtell (Jackson Creek Press)

Children’s Picture Book (0-3 Years):
Mommy Loves Baby by Troy Muilenburg (Curtis Christine Press)

Children’s Picture Book (4-7 Years):
Curious Critters Marine by David FitzSimmons (Wild Iris Publishing)

Young Reader: Fiction (8-12 Years):
Red Cloud’s War: Brave Eagle’s Account of the Fetterman Fight by Paul Goble (Wisdom Tales)

Young Reader: Nonfiction (8-12 Years):
Vet Set Go! A Quick Start Guide to Becoming a Veterinarian by Dr. Chris Carpenter with Alison Landis Stone (Vet Set Go, LLC)

Teen Fiction (13-18 Years):
Dandelion on Fire: Greene Island Mystery, Book 1 by Sherry Torgent (Blue Ink Press, LLC)

Teen Nonfiction (13-18 Years):
The Quiet Hero: A Life of Ryan White by Nelson Price (Indiana Historical Society Press)

Coffee Table Book:
The Snoopy Treasures by Nat Gertler (Thunder Bay Press)

Palmaz Vineyard: At the Table & Around the Fire by Florencia Palmaz (Mad/Dash Press + Palmaz Vineyards)

Craft & Hobby:
Super House: Design Your Dream Home for Super Energy Efficiency, Total Comfort, Dazzling Beauty, Awesome Strength, and Economy by Donald R. Wulfinghoff (Energy Institute Press)

Anatomy for Dental Medicine, 2nd Edition by Eric W. Baker (Thieme Medical Publishers)

Gift Book:
How to Help Your Friend with Cancer by Colleen Dolan Fullbright (American Cancer Society)

Popular Fiction:
The Lovers’ Tango by Mark Rubinstein (Thunder Lake Press)

Fiction: Historical:
Angels at the Gate by T.K. Thorne (Cappuccino Books)

Fiction: Mystery/Suspense:
Method 15/33 by Shannon Kirk (Oceanview Publishing)

Fiction: Romance:
Indiscretion: Book 1 in the Andalucian Nights Trilogy by Hannah Fielding (London Wall Publishing)

Fiction: Science Fiction/Fantasy:
King Arthur’s Sister in Washington’s Court: By Mark Twain as Channeled by Kim Iverson Headlee by Kim Iverson Headlee (Lucky Bat Books)

Babel Via Negativa: Hybrid Scripting by Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé (Squircle Line Press & Ethos Books)

Living Large: Wilna Hervey and Nan Mason by Joseph P. Eckhardt (WoodstockArts)

The Doctor’s Kidney Diets: A Nutritional Guide to Managing and Slowing the Progression of Chronic Kidney Disease by Mandip S. Kang, M.D. (Square One Publishers, Inc.)

Historic Armenia After 100 Years: Ani, Kars, and the Six Provinces of Western Armenia by Matthew Karanian (Stone Garden Press)

Uncle John’s Weird Weird World: EPIC – The Strangest Things on Earth…Unearthed by Bathroom Readers’ Institute (Portable Press)

The Creative Activist: Make the World Better, One Person, One Action at a Time by Rae Luskin (Wise Ink Creative Publishing)

Maya Threads: A Woven History of Chiapas by Walter F. Morris, Jr. and Carol Karasik (Thrums Books)

Nature & Environment:
The National Parks: An American Legacy by Ian Shive (Earth Aware Editions)

Parenting & Family Issues:
Science of Parenthood: Thoroughly Unscientific Explanations for Utterly Baffling Parenting Situations by Norine Dworkin-McDaniel and Jessica Ziegler (She Writes Press)

Political & Current Events:
The Ecology of Law: Toward a Legal System in Tune with Nature and Community by Fritjof Capra and Ugo Mattei (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.)

Professional & Technical:
Red Combines: 1915-2015 The Authoritative Guide to International Harvester and Case IH Combines and Harvesting Equipment by Lee Klancher (Octane Press)

Antisocial, Borderline, Narcissistic & Histrionic Workbook: Treatment Strategies for Cluster B Personality Disorders by Daniel J. Fox, Ph.D. (PESI Publishing & Media)

The Cannabis Encyclopedia: The Definitive Guide to Cultivation & Consumption of Medical Marijuana by Jorge Cervantes (Van Patten Publishing)

In Search of Nampeyo: The Early Years, 1875-1892 by Steve Elmore (Spirit Bird Press)

Vanity Karma: Ecclesiastes, the Bhagavad-gita, and the Meaning of Life by Jayadvaita Swami (The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust)

Baby Care Anywhere: A Quick Guide to Parenting on the Go by Ben Spitalnick, MD, MBA, FAAP and Keith Seibert, MD, MBA, FAAP (American Academy of Pediatrics)

Sports & Recreation:
The Chicago Tribune Book of the Chicago Bears: A Decade-by Decade History by Chicago Tribune Staff (Agate Midway)

Paris 201: Uncommon Places in the City of Light by Jerry Marterer (Lydia Inglett Ltd. Publishing)

Cover Design: Fiction:
The Fog Seller by Don Daglow (Sausalito Media LLC)

Cover Design: Nonfiction:
Heroic Children: Untold Stories of the Unconquerable by Hanoch Teller (New York City Publishing Company)

Cover Design: Large Format:
Desert Bighorn Sheep: Wilderness Icon by Mark C. Jorgensen (Sunbelt Publications)

Cover Design: Children’s/Young Adult:
Disney Princess: A Magical Pop-Up World by Matthew Reinhart (Insight Editions)

Interior Design: 1-2 Color:
Creating Your First Resume: A Step-by-Step Guide to Write Your First Competitive Resume by Kathryn Troutman (The Resume Place)

Interior Design: 3 or More Colors:
Crimson Peak: The Art of Darkness by Mark Salisbury (Insight Editions)

Interior Design: 3 or More Colors (Children’s/YA):
The Green Musician retold by Mahvash Shahegh (Wisdom Tales)

Most Improved Redesign:
Closer to the Ground by Dylan Tomine (Patagonia Books)

Best New Voice: Fiction:
Eleanor’s Wars by Ames Sheldon (Beaver’s Pond Press)

Best New Voice: Nonfiction:
My Real Job is Being an Artist by Aletta de Wal, M.Ed. (Artist Career Training)

Best New Voice: Children’s/YA:
Flexible Wings by Veda Stamps (IMO Books)

The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book: Fiction:
Outrageous: Rise to Riches – The Victoria Woodhull Saga, Volume 1 by Neal Katz (Top Reads Publishing, LLC)

The Bill Fisher Award for Best Frist Book: Nonfiction:
The 8×8 Cookbook: Square Meals for Weeknight Family Dinner, Desserts, and More – In One Perfect 8×8-Inch Dish by Kathy Strahs (Burnt Cheese Press)

The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book: Children’s/YA:
The Toothless Fairy by Timothy Jordan (Night River Press)

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