Independent Publishers of New England Announces Winners and Finalists of the 2015 IPNE Book Awards 

Independent Titles Score Top Honors in the 2nd Annual IPNE Book Awards

Independent Publishers of New England (IPNE) announced the winners and finalists of the 2015 IPNE Book Awards at their annual conference on September 25, 2015. Thirty winners and finalists were announced in ten categories. Awards were presented for titles published in 2013, 2014, and 2015 with one category open to perennial sellers.

“The caliber of books produced by IPNE members has risen dramatically since we started producing the awards,” said Charlotte Pierce, IPNE president, “and the winners and finalists this year demonstrate definitively that indies can produce books of the finest quality.”

Award-Winning Titles Include:

Books of the Year:

Rachel’s Day in the Garden by Giselle Shardlow (Tie)

Breathe: A Memoir of Motherhood, Grief, and Family Conflict by Kelly Kittel (Tie)

Order of Seven by Beth Teliho (Runner-Up)

Literary Fiction

Winner:

Wait Until I’m Dead! by Elda M. Dawber

Finalists:

Dogs Don’t Look Both Ways: A Primer on Unintended Consequences by Jane Hanser

Grants Ferry by David Chase

Genre Fiction

Winner:

Murdered Sleep by R.A. Harold

Finalists:

In the Waters of Time by Bette Lischke

Dante’s Cypher by T. Stephens

Children’s

Winner:

Rachel’s Day in the Garden by Giselle Shardlow

Finalists:

Freedom Trail Pop Up Book of Boston by Denise D. Price

Thomas Holland and the Prophecy of Elfhaven by K.M. Doherty

Young Adult 

Winner:

Order of Seven by Beth Teliho

Finalists:

Dogs Don’t Look Both Ways: A Primer on Unintended Consequences by Jane Hanser

Somewhere in Between by Katie Li

Narrative Nonfiction

Winner:

Breathe: A Memoir of Motherhood, Grief, and Family Conflict by Kelly Kittel

Finalists:

Those Who Remain: Remembrance and Reunion After War by Ruth W. Crocker

Finding Zoe by Brandi Rarus and Gail Harris

Informational Nonfiction

Winner:

Boston’s 100 Greatest Games by Rob Sneddon

Finalists:

The Real Dirt on Composting by Cheryl Wilfong

Brave: A Painfully Shy Life by Helen Rivas-Rose

Specialty Books

Winner:

Seacoast: The Seasons of New Hampshire by Bob McGrath

Finalists:

Freedom Trail Pop Up Book of Boston by Denise D. Price

The Ella Zoo by Elizabeth Dimmette Coyne

Cover Design

Winner:

The Real Dirt on Composting by Cheryl Wilfong

Finalists:

Brave: A Painfully Shy Life by Helen Rivas-Rose

Wait Until I’m Dead! by Elda M. Dawber

Book Presentation & Marketing

Winner:

Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project by Jack Mayer

Finalists:

The Troubles by Connie Johnson Hambley

Brave: A Painfully Shy Life by Helen Rivas-Rose

Full results along with cover images are available at IPNE.org.

Crystal Ponti, Project Leader for the 2015 Book Awards and current IPNE board member, says, “Our book awards program success begins with the enthusiastic participation of indie authors and publishers and continues with our exceptional panel of judges who are librarians with extensive writing, editorial, and book industry experience.”

IPNE’s mission is to provide opportunities for education and networking for those engaged in independent book publishing and related activities in the six New England states. IPNE offers educational programs, networking, marketing opportunities, advocacy, and information about publishing.

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