[dropcap]The [/dropcap]IPPY Awards, or the Independent Publisher Book Awards are presented to the year’s best titles published in these important and growing divisions of independent publishing (including self-publishing). It was reaffirming to see a few of the titles I had reviewed awarded. It means that the books that I liked or resonated with me are something experienced by others as well. I enjoy promoting independent publishers and the authors whose books they undertake to bring to a wider audience. I recognize that it takes a lot of self-promotion on the part of the author due to the budget constraints of the independent publisher. This makes the award all that much more relevant to the author. Congrats to all the winners!
Listed below are the General, Regional fiction and non-fiction medalists, along with links to reviews here or at other trusted blogger sites.
General Literary Fiction
GOLD: All That is Solid Melts Into Air, by Carole Giangrande (Inanna Publications)
GOLD: Outside People and Other Stories, by Mariam Pirbhai (Inanna Publications)
Canada-East – Best Regional Fiction
GOLD: Quarry, by Catherine Graham (Two Wolves Press)
SILVER: Yasmeen Haddad Loves Joanasi Maqaittik, by Carolyn Marie Souaid (Baraka Books of Montreal)
BRONZE: The Greatest Hits of Wanda Jaynes, by Bridget Canning (Breakwater)
Canada-East – Best Regional Non-Fiction
GOLD: Rock Paper SEX: The Oldest Profession in Canada’s Oldest City, by Kerri Cull (Breakwater Books)
SILVER (tie): The Sweet Bloods of Eeyou Istchee: Stories of Diabetes and the James Bay Cree, by Ruth DyckFehderau (Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay)
Robert Bond: The Greatest Newfoundlander, by Ted Rowe (Breakwater Books)
The full list of General Winners can be found here.
The full list of Regional Winners is here.
James M. Fisher is the owner and editor-in-chief of The Miramichi Reader. He began TMR in 2015, realizing that there was a genuine need for more book reviews of Canadian literature. It has since become Canada’s best-regarded source for the finest in new literary releases. James has been interviewed about TMR on CBC Radio and other media sites. James works as a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technologist and lives in Miramichi, New Brunswick with his wife Diane and their tabby cat Eddie.