Wednesday, June 03, 2009

IPPY Awards

The 2009 IPPY Awards have been announced. The IPPY Awards are given out by the Independent Publishing Industry.
For 26 years our mission at Independent Publisher has been to recognize and encourage the work of publishers who exhibit the courage and creativity necessary to take chances, break new ground, and bring about change, not only to the world of publishing, but to our society. These medalists were chosen from our regular entries for exemplifying this daring spirit.
There are 12 awards in all. I’ve listed 7 here:

Independent Spirit Award:
Gold: America according to Connor Gifford, by Connor Gifford and Victoria Harris (Hargrave Press)

Independent Voice Award:
Gold: Lust and Cashmere, by A.E. Simns (The Green Lantern Press)

Most Original Concept:
Gold: The Oxford Project, photographs by Peter Feldstein; text by Stephen G. Bloom (Welcome Books)
Silver: Attachments, by Anne-Marie Cottenet Dannenberg (Aava Books Co.)

Most Outstanding Design:
Gold: Paris Icons, by Leslie J. Little; photography by James P. Scholz; design and typography by Justine Tucker Art and Design (Icon Images)
Silver: The Chinese Dream: A Society Under Construction, by Neville Mars and Adrian Hornsby (010 Publishers)

Story Teller of the Year:
Gold: Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, for Flight of the Hummingbird: A Parable for the Environment, by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas with Wangari Maathai and His Holiness the Dalai Lama (Greystone Books)
Silver: Franklin A. (Bull Tail) Scout, for Grandfather’s Bedtime Stories: Three Traditional Sioux Folktales, by Franklin A. (Bull Tail) Scout; illustrated by Jim Yellowhawk (Peg Sperlich Publishing)

Most Inspirational to Youth:
Gold: Another Sad Mad Glad Book, by Chuck Stump & Jim Strawn (Four Dolphins)
Silver: Have You Ever Noticed? An A-Z Look at Feelings and Actions, by Ray Ali and Rudy Ambtman with Elaine Ali and Zobida Ambtman

Most Life-Changing:
Gold: Hands At Work - Portraits & Profiles of People Who Work with Their Hands, photography by Summer Moon Scriver; stories by Iris Graville (Heron Moon Press)

Although not an IPPY winner (yet), author Stephanie Dickison will be here tomorrow to talk about happened in her life that changed her and charged her up - how she took a rejection and turned it into a published book. Hope you’ll stop by and read her story and ask questions.


  1. Prestigious list indeed, and hurray for IPPY for what they do. I'll look forward to Stephanie's talk tomorrow.

    The Old Silly from Free Spirit Blog

  2. I agree Marvin. I love that the independent publishers give out awards for great books.

  3. I had never heard of the IPPYs, but I'm glad I read about them. I think awards for writers and storytellers are beautiful things. I hope I get a chance to pop over tomorrow and see what Stephanie has to say. It sounds like it'll be an inspiring interview.


  4. Cool. This gives me a whole new list of publishers I can go out and take a look at. Thanks. And congrats to the winners.

  5. I haven't heard of the IPPYs either but these sound like interesting books.

    Jane Kennedy Sutton

  6. How lovely that Wangari Maathai is on the list! I interviewed her some years ago for an Australian magazine. A lovely humble woman who has dedicated her life to saving Kenya's (and now Africa's) trees and natural envirnoments while giving a voice to marginalised women. Yeah!
    Fantastic awards- independent presses are under seige worldwide, any help they can get is welcome.

  7. Thanks for showcasing the IPPYs, Helen. The independent publishers are an important part of the publishing industry.

  8. Some intriguing titles I wasn't familiar with. Might have to hit the library (says the woman with a good five dozen books in her TBR pile already). ;)


  9. That's the down side of awards - so many more books to read! Yay.

  10. Thanks for sharing this,Helen.Do self-published books qualify for IPPY's?

  11. I've only recently learn of the IPPYs this past year but didn't realize how many categories they covered. Thanks for bringing that to our attention and looking forward to your fiesty guest, stephanie tomorrow. :-)

  12. Karen, I could be wrong, but I believe they're only for books published by independent presses - not self-published.

    Sia, there are more categories. I didn't list them all!

  13. I'm glad to see these books gettting the recognition they deserve. I'll definitely need to check them out. Thanks for sharing

    Nancy, from Just a Thought…

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