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2017 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award Winners Celebrated

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Collage of Books for the 2017 Foreword INDIES Winners

TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan: June 15, 2018—Foreword Reviews, a book review journal focusing on independently published books, announced the winners of its INDIES Book of the Year Awards today. The awards recognize the best books published in 2017 from small, indie, and university presses, as well as self-published authors. You can view all of the winners at:

“Awarding the INDIES is an intense months long judging process and our editorial team and librarian/bookseller judges grow a bit emotional as the announcement date nears,” said Matt Sutherland, Foreword Reviews’ editor-in-chief. “Everyone involved finds it a great honor to recognize all these great books because so many of them have been overlooked by mainstream publications due to the low profile of their publishers and authors. While they don’t have major PR machine or corporate budgets, these indie publishers are passionate about what they do, take chances, and produce a wide range of thought-provoking books.”

Over 2,000 entries were submitted in 68 categories, with Foreword’s editors choosing the finalists, and a panel of over 150 librarians and booksellers acting as judges to pick the winners.

Foreword editors also selected Editor’s Choice winners in nonfiction and fiction, naming The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen, by Sean Sherman and Beth Dooley, and published by University of Minnesota Press, its nonfiction honoree; and The End We Start From, by Megan Hunter and published by Grove Press, the winner in fiction.

Patagonia was named Foreword‘s publisher of the year. “Of the many important issues facing a troubled world, we are particularly impressed with Patagonia’s ability to inspire environmental activism through superlative nature writing,” said Sutherland. “Whether its publishing works on endangered steelhead trout in the Pacific Northwest or Polynesian voyagers, Patagonia embodies the best of the indie spirit this year.”

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