The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) has announced the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Awards, and Outskirts Press is proud to once again be represented in the winner’s circle. The Benjamin Franklin Awards, administered by the Independent Book Publishers Association, are among the most respected book awards in the country. The awards recognize excellence in both editorial and design. The specific genre categories are judged by three industry professionals, coming from the library, bookstore, reviewer, designer, publicity and editorial markets.
Join us in congratulating one of Outskirts Press’ finalists, G.A. Whitmore, whose A Place to Call Home is a finalist in the Teen Fiction category, and L.L. Field, who is finalist in the Fiction Romance genre with The Marriage of True Minds.
Winners and finalists will be recognized at a gala event at the Benjamin Franklin Awards ceremony during the association’s Publishing University, scheduled for April 10-11, 2015, in Austin, Texas. Winners receive an engraved crystal trophy. All winners and finalists are announced to the major trade journals and media.
Teen Fiction (13-18 years)
A Place to Call Home: Toby’s Tale by G.A. Whitmore
Every rescue dog has a tale to tell, a story uniquely their own. A Place to Call Home is Toby’s tale. His story takes you on a journey across the country from California to Connecticut and across the spectrum of life’s emotional and spiritual experience. Born on a small farm in northern California, Toby narrowly escapes the death sentence imposed upon him by his breeder. Through a series of events driven by good intentions, he finds himself in a Connecticut suburb where life with his new family soon collapses on him, and his newfound happiness is brutally destroyed. On his quest to find a place to call home, Toby encounters and endures the best and worst of humanity as he comes face to face with sorrow and joy, fear and courage, and ultimately, with the power of love.
Format: 6 x 9 paperback white, 299 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Feb 19, 2014)
Genre: FICTION / General
ABOUT G.A. Whitmore:
G.A. Whitmore’s passion for writing and her love of dogs come together in her series The Rescue Dog Tales. The first book in the series, A Place to Call Home, was inspired by Toby, an abused dog she adopted from the Connecticut Humane Society. Whitmore currently lives in Connecticut with her two rescue dogs, Kadee and Zeus.
The Marriage of True Minds by L.L. Field
The Marriage of True Minds is an opulent journey into the lives and loves of the Earl of Stoneleigh and the Earl of Wortham during the reign of George III in 18th century England. It is a glimpse of the period’s upper class society weighed down by social conventions in a milieu of constant social obligations requiring fine carriages, elegant attire, and polished, polite manners. L.L. Field captures all the details that will keep you immersed page after page as you witness their daily struggles to find real love while supporting their lavish lifestyles, with the ultimate pressure to secure the future of their earldoms by producing heirs.
Format: 5.5 x 8.5 paperback cream, 331 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Sep 10, 2014)
Genre: FICTION / Romance / Historical
ABOUT L.L. Field:
The Marriage of True Minds is L.L. Field’s first novel born of a love of 18th century England. She has a B.A. in Political Science and a M.S. in Judicial Administration. Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, she now lives in the Washington, D.C., area and is hard at work on a sequel.
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