Congratulations and sincere thanks to the 2,000 independent authors and publishers who participated in the 2010 Independent Publisher Book Awards. The "IPPY" Awards, launched in 1996, are designed to bring increased recognition to the deserving but often unsung titles published by independent authors and publishers. Established as the first awards program open exclusively to independents, over 2,000 "IPPYs" have been awarded to authors and publishers around the world. The Awards recognize 12 Outstanding Books of the Year in categories such as Most Inspirational to Youth and Most Likely To Save the Planet, and to gold, silver and gold medal winners in 67 categories, ranging from non-fiction categories like Architecture and Religion, to fiction categories like Multicultural and Horror. Our Regional Awards honor books published with a regional focus, and recognize Best Fiction and Best Non-Fiction Book in eight U.S. and two Canadian regions This year we saw spectacular work in so many categories – so much creativity, so much passion -- so much truth. The main thing I’ve learned about independent authors and publishers over the years is that they tell the truth. We judged passionately truthful memoirs and biographies, soulfully truthful self-help books, and brutally honest critiques of our social and political systems. It is this dedication to truth and the art of literature that makes these awards worthwhile and inspires us to delve into the massive task of judging each year. So, if you appreciate books written from the heart, not the wallet, and dedicated to truth, not profit, check out these 400 award-winning books – they deserve your attention and admiration. Here’s to the spirit of independence! - Jim Barnes, Awards Director


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Announcing the 2010 IPPY Outstanding Books of the Year

Special awards recognize the daring spirit of independent authors and publishers
For 27 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 -- the book projects our judges found the most heartfelt, unique, outspoken and experimental among our 4,000 entries. All 12 of these books earned IPPY Award gold medals.

Congratulations to this year's Outstanding Books of the Year:

Independent Spirit Award

Love…, by Laird Salkeld (Self-Published)

Independent Voice Award

The Chimpanzee Manifesto, by Nathaniel Gold (Jessian Press)

Freedom Fighter of the Year

Why We Serve: A Portrait of the Army National Guard
, Senior Editor: Keith Kawasaki (Iostudio) and
Plundering Appalachia: The Tragedy of Mountaintop-Removal Coal Mining, by Tom Butler and George Wuerthner (Earth Aware Editions)

Most Likely To Save the Planet

Planet Ice: A Climate for Change, Photography by James Martin; essays by Yvon Chouinard, Gino Casassa, Richard Alley, Ian Stirling, Nick Jans, Broughton Coburn, and Gretel Ehrlich (Braided River)

Peacemaker of the Year

Heaven in the Midst of Hell: A Quaker Chaplain’s View of the War in Iraq, by Commander Sheri Snively (Raven Oaks Press)

Most Original Concept

Three Sixty Five: A Tatoo Sketchbook , by Martin LaCasse (Presto Art, Inc.)

Most Outstanding Design

Give It All, Give It Now: One of the Few Things I Know About Writing, by Annie Dillard and inscribed and illustrated by Sam Fink (Welcome Books)

Story Teller of the Year

Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation Elders, featured in People of the Lakes: Stories of Our Van Tat Gwich’in Elders/Googwandak Nakhwach’ànjòo Van Tat Gwich'in, by Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation and Shirleen Smith (The University of Alberta Press)

Best Book Arts Craftsmanship

Dancessence, by Hal Eastman (Peregrine Images)

Most Inspirational to Youth

The Big Red Bike, by E.J. Tims (Jettster Publishing)

Most Progressive Health Book

Confessions of an Rx Drug Pusher, by Gwen Olsen (iUniverse)

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