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Living Now Books Awards 2012 Press Page

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Living Now Book Award Winners Help Prepare Readers for the Future

(Traverse City, MI – Sept 6, 2012)  -  Jenkins Group is proud to announce the winners of the 4th Annual Living Now Book Awards, presented each year to honor books that improve our lives. During these trying times, when the middle class is disappearing, family budgets are shrinking, and the changing climate is inspiring a more “green” approach, now is the time to read books about enriching our lives in wholesome, Earth-friendly ways.  

The Living Now Book Awards celebrate the innovation and creativity of newly published books in lifestyle categories from cooking and fitness to parenting and spirituality. In all, 94 medals were awarded in 29 categories, chosen from 488 total entries. The awards are presented by Jenkins Group of Traverse City, Michigan, a book packaging and marketing firm dedicated to promoting books that make the world a better place.

Like it or not, it’s election season, and the question keeps coming up: “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?” You’ll certainly be better off if you read some of the medal-winning books in this year’s Living Now Book Awards:

·        Battling weight gain? Stressed out? Holly Mosier’s Stress Less, Weigh Less (gold medalist in the Exercise/Fitness category) will help you lose weight and manage stress at the same time

·        Aging parents? Menopause? 100 Plus: How the Coming Age of Longevity Will Change Everything and Is This Normal? The Essential Guide to Middle Age and Beyond (tied for gold medalists in the Mature Living/Aging category) are two cutting-edge books with the latest info on aging and the longevity revolution

·        Want to turn your backyard into a flourishing garden? High-Impact, Low-Carbon Gardening: 1001 Ways to Garden Sustainably (gold medalist in the Gardening/Farming category) is all about smart gardening in a changing climate and using healthy and efficient methods to grow your own food

The Living Now Book Awards honor books that treat every day as Earth Day, the celebration of environmental awareness that has raised our collective consciousness to imagine a cleaner, healthier world. That’s what great books do, they help us imagine change, and give us the information to make changes happen.

Some winning books offer stern warnings. Here’s a quote from the introduction of Comfortably Unaware: Global Depletion and Food Responsibility, by Dr. Richard A. Oppenlander (silver medalist, Green Living category): “We are witnessing what could only be considered the sixth era of extinction on our planet because of an accelerated loss of biodiversity. The leading cause of this massive loss of plants, insects, and animals is our current choice of animal products as food.” In the first chapter of Do Your Part: A Practical Guide to Green Living, by Terri Bennett (gold medalist, Green Living category), she lists some things America “leads the world” in: amount of water used; amount of energy consumed; amount of trash generated. “So, yes, Americans definitely lead the way. Do we really want to be leaders of consumption and waste? It’s not a badge I want to wear, or one I want for my children.” The next 100 pages are filled with ways we can turn that situation around in our daily lives.

“Books are the perfect thing to inspire us and to inform ourselves about keeping ourselves and the Earth healthy,” said Awards Director Jim Barnes. “These books will help people solve problems and improve their lives, today and for future generations. Congratulations to all Living Now Book Award winners and thanks for their contributions to a better world.”

See complete results for the 2012 Living Now Book Awards at http://www.independentpublisher.com/article.php?page=1577

For more details about the Awards or to interview recipients, please contact:

Jim Barnes, Managing Editor & Awards Director
IndependentPublisher.com / Jenkins Group
Ph: 1.800.644.0133 x1011

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About the Living Now Awards

The Living Now Book Awards celebrate the innovation and creativity of newly published books that enhance the quality of our lives, from cooking and fitness to relationships and mature living. The awards are open to all books written in English and intended for the North American market. The gold, silver and bronze medalists in this year’s Living Now Book Awards offer a list of books representing the fastest-growing segments of book publishing today, and the Living Now Book Awards help demonstrate the importance of these books to readers and their vitality in the marketplace. The awards are presented by Jenkins Group of Traverse City, Michigan. Jenkins Group has been involved in book packaging, marketing and distribution since 1988, and is dedicated to promoting books that improve readers’ lives, bring families together, and make the world a safer, healthier place.

 

Congratulations to all medalist in the 2012 Living Now Book Awards!

You may purchase extra seals, certificates, medals, and electronic versions of the medal artwork at the Living Now Awards merchandise page: http://www.jenkinsgroupinc.com/store/index.php?p=catalog&parent=47&pg=1

 

  • Seals are available in rolls of 250 and 1000
  • You may order additional certificates with customized wording.
  • Hi-res versions of the seal artwork are available for reproducing on book covers and promotional materials

 

Here are some other helpful links:

 

2012 Living Now Awards results page:
http://www.independentpublisher.com/article.php?page=1577

 

Amazon.com 2012 Living Now Award Winners Page, with direct links to the books at Amazon.com:
http://astore.amazon.com/living_now_2012-20

 

Basic Living Now logo artwork:
http://www.independentpublisher.com/LNSepia.jpg

 

Living Now medal artwork – low res for Web use:

http://www.LivingNowAwards.com/images/LNgold.jpg
http://www.LivingNowAwards.com/images/LNsilver.jpg
http://www.LivingNowAwards.com/images/LNbronze.jpg

 

Click here for complete 2009 Living Now Awards medalist results.

Click here for the complete 2010 Living Now Awards medalist results.

Click here for the complete 2011 Living Now Awards medalist results.

 

Living Now Awards blurbs:

“The Living Now Book Awards recognize books that help readers help themselves, to learn about enriching their lives in wholesome, Earth-friendly ways. Lifestyle publishing categories such as home, health, family and personal development are the fastest-growing segments of book publishing today, and the Living Now Book Awards help demonstrate the importance of these books to readers and their vitality in the marketplace.”
 

“Books are an important tool for gaining knowledge about life-improvement goals, and the Living Now Book Award results announcement is a must-read list for helping us achieve those goals.”
 

“Authors and publishers all over the planet are helping readers sense the need to slow down, see and feel the natural world around them, and to find balance in their lives. The Living Now Book Awards are intended to recognize and promote newly-published lifestyle books that help us keep ourselves, our families, and the Earth healthy – today, and for future generations.”
 

Books for Better Living!

Candidates for the Living Now Book Awards are books written and designed to help improve and enhance our lives through creative ideas, inspiring advice and time-saving tips. These awards are conducted in the same spirit as Earth Day, which for 40 years has celebrated taking care of Planet Earth. Great books can help us take better care of ourselves, our communities, and the world around us.


Thank you for your support of the Living Now Awards and congratulations on your great work!

Jim Barnes, Awards Director - jimb@bookpublishing.com

 


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