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Recognizing the Year's Best Books for Better Living
Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Living Now Book 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 some of the fastest-growing segments of book publishing today, and the Living Now Book Awards publicize the importance of these books to readers and their vitality in the marketplace.
Below you will find the press release, followed by helpful links and blurbs.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Celebrating Books that Heal the Mind, Body and Spirit:
2016 Living Now Book Awards Results Announced
Jenkins Group and IndependentPublisher.com are proud to announce the winners of the 2016 Living Now Book Awards, designed to recognize the year's best lifestyle and world-changing books. Each year, "books for better living" are chosen for their unique ability to enrich readers' lives and promote sustainability. This year's contest - the 8th annual awards - resulted in an exceptionally impressive medalist list, a testament to the increasing quality of published books today.
109 gold, silver, and bronze medals were awarded to books in 34 total categories, ranging from cooking and coloring books to metaphysical and meditation. "This year's medalists prove that books can unite and inspire people, in spite of the inequalities and hardships that face our world on a day-to-day basis," says Awards Director Jim Barnes. "Not only do books allow people to find balance amidst the chaos, they also serve as a potent force against ignorance and hatred. The 2016 Living Now award-winners are a testament to the power of literature."
Special Living Now Awards are presented to books that stood out and impressed the judges in the areas of Mind, Body and Spirit. This year's Mind winner, My Mother, My Son by Dwayne J. Clark, is an intimate portrait of what happens when the mind fails. Clark, an executive for an assisted living company, was not prepared when his own mother started to seem "old and frail," eventually becoming a resident in one of his own facilities. "The fact is, with Alzheimer's or dementia, there is no running or hiding. To truly understand these diseases, to truly help in whatever way you are able, you have to understand the loss of who the person was. It is not simply that the disease is devastating; it is the devastation of human life and what is left behind."
For its revolutionary approach to healing the Body, judges chose The Whole Health Diet by Mark Mincolla, PhD. "Based on my years of experience, one reason why most diets fail within the first year is because energy, typically in the form of human emotion, ultimately gets in the way," says the author, who then asks us to "imagine that there is a personalized diet system for you and you alone that enables you to optimize your health and maximize your weight loss potential by holistically balancing all your life force energy."
Finally, for its Spirit-opening compassion: If You Feel Too Much, by Jamie Tworkowski, who says in his introduction that he hopes his "stories might provide a sense of home. Home meaning you belong, you feel safe, you're not alone." And later: "It seems there are thousands of us, people navigating fears and dreams, standing at the intersection of pain and hope, wondering if it might be okay to say it all out loud, okay to ask for help."
The Living Now Awards are presented by Jenkins Group of Traverse City, Michigan, a book packaging and marketing firm dedicated to promoting books, as well as IndependentPublisher.com, a publication intended to promote the work of indie booksellers, publishers, and authors. The awards were created to 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 in English and intended for the North American market.
To learn more about the Living Now Book Awards or to find out more about any of the winning books and authors, contact Jim Barnes, Awards Director - jimb (at) bookpublishing.com
To view this press release as a PDF, click here.
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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 medalists in the 2016 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:
•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
Other helpful links:
2016 Results Program:
2016 Detailed Results Listing: http://www.independentpublisher.com/article.php?page=2101
2016 Living Now Awards results page: http://www.independentpublisher.com/article.php?page=2098
2016 Evergreen Medals page: http://www.independentpublisher.com/article.php?page=2106
2016 Living Now Award Bookstore, with direct links to the books at Amazon.com: http://www.independentpublisher.com/article.php?page=2108
Basic Living Now logo artwork: http://www.independentpublisher.com/LNSepia.jpg
Living Now medal artwork – low res for Web use:
Evergreen Medal artwork - low res for Web use:
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org