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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, 5,000 "IPPYs" have been awarded to authors and publishers around the world. 


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2018 Independent Publisher Book Awards General Results

Congratulations and sincere thanks to the independent authors and publishers who participated in our 22nd annual, 2018 Independent Publisher Book Awards contest.

The 410 total medalists represent books from 41 U.S. states plus Guam and District of Columbia; 6 Canadian provinces; and 12 countries overseas.

Here are the gold, silver and bronze medalists in our 83 General categories. For the Regional, E-Book, and Outstanding category medalists, click the links below.



1. Fine Art

GOLD: Ray Stanford Strong: West Coast Landscape Artist, by Mark Humpal (University of Oklahoma Press)

SILVER: Artists in Exile: Expressions of Loss and Hope, by Frauke V. Josenhans (Yale University Art Gallery)

BRONZE: Manuel Neri: The Assertion of Modern Figurative Sculpture, by Anderson Collection at Stanford University)

2. Performing Arts (Music/Dance/Cinema/Theater)

GOLD: Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water: Creating a Fairy Tale for Troubled Times, by Gina McIntyre (Insight Editions)

SILVER: Director's Cut: My Life in Film, by Ted Kotcheff (ECW Press)

BRONZE: Dirty Windshields: The Best and the Worst of the Smugglers Tour Diaries, by Grant Lawrence (Douglas & McIntyre)

3. Photography

GOLD: Tending the Fire: Native Voices & Portraits, by Christopher Felver (University of New Mexico Press)

SILVER: Arthur Meyerson: The Journey, Photography by Arthur Meyerson (A.M. Editions)

BRONZE: Forgotten Heritage, by Matthew Emmett (Jonglez Publishing)

4. Architecture

GOLD: Aaron G. Green: Organic Architecture Beyond Frank Lloyd Wright,
 by Randolph C. Henning (ORO Editions)

SILVER: The Fantastic Seashell of the Mind: The Architecture of Mark Mills, by Janey Bennett (ORO Editions)

BRONZE: A White House of Stone: Building America’s First Ideal in Architecture, by William Seale (The White House Historical Association)

5. Coffee Table Books

GOLD: The Art of Mondo, by Mondo (Insight Editions)

SILVER: Cherokee National Treasures: In their Own Words, edited by Shawna Morton Cain, PhD, Pamela Jumper Thurman, PhD, Gayle Parnell Samuels and Betty Christie Frogg (Cherokee Nation)

BRONZE: Burners, by Nicholas King (Laughing Coyote Press)

6. Popular Fiction

GOLD: The Cast, by Amy Blumenfeld (SparkPress)

SILVER: Tangier, by Stephen Holgate (Blank Slate Press)

BRONZE (tie): A Handbook for Beautiful People, by Jennifer Spruit (Inanna Publications)

A Life Unexpected, by Alison Ragsdale (Self-Published)

7. Literary Fiction

GOLD: All That Is Solid Melts Into Air, by Carole Giangrande (Inanna Publications)

SILVER: Us & Them, by Bahiyyih Nakhjavani (Stanford University Press)

BRONZE (tie): This Is How It Begins, by Joan Dempsey (She Writes Press)

The Hemingway Files, by H.K. Bush (Blank Slate Press)

8. Short Story Fiction

GOLD: The Truth About Me: Stories, by Louise Marburg (WTAW Press)

SILVER: The Love Life of an Assistant Animator & Other Stories, by Katherine Vaz (Tailwinds Press)

BRONZE: Subcortical, by Lee Conell (Johns Hopkins University Press)

9. Poetry

GOLD: Good Bones, by Maggie Smith (Tupelo Press)

SILVER: Beginner's Guide to a Head-On Collision, by Sebastian Matthews (Red Hen Press)

BRONZE: Scar On / Scar Off, by Jennifer Maritza McCauley (Stalking Horse Press)

10. Anthologies

GOLD: Before All Memory is Lost: Women’s Voices from the Holocaust, edited by Myrna Goldenberg (The Azrieli Foundation)

SILVER: Breaking Sad: What to Say After Loss, What Not to Say, and When to Just Show Up, edited by Shelly Fisher & Jennifer Jones (She Writes Press)

BRONZE: Unmasked: Women Write About Sex and Intimacy After Fifty, edited by Marcia Meier and Kathleen A. Barry, PhD. (Weeping Willow Books)

11. Juvenile Fiction

GOLD: The Phantom of New York: Vol I, Peter and the Crown, by A.L. Janney (Self-Published)

SILVER: The Tower, by Lynn Yvonne Moon (Köehler Books)

BRONZE (tie): Idiot Genius: Willa Snap and the Clockwerk Boy, by Richard Due; Illustrations by Carolyn Arcabascio (Gibbering Gnome Press)

Bigfoot: Mysterious Monsters Book One, by David Michael Slater; Illustrated by Mauro Sorghienti (Corgi Bits)

12. Young Adult Fiction

GOLD: Rings of Time, by Renée Veillet (Tellwell)

SILVER: Losing Adam, by Adrienne Clarke (Self-Published)

BRONZE (tie): The Frontman, by Ron Bahar (SparkPress)

Cold Summer, by Gwen Cole (Sky Pony Press)

13. Fantasy

GOLD: Beforelife, by Randal Graham (ECW Press)

SILVER: Littlest Death: A Labyrinth of Souls Novel, by Eric Witchey (ShadowSpinners Press)

BRONZE (tie): Tarbin’s True Heir: The Recharging: Book One, by Kelly Lynn Colby (Inklings Publishing)

Above the Star: The 8th Island Trilogy: Book One, by Alexis Marie Chute (SparkPress)

14. Science Fiction

GOLD: The Riven Stars, by Stephen Renneberg (Self-Published)

SILVER: Specimen 959, by Robert Davies (BHC Press/Indigo)

BRONZE: Solar Reboot, by Matthew D. Hunt (Self-Published)

15. LGBT+ Fiction

GOLD: The Clothesline Swing, by Ahmad Danny Ramadan (Nightwood Editions)

SILVER: Marriage of a Thousand Lies, by S.J. Sindu (Soho Press, Inc.)

BRONZE: Postcards from the Canyon, by Lisa Gitlin (Bywater Books)

16. Erotica

GOLD: Unspeakably Erotic: Lesbian Kink, edited by D.L. King (Cleis Press)

SILVER: Beyond the Rules, by Anna Del Mar (Self Published)

BRONZE: Behind the Door, by A. Gavazzoni (Self Published)

17. Historical Fiction

GOLD: The Murderer’s Maid, by Erika Mailman (Bonhomie Press)

SILVER (tie): What is Forgiven, by C.F. Yetmen (Ypsilon & Co Press)

Madam of My Heart, by Gini Grossenbacher (JGKS Press)

BRONZE: The Muse of Fire, by Carol M. Cram (New Arcadia Publishing)

18. Military/Wartime Fiction

GOLD: The Last Innocent Hour, by Margot Abbott (Sand Hill Review Press)

SILVER: The Trumpets of Jericho, by J. Michael Dolan (Monochrome Books)

BRONZE: Shifting Sands: Tradecraft: Phase One, by Michael Shusko (Self-Published)

19. Horror

GOLD: Dante’s Town of Terror, by Patrick R. Delaney (Self-Published)

SILVER: Knuckle Balled, by Drew Stepek (Blood Bound Books)

BRONZE: Antitheus, by G.A. Minton (World Castle Publishing)

20. Multicultural Fiction

GOLD: Outside People and Other Stories, by Mariam Pirbhai (Inanna Publications)

SILVER: China Girl and Other Stories, by Ho Lin (Regent Press)

BRONZE: Dream of Another America, by Tyler McMahon (Gival Press)

21. Multicultural Fiction – Juv-Young Adult

GOLD: The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball, by Dori Jones Yang (SparkPress)

SILVER: Choose Your Path: Adventures in American Jewish History, by Shoshana Hantman (Sidney Books)

BRONZE: On a LARP (A Sid Rubin Silicon Alley Adventure), by Stefani Deoul (Bywater Books)

22. Mystery/Cozy/Noir

GOLD: A Sticky Inheritance, by Emily James (Stronghold Books)

SILVER(tie): Uncorking a Lie, by Nadine Nettmann (Midnight Ink)

The Last Train: A Tokyo Mystery, by Michael Pronko (Raked Gravel Press)

BRONZE: A Song for Desmond, by B.R. Laue (Brandy Hill Publishing)

23. Suspense/Thriller

GOLD: Hard Dog to Kill, by Craig Holt (Wildblue Press)

SILVER: The Fourth Pularchek, by Samuel Marquis (Mount Sopris Publishing)

BRONZE (tie): Azrael, by M.T. Ellis (Self-Published)

Vacant Eyes, by Christine Mager Wevik (Self-Published)

24. Religious Fiction

GOLD: The Shepherd's Calculus, by C. S. Farrelly (Cavan Bridge Press)

SILVER: Judah's Scepter and the Sacred Stone, by D. A. Brittain (First Edition Design Publishing)

BRONZE (tie): Anchored by Death: A Jo Oliver Thriller, by Catherine Finger (Elk Lake Publishing)

The Transmigrant, by Kristi Saare Duarte (Self-Published)

25. Romance

GOLD: London, Can You Wait?, by Jacquelyn Middleton (Kirkwall Books)

SILVER (tie): The Demon Duke: Put Up Your Dukes Book 1, by Margaret Locke (Locked On Love Publishing)

The Many Lives of Fitzwilliam Darcy, by Beau North & Brooke West (Self-Published)

BRONZE: Snapdragon, by Kilby Blades (Luxe Press)

26. True Crime

GOLD: Famous Crimes the World Forgot Volume II: More Vintage True Crimes Rescued from Obscurity, by Jason Lucky Morrow (Historical Crime Detective Books)

SILVER: Gaslight Lawyers: Criminal Trials & Exploits in Gilded Age New York, by Richard H. Underwood (Shadelandhouse Modern Press)

BRONZE: Death of an Assassin: The True Story of the German Murderer Who Died Defending Robert E. Lee, by Ann Marie Ackermann (Kent State University Press)

27. Urban Fiction

GOLD: The Boss, by Aya De León (Dafina Books)

SILVER: Ruined, by D.E. Eliot (Write On Publishing)

BRONZE: Heated: An Urban Dramedy, by JC Gardner (Perfect Publishing)

28. Visionary/New Age Fiction

GOLD: Fire: Book Three of the Elemental Journey Series, by Caroline Allen (Art of Storytelling)

SILVER: Grip of the Hawk, by Brenda Schaeffer (Balboa Press)

BRONZE: The Mystical Village that Rewired Reality: Journey to Gylodon, by Justin Nathan (Self-Published)

29. Graphic Novel/Drawn Book - General

GOLD: Quince, by Kit Steinkellner; art by Emma Steinkellner; created by Sebastian Kadlecik (Fanbase Press)

SILVER: ELEMENTS: Fire - A Comic Anthology by Creators of Color, edited by Taneka Stotts (Beyond Press)

BRONZE: Portraits of Violence: An Illustrated History of Radical Thinking, by Brad Evans and Sean Michael Wilson; Illustrated by Inko, Carl Thompson, Robert Brown, Chris Mackenzie, Michiru Morikawa & Yen Quach (New Internationalist Publications)

30. Graphic Novel/Drawn Book- Drama/Documentary

GOLD: Renegade: Martin Luther, the Graphic Novel, by Andrea Grosso Ciponte and Dacia Palmerino (Plough Publishing House)

SILVER: Daddy Hall: A Biography in 80 Linocuts, by Tony Miller (The Porcupine’s Quill)

BRONZE: Moonshot: The Indigenous Comics Collection Vol 2, by Various Authors (Alternate History Comics Inc)

31. Humor

GOLD: Die Hard Christmas: The Illustrated Holiday Classic, by Doogie Horner; Illustrated by JJ Harrison (Insight Editions)

SILVER: Finding My Badass Self: A Year of Truths and Dares, by Sherry Stanfa-Stanley (She Writes Press)

BRONZE: A Brief History of Oversharing: One Ginger’s Anthology of Humiliation, by Shawn Hitchins (ECW Press)

32. Children’s Picture Books ( 7 & Under)

GOLD (tie): I See You, by Michael Genhart; Illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff (Magination Press)

If You Look Up to the Sky, by Angela Dalton; Illustrations by Margarita Sikorskaia (Beaver’s Pond Press)

SILVER: Trees, by Lemniscates (Candlewick Studio)

BRONZE: Quiet! by Kate Alizadeh (Child’s Play)

33. Children’s Picture Books ( All ages)

GOLD (tie) The Girl Who Ran: Bobbi Gibb, the First Woman to Run the Boston Marathon, by Frances Poletti & Kristina Yee; Illustrated by Susanna Chapman (Compendium)

What Do You Do With a Chance? by Kobi Yamada; Illustrated by Mae Besom (Compendium)

SILVER (tie): The Silly Parade and Other Topsy-Turvy Poems, by Anne Dwyer; Illustrations by Nikolai Popov (Rovakada Publishing)

Yokki and the Parno Gry, by Richard O’Neill & Katharine Quarmby; Illustrated by Marieke Nelissen (Childs Play)

BRONZE: The Lonely Mailman, by Susanna Isern; Illustrations by Daniel Montero Galán (Cuento De Luz)

34. Children’s Interactive

GOLD: Superpowers! A Great Big Collection of Awesome Activities, Quirky Questions, and Wonderful Ways to See Just How Super You Already Are, by M.H. Clark; illustrated by Michael Byers (Compendium)

SILVER: Mindful Kids: 50 Mindfulness Activities for Kindness, Focus, and Calm, by Whitney Stewart and Mina Braun (Barefoot Books)

BRONZE: BigFoot Goes on Vacation: A Spectacular Seek and Find Challenge for All Ages! by D.L. Miller (Fox Chapel Publishing)

35. Juvenile-Young Adult Non-Fiction

GOLD: Feminism From A to Z, by Gayle E. Pitman, PhD (Magination Press)

SILVER: In A Relationship: Avoid the Worst & Experience the Best in Your Social Life & Relationships, by Aaron Boe (Smith Knutson Publishing)

BRONZE (tie): The Sword and The Broom: The Exceptional Career and Accomplishments of John Mercer Langston, by Linda Salisbury (Tabby House)

What I Can Learn from the Incredible and Fantastic Life of Steve Jobs, by Fredrik Colting and Melissa Medina; Illustrations by Natsuko Yoneyama (Moppet Books)

36. Multicultural N-F Juv- Young Adult

GOLD (tie): Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees, by Mary Beth Leatherdale; Art by Eleanor Shakespeare (Annick Press)

#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women, Edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale (Annick Press)

SILVER: Standing Up for Civil Rights in St. Louis, by Amanda E. Doyle and Melanie A. Adams (Missouri History Museum)

BRONZE: Come Sunday: A Young Reader’s History of Congo Square, by Freddi Williams Evans (University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press)

37. Multicultural Non-Fiction Adult

GOLD: Piominko: Chickasaw Leader, by Mitch Caver and Thomas W. Cowger (Chickasaw Press)

SILVER: Judith F. Baca, by Anna Indych-López (UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Press)

BRONZE: Two-Countries: U.S. Daughters & Sons of Immigrant Parents: Flash Memoir,
Personal Essays & Poetry
, edited by Tina Schumann (Red Hen Press)

38. Essay/Creative Non-Fiction

GOLD: And There Was Evening and There Was Morning, by Mike Smith (WTAW Press)

SILVER: I’ll Be Your Mirror: Essays & Aphorisms, by David Lazar (University of Nebraska Press)

BRONZE (tie): Flight Path: A Search for Roots Beneath the World’s Busiest Airport, by Hannah Palmer (Hub City Press)

The Pittsburgh That Stays Within You (Fifth Edition), by Samuel Hazo; Photography by Paige Crawley (Word Association Publishers)

39. Autobiography/Memoir I (Celebrity/Political/Romance)

GOLD: As I Saw It: A Reporter’s Intrepid Journey, by Marvin Scott (Beaufort Books)

SILVER: My Tour Through the Asylum: A Southern Integrationist’s Memoir, by William E. Dufford with Aïda Rogers and Salley McInerney (University of South Carolina Press)

BRONZE: Disqualified: Eddie Hart, Munich 1972, and the Voices of the Most Tragic Olympics, by Eddie Hart with Dave Newhouse(Black Squirrel Books)

40. Autobiography/Memoir II (Coming of Age/Family Legacy/Travel)

GOLD: Just One Question: A Road Trip Memoir, by Ty Sassaman (MCP Books)

SILVER: Self-Portrait with Dogwood, by Christopher Merrill (Trinity University Press)

BRONZE (tie): This African-American Life, by Hugh B. Price (John F. Blair Publishing), Mapping My Way Home: Activism, Nostalgia, and the Downfall of Apartheid South Africa, by Stephanie J. Urdang (Monthly Review Press)

41. Autobiography/Memoir III (Personal Struggle/Health Issues)

GOLD (tie): The Chicken Who Saved Us: The Remarkable Story of Andrew and Frightful, by Kristin Jarvis Adams (Behler Publications)

The Vale of Tears, by Rabbi Pinchas Hirschprung (The Azrielli Foundation)

SILVER (tie): A Few Minor Adjustments: A Memoir of Healing, by Cherie Kephart (Bazi Publishing)

Guts: A Memoir, by Janet Buttenwieser (Vine Leaves Press)

BRONZE: To Play Again: A Memoir, by Carol Rosenberger (She Writes Press)

42. Biography

GOLD: Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin (The Early Years, 1926-1966), by Kenneth Womack (Chicago Review Press)

SILVER: Wilde’s Women: How Oscar Wilde was Shaped by the Women He Knew, by Eleanor Fitzsimons (Duckworth Overlook)

BRONZE: The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty: The Extraordinary Rise and Fall of Actor M.B. Curtis, by Richard Schwartz (RSB Books)

43. Aging/Death & Dying

GOLD: Heart Guide: True Stories of Grief and Healing, by Diana J. Ensign, JD (SpiritHawk Life Publications)

SILVER: A Friend Indeed: Help Those You Love When They Grieve, by Amy Florian; with Ken Florian (Corgenius)

BRONZE (tie): While They’re Still Here: A Memoir, by Patricia Williams (She Writes Press)

Holding the Net: Caring for my Mother on the Tightrope of Aging, by Melanie P. Merriman (Green Writers Press)

44. Animals/Pets

GOLD: The Quarry Fox: And Other Critters of the Wild Catskills, by Leslie T. Sharpe (The Overlook Press)

SILVER (tie): The Pet Healer Project: Stories of the Healing Bond Between Humans and Animals, by Sandy Johnson (Top Reads Publishing, Inc.)

Welcome Home: An Animal Rights Perspective on Living with Dogs & Cats, by Nathan & Jennifer Winograd (Almaden Books)

BRONZE: Wild & Furry Animals of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, by Lee James Pantas (R. Brent & Co.)

45. Business/Careers/Sales

GOLD: You Don’t Own Me: How Mattel v. MGA Entertainment Exposed Barbie’s Dark Side, by Orly Lobel (W.W. Norton & Co.)

SILVER: Non Obvious: How to Predict Trends and Win the Future, by Rohit Bhargava (IdeaPress Publishing)

BRONZE (tie): Capitalists ARISE!: End Economic Inequality, Grow the Middle Class, Heal the Nation, by Peter Georgescu with David Dorsey (Berrett-Koehler Publishers)

Seeing Around Corners: How to Unlock the Potential of Big Data, by Graham Hogg (LID Publishing)

46. Cookbooks - General

GOLD: Lee Miller: A Life with Food, Friends & Recipes, by Ami Bouhassane (Grapefrukt Forlag & Penrose Film Productions Ltd)

SILVER: The Elote Cafe Notebook, by Jeff Smedstad; photography by Janise Witt and Jeff Smedstad (Self Published)

BRONZE (tie): Bubbe and Me in the Kitchen: A Kosher Cookbook of Beloved Recipes and Modern Twists, by Miri Rotkovitz; photography by Evi Abeler (Sonoma Press)

Cooking with the Wolfman: Indigenous Fusion, by David Wolfman and Marlene Finn (Douglas & McIntyre)

47. Cookbooks - Nutritional/Vegetarian

GOLD: Earth Eats: Real Food Green Living, by Annie Corrigan with Daniel Orr (Indiana University Press)

SILVER: Healthy Baking: Cakes, Cookies + Raw, by Teresa Cutter; photography by Paul Cutter ACS (The Healthy Chef Pty Ltd)

BRONZE: Canning Full Circle: From Garden to Jar to Table, by Diane Devereaux; photography by Jeff Hage (Devereaux Cyber Inc.)

48. Current Events I (Political/Economic/Foreign Affairs)

GOLD: China’s Great Migration: How the Poor Built a Prosperous Nation, by Bradley M. Gardner (Independent Institute)

SILVER: Reimagining Journalism in a Post-Truth World; How Late-Night Comedians, Internet trolls, and Savvy Reporters are Transforming News, by Ed Madison and Ben DeJarnette (Praeger)

BRONZE (tie): Gangsters to Governors: The New Bosses of Gambling in America, by David Clary (Rutgers University Press)

Broke and Patriotic: Why Poor Americans Love Their Country, by Francesco Duina (Stanford University Press)

49. Current Events II (Social Issues/Humanitarian)

GOLD: Meeting in the Margins: An Invitation to Encounter Society’s Invisible People, by Cynthia Trenshaw (She Writes Press)

SILVER (tie): Witnesses of the Unseen: Seven Years in Guantanamo, by Lakhdar Boumediene and Mustafa Ait Idir (Redwood Press)

Ten Cultures, Twenty Lives: Refugee Life Stories, by Daina Jurika-Owen (Amaya Books)

BRONZE: Hidden in Plain Sight: America’s Slaves of the New Millennium, by Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco, PhD (Praeger)

50. Education I (Workbook/Resources)

GOLD: HEART! Fully Forming Your Professional Life as a Teacher and Leader, by Timothy D. Kanold (Solution Tree Press)

SILVER: The New Art and Science of Teaching, by Robert J. Marzano (Solution Tree Press)

BRONZE: Research-Based Strategies: Narrowing the Achievement Gap for Under-Resourced Students, by Ruby K.Payne, PhD, and Bethanie H. Tucker, Ed.D (Aha! Process, Inc.)

51. Education II (Commentary/Theory)

GOLD: What I Didn’t Know: True Stories of Becoming a Teacher, edited by Lee Gutkind (In Fact Books)

SILVER (tie): Robot-Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, by Joseph E. Aoun (MIT Press)

The Conscious Classroom: The Inner Strength System™ for Transforming the Teenage Mind, by Amy Edelstein (Emergence Education Press)

BRONZE: Mr Clark’s Big Band: A Year of Laughter, Tears, and Jazz in a Middle School Band Room, by Meredith O’Brien (Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing)

52. Environment/Ecology/Nature

GOLD: EAT the Beetles!: An Exploration into our Conflicted Relationship with Insects, by David Waltner-Toews (ECW Press)

SILVER: Yellowstone Migrations, by Joe Riis (Braided River)

BRONZE: Sage Grouse: Icon of the West, by Noppadol Paothong (Laguna Wilderness Press)

53. Finance/Investment/Economics

GOLD: Wealth by Virtue, by Chad Gordon (GreenStar Press)

SILVER: The Financial Diaries: How American Families Cope in a World of Uncertainty,
by Jonathan Morduch & Rachel Schneider (Princeton University Press)

BRONZE: Financial Nutrition for Young Women: How (and Why) to Teach Girls about Money, by Melissa Donohue, Ed.D. (Praeger)

54. LGBT+ Non-Fiction

GOLD: ¡Cuéntamelo!: Oral Histories by LGBT Latino Immigrants, by Juliana Delgado Lopera (Aunt Lute Books)

SILVER: The Inheritance of Shame: A Memoir, by Peter Gajdics (Brown Paper Press)

BRONZE: The Authenticity Experiment: Lessons From the Best & Worst Year of my Life,
by Kate Carroll de Gutes (Two Sylvias Press)

55. Gift/Specialty/Journal

GOLD: The Historical Heroines Coloring Book: Pioneering Women in Science from the 18th and 19th Centuries, by Elizabeth Lorayne; Illustrated by Kendra Shedenhelm (White Wave Press)

SILVER: I Will Always Love You, by Melissa Lyons; Illustrated by Mary Cindrich (Choose to Choose Inc.)

BRONZE: Losing My Reflection: A Coloring Book Journal to Record Your Personal Grief Experience, by Kim Owen Mazur (Beaver’s Pond Press)

56. Holiday

GOLD: The Santa Thief, by Alane Adams; Illustrated by Lauren Gallegos (SparkPress)

SILVER: Fog Valley Winter: Pioneer Heritage, Backroad Rambles, & Vintage Recipes, by Frances Rivetti (Fog Valley Press)

BRONZE: Chanukah Tales from Oykvetchnik, by Scott Hilton Davis; Illustrations by Amy F. Levine (Jewish Storyteller Press)

57. Health/Medicine/Nutrition

GOLD: The Secret Life of Your Microbiome: Why Nature and Biodiversity are Essential to Health and Happiness, by Susan L. Prescott, MD, PhD and Alan C. Logan, ND (New Society Publishers)

SILVER: Back to Balance: The Art, Science, and Business of Medicine, by Dr. Halee Fischer-Wright (Disruption Books)

BRONZE: Food Truths From Farm to Table: 25 Surprising Ways to Shop & Eat Without Guilt, by Michele Payn (Praeger)

58. History (U.S.)

GOLD: Suffragents: How Women Used Men to Get the Vote, by Brooke Kroeger (SUNY Press)

SILVER: Music at the White House from the 18th to the 21st Centuries, by Elise K. Kirk (The White House Historical Association)

BRONZE (tie): Lynched: The Power of Memory in a Culture of Terror, by Angela D. Sims (Baylor University Press)

Forgotten Under a Tropical Sun: War Stories by American Veterans in the Philippines, 1898-1913, by Joseph P. McCallus (Kent State University Press)

59. History (World)

GOLD: World War II and the Caribbean, edited by Karen E. Eccles and Debbie McCollin (University of the West Indies Press)

SILVER: The Blue Shirts: Adrien Arcand and Fascist Anti-Semitism in Canada, by Hugues Théorêt (University of Ottawa Press)

BRONZE (tie): The Truth of the Russian Revolution: The Memoirs of he Tsar’s Chief of Security and his Wife, by Konstantin Ivanovich Globachev and Sofia Nikolaevna Globacheva (SUNY Press)

The World Turns to War, by Jay Wertz (Monroe Publications)

60. Home & Garden

GOLD: The Holistic Home: Feng Shui for Mind, Body, Spirit, Space, by Laura Benko (Helios Press)

SILVER: Boathouses of Lake Minnetonka, photographed by Karen Melvin and written by Melinda Nelson (Big Picture Press)

BRONZE: Garden Wisdom: 365 Days, by Cheryl Wilfong (Heart Path Press)

61. How-To (Crafts/Hobby/Industrial Arts)

GOLD: Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts, & Conversations, by Rebecca Crowell & Jerry McLaughlin (Squeegee Press)

SILVER: Dollface Vintage: An Everyday Gal’s Guide to a Vintage Lifestyle, by Cherry Dollface (Working Class Publishing)

BRONZE: The Crochet Wildlife Guide: Amigurumi Techniques, Tips, and Patterns, by Phillip Ha and Jeff Wiehler (Self-Published)

62. Inspirational/Spiritual

GOLD: To Be Soul Do Soul: Adventures in Creative Consciousness, by Hiro Boga (Deva Publishing)

SILVER: Garden in the East: The Spiritual Life of the Body, by Angela Doll Carlson (Ancient Faith Publishing)

BRONZE: Walking With Dogs: A Spiritual Journey, by Marti Healy; illustrated by Mimi Durand Caroe (The Design Group Press)

63. New Age/Mind-Body-Spirit

GOLD: Embracing the End of Life: A Journey Into Dying & Awakening, by Patt Lind-Kyle, MA (Llewellyn Publications)

SILVER: The Year of Drinking Magic: Twelve Ceremonies With the Vine of Souls, by Guy Crittenden (Apocryphile Press)

BRONZE: Change the Story of Your Health: Using Shamanic and Jungian Techniques for Healing, by Carl Greer, PhD, PsyD (Findhorn Press)

64. Parenting

GOLD: 18 Master Values: Be the Parent You Wish You’d Had, by Christine Crockett Smith (Kekuatan Satu Publishing)

SILVER: Born to Eat: Whole, Healthy Foods from Baby’s First Bite, by Leslie Schilling, MA, RDN & Wendy Jo Peterson, MS, RDN (Skyhorse Publishing)

BRONZE: Stepparenting the Grieving Child: Cultivating Past and Present Connections with Children Who Have Lost a Parent, by Diane Ingram Fromme (Merry Dissonance Press)

65. Popular Culture

GOLD: Marvel’s Black Panther: The Illustrated History of a King: The Complete Comics Chronology, by Dennis Culver (Insight Editions)

SILVER: Playboy Laughs: The Comedy, Comedians, and Cartoons of Playboy, by Patty Farmer (Beaufort Books)

BRONZE: Seeing, Selling, and Situating Radio in Canada, 1922-1956, by Michael Windover and Anne F. MacLennan (Dalhousie Architectural Press)

66. Psychology/Mental Health

GOLD: Uniquely Normal: Tapping the Reservoir of Normalcy to Treat Autism, by Robert J. Bernstein with Robin Cantor-Cooke (Future Horizons)

SILVER: Baffled by Love: Stories of the Lasting Impact of Childhood Trauma Inflicted by Loved Ones, by Laurie Kahn (She Writes Press)

BRONZE: A to Z Healing Toolbox: A Practical Guide for Navigating Grief and Trauma with Intention, by Susan Hannifin-MacNab (Wise Ink Creative Publishing)

67. Sports/Fitness/Recreation

GOLD: Legendary Lumber: The Top 100 Player Bats in Baseball History, by Joe Orlando with Tom Zappala and Ellen Zappala ( Peter E. Randall Publisher)

SILVER: Rockne & Jones: Notre Dame, USC, and the Greatest Rivalry of the Roaring Twenties, by Thomas Rupp (Kent State University Press)

BRONZE: Downhills Don’t Come Free: One Man’s Bike Ride From Alaska to Mexico, by Jerry Holl (Wise Ink Creative Publishing)

68. Reference

GOLD: The Encyclopedia of Trade Goods: Vol 6 - Provisions of the Fur Trade, by James A. Hanson (Museum of the Fur Trade)

SILVER: American Academy of Pediatrics Quick Reference Guide to Pediatric Care, by Deepak M. Kamat, MD, PhD, FAAP (American Academy of Pediatrics)

BRONZE: The American Middle Class: An Economic Encyclopedia of Progress and Poverty, edited by Robert S. Rycroft (Greenwood)

69. Religion (Eastern/Western)

GOLD (tie): The Last Christians: Stories of Persecution, Flight, and Resilience in the Middle East, by Andreas Knapp (Plough Publishing House)

Religious Agrarianism and the Return of Place: From Values to Practice in Sustainable Agriculture, by Todd LeVasseur (SUNY Press)

SILVER: Truth and Illusion: The Politics of Spirituality and How One Person's Lie Is Another One's Truth, by Carol E. Richardson (Highest Harmony Healing & Coaching)

BRONZE: Who Cut God's Hair, by Garrett Glass (Self-Published)

70. Science

GOLD: UFOs, Chemtrails, and Aliens: What Science Says, by Donald R. Prothero and Timothy D. Callahan (Indiana University Press)

SILVER: Rising Tides: Climate Refugees in the Twenty-First Century, by John R. Wennersten and Denise Robbins (Indiana University Press)

BRONZE: North Dakota’s Geologic Legacy, by John P. Bluemle (North Dakota State University Press)

71. Self Help

GOLD: Living Happy to Be Me!: Dancing Your Soul Lightstyle, by Valerie René Sheppard (The Heart of Living Vibrantly)

SILVER: Swing for the Fences: Show Up. Dig In. Suck Less, by Gregory Bancroft (Wise Ink Creative Publishing)

BRONZE: Mind To Mouth: A Busy Chick’s Guide to Mindful Mealtime Moments, by Heather Sears (Kensho Press)

72. Sexuality/Relationships

GOLD: Watching Porn: And Other Confessions of an Adult Entertainment Journalist, by Lynsey G. (the Overlook Press)

SILVER: Vegan Love: Dating and Partnering for the Cruelty-Free Gal, with Fashion, Makeup & Wedding Tips, by Maya Gottfried; illustrated by Dame Darcy (Skyhorse Publishing)

BRONZE: Evolution of Loving, by Carl Studna (Motivational Press)

73. Transportation (Auto/Aviation/Railroad, etc.)

GOLD: Red 4WD Tractors 1957-2017: High-Horsepower Four-Wheel-Drive Tractors from International Harvester, Steiger, J.I. Case & Case IH, by Lee Klancher (Octane Press)

SILVER: Book of Gow, by Mr. Bones, Ken Schmidt and Jon Suckling (Rolling Bones Hot Rod Shop)

BRONZE: Big History in Flight: From Drifting and Soaring to Flying and Deep Space Exploration, by Wendy Curtis and Evan Penn Serio (GeoBook Studio)

74. Travel – Essay

GOLD: The World’s Most Travelled Man: A Twenty-Three-Year Odyssey to and Through Every Country on the Planet, by Mike Spencer Bown (Douglas & McIntyre)

SILVER: Beyond Mile Zero: The Vanishing Alaska Highway Lodge Community, by Lily Gontard; photography by Mark Kelly (Lost Moose)

BRONZE: Four Seasons in a Day: Travel, Transitions, and Letting Go of the Place We Call Home, by Deborah L. Jacobs (DJWorking Unlimited Inc.)

75. Travel – Guidebook

GOLD: Hiking Acadia National Park: A Guide to the Park’s Greatest Hiking Adventures, by Dolores Kong and Dan Ring (FalconGuides)

SILVER: Base Camp Las Vegas: 101 Hikes in the Southwest, by Deborah Wall (Imbrifex Books)

BRONZE: Secret New Orleans, by Chris Champagne (Jonglez Publishing)

76. Women's Issues

GOLD: Before All Memory is Lost: Women’s Voices from the Holocaust, edited by Myrna Goldenberg (The Azrieli Foundation)

SILVER: Gilded Suffragists: The New York Socialites who Fought for Women’s Right to Vote, by Johanna Neuman (Washington Mews Books/NYU Press)

BRONZE (tie): Why They Stay: Sex Scandals, Deals, and Hidden Agendas of Nine Political Wives, by Anne Michaud (Ogunquit-NY Press),

#Me Too: Essays About How and Why This Happened, What it Means, and How to Make Sure it Never Happens Again, edited by Lori Perkins (Riverdale Avenue Books)

77. Writing/Publishing

GOLD: Write Like a Pro: Ten Techniques for Getting Your Point Across at Work (and in Life), by Carl Hausman (Praeger)

SILVER: How to Create a Successful Children’s Picture Book, by Bobbie Hinman (Best Fairy Books)

BRONZE: Writing as a Path to Awakening: A Year to Becoming an Excellent Writer & Living an Awakened Life, by Albert Flynn DeSilver (Sounds True)

78. Book/Author/Publisher Website

GOLD: www.Robot-Proof.com

SILVER: www.PonyDreams.com

BRONZE: www.FortyGavels.com

79. Cover Design – Fiction

GOLD: Jasper Wild: Book Three in the Dyed in the Green Series, by George Mercer; cover design by Dan Stiles (Write Nature)

SILVER: The Atheist and the Parrotfish, by Richard Barager; cover design by D. Robert Pease (Evolved Publishing)

BRONZE: Wild, Wild Voices: Everyday Rhymes for the Untamed Minds, by Amy Lou Miller; Illustrations by Melinda Moen; Cover design by Sally Frances Lee (Second Swan Press)

80. Cover Design – Non-Fiction

GOLD: Derby Girl: A Memoir, by Sammi Jones; cover design by Jamie Hohnadel Trosen (North Dakota State University Press)

SILVER (tie): Things that Join the Sea and the Sky: Field Notes on Living, by Mark Nepo (Sounds True)

It’s Nice to Meet Me Too: The Laughter and Lessons Learned from Raising Randy, a Young Man with Tuberous Sclerosis, by Cynthia Rust (Beaver’s Pond Press)

BRONZE: Can Everybody Swim? A Survival Story from Katrina’s Superdome, by Bruce S. Snow (EtAlia Press)

81. Cover Design - Non-Fiction Oversize

GOLD: Perfectly Aged: 40 Years of Stories from the Taste of Texas, designed by Limb Design - Elise DeSilva, Linda Limb, Kara Forage, Guillermo Cubillos; photography & styling by Debora Smail (Taste of Texas)

SILVER: Kanban: Traditional Shop Signs of Japan, by Alan Scott Pate; design by Jeff Wincapaw; principal photography by Steve Oliver and iocolor, Seattle (Mingei International Museum / Princeton University Press)

BRONZE: Spring is Here, by Nancy Jo Shaw; illustrated by Andrea Larson; design by Laura Drew (Beaver’s Pond Press)

82. Best First Book - Fiction

GOLD (tie): Hollywood Homicide, by Kellye Garrett (Midnight Ink)
Alphonse, by Carl Sever (SparkPress)

SILVER: Clown William, by Robin Elno (IngramElliott Publishing)

BRONZE: In the Shadow of Light, by Tracy Causley (The Amethyst Press)

83. Best First Book - Non-Fiction

GOLD (tie): Armand Merizon: His Life and Art 1920-2010, by Muriel Zandstra with Jan Keessen and Randall VanderMey (ArtBookPrinting)

Marcel’s Letters: A Font and the Search for One Man’s Fate, by Carolyn Porter (Skyhorse Publishing)

SILVER: Go Tell the Crocodiles: Chasing Prosperity in Mozambique, by Rowan Moore Gerety (The New Press)

BRONZE: Kitchen Table Tarot: Pull up a Chair, Shuffle the Cards, and Let’s Talk Tarot, by Melissa Cynova (Llewellyn Publications)