Announcing Nightengale Press Author, Frank Sobo is a Finalist in ForeWord Magazine’s Prestigious Book of the Year awards

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Crumpet Strumpet, a hilarious collection of 38 short stories that Â?strip-mine and strip-search memoriesÂ? wins national recognition at BookExpo America.

When Frank Sobo first came to Nightengale Press to publish Crumpet Strumpet, he brought with him a lifetime career in advertising as art director for major firms in New York, Boston, London and Chicago. Over the years, he had produced everything from simple print ads to cutting-edge television commercials. The originality of thought that it takes to succeed in that arena supported his writing of fiction in strange and wonderful ways.

Just read the comments from the front of his book to get a sense of his genius:

“Whether it’s as an English toff or a bucket representing beans of every known denomination and persuasion, Frank has a way with words, and midgets. He can make a trip to the zoo alternately terse and run on, provocative and descriptive, all in all a lot more interesting than it ever really was.”

— Todd Possehl, Published Poet

“Oh, Geez. It finally dawned on me what you’re doing here. Brilliant use of voice. Good shit, Frank.”

— Bruce Steinberg Award winning author of The Widow's Son

“Pure magic! Frank has an original way with language. His sideways, off kilter look at everyday occurrences energize his stories.”

— Frank Rutledge

“If I were still alive I’d give him a good read.”

— Thaddeus Kosciuszko

“I’m speechless! What great snapshots—it’s wonderful that you share these snipits with others.”

— Kitty Jarman

“Frank has a way with intense surrealism. He does take us on some wild rides. Great narrative voice and wonderful character studies with sarcastic, flip style.”

— Susan Kraykowski

“Frank, Frank, Frank—will you ever cease to amaze me? No subject is off limits!

— Kim Dechert

“Always readable thought provoking stream of consciousness.”

— Jeremy Paschke

“I have actually felt the greatness of his word choices — I too love to swear when I drive.”

— Denise Dahms

“Good God Frank, your mind goes places that I didn’t know existed.”

— Bonnie Harm-Pechous

Nightengale Press publisher Valerie Connelly puts it this way: “When I first read his manuscript, I was riding on the ‘L’ train heading into Chicago. I kept laughing out loud, truly embarrassing myself as I read. The other passengers must have thought I was nuts! But, I decided right then to publish this wonderful book. We’re looking forward to Frank’s second collection in the near future.”

The pride that comes to the author and the publisher from such fine recognition is invigorating. ForeWord Magazine publishes “Reviews of Good Books Independently Published” in their monthly periodical, focusing on the work of the many talented authors who find a place with independent publishers like Nightengale Press. The Book of the Year Awards draw submissions of over 1500 books, in 50 categories, with 555 finalists chosen for 2004 titles.

Frank Sobo is in good company, in his category: Humor. As a finalist, he will be attending the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards Program hosted in conjunction with Book Expo America, Javitz Convention Center, Room 1E15, 3 - 4:30pm in New York City on June 3, 2005 along with his publisher, Valerie Connelly.

ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Award was established to bring increased attention from librarians and booksellers to the literary achievements of independent publishers and their authors. A jury of librarians, booksellers and reviewers are selected to judge the categories for entry, and they select winners and finalists based on editorial excellence and professional production as well as the originality of the narrative and the value the book adds to its genre.

“We’re very excited for Frank, and hope he wins one of the top awards at the ceremony. As a native New Yorker, Frank is in a way, coming home to attend this event. I know his work rings true with every reader, and I hope he has the joy of being a winner in New York this year,” said Ms. Connelly. Frank Sobo will be signing Crumpet Strumpet at the BEA in the BookSurge Booth #2460 on Sunday, June 5th at 10:00 to 10:30am.

Visit Frank’s book Crumpet Strumpet (ISBN 0-9743348-3-9 $13.95) at Nightengale Press at or see the entire Nightengale Press website at

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