Announcing Nightengale Press Author, Chuck McCann is a Finalist in ForeWord Magazine’s Prestigious Book of the Year Awards

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SHORT, SHORTER AND SHORTER STORIES for People Who Have to Wait by Nightengale Press author Chuck McCann may win gold at BookExpo America 2006 in Washington D.C. May 18 - 21, 2006. Everyone who has ever sat in a doctor's office, waited for a train, stood in a long line, traveled by plane, train or automobile could read this book again and again

SHORT, SHORTER AND SHORTER STORIES for People Who Have to Wait by Nightengale Press author Chuck McCann may win gold at BookExpo America 2006 in Washington D.C. May 18 - 21, 2006. Everyone who has ever sat in a doctor's office, waited for a train, stood in a long line, traveled by plane, train or automobile could read this book again and again

“We’re very excited for Chuck, and hope he wins one of the top awards at the ceremony. His wit and wisdom shine in the humorous, poignant and insight-filled stories he writes,” says Nightengale Press publisher, Valerie Connelly. “He has honed his craft with energy and skill, and he reveals to his readers the humanity of his characters through their personal vulnerabilities. Everyone who has ever sat in a doctor's office, waited for a train, stood in a long line, traveled by plane, train or authomobile could read this book again and again.”

The author explains his work best. “'Short, shorter and Shorter Stories,' shows us how the crime of the moment is an opportunity,” Chuck says. “What makes a criminal fail? Here is a collection of these failures, each one revealing something no one thought would ensnare the culprit.”

On another topic in the book, war, Chuck explains it like this: “War is horrible, because more often than not the unexpected occurs. Yet war is exactly that, an unexpected encounter pitting one against another. Do we see a lost skirmish as chance or predestined or the sacrifice to maintain our way of life? Every one of us champions a cause, a team or a way of life. Some of us stand up and holler, while others stand behind the radical, supporting him with funds or just a presence. Vocal or not we have opinions. However, there is no neutrality here. And which of us has not pondered the possible change if we had done something differently? Perhaps, in these stories, we can see ourselves in someone else’s dream world, maybe even wanting to change our own reality, too.”

As a BOTYA finalist, Chuck McCann is in good company in his category: SHORT STORIES. He will be attending the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards Program hosted in conjunction with Book Expo America. Bronze, Silver, and Gold medalists will be announced at a special program at BookExpo America at the Washington Convention Center in Washington DC Friday, May 19th, 2006 from 3 - 4:30 PM in room 147A. The program will also feature presentations from keynote speakers and refreshments. Everyone is welcome.

Over the years ForeWord has been acknowledging and recognizing excellence in publishing from independent presses. This year, the seventh annual, was no exception. From 1,540 book submissions to be considered for the 2005 Book of the Year Awards, an editorial team of judges narrowed the field to 604 finalists in 55 categories. Winners for Gold, Silver and Bronze will be determined by our readership of booksellers and librarians. ForeWord’s BOTYA program was designed specifically for them to share in the process of discovering distinctive books across a number of genres with judgments based on their own authority in each category and on their patron/customer interests.

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.

Listen to Chuck LIVE on Calling All Authors, April 11, 2006 at 7pm by going to http://www.globaltalkradio.com/shows/callingallauthors
or simply visit the archives and hear his previous interview by clicking on February 7, 2006 link to the show.

Visit Chuck’s book SHORT, SHORTER AND SHORTER STORIES For People Who Have to Wait (ISBN 1-933449-01-2, $18.95) at http://www.chuckmccann.npauthors.com or go to the bookstore on the Nightengale Press website at http://www.nightengalepress.com

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