Multicultural Novel Wins Seven National Awards

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The Pale Surface of Things, a Multicultural novel by Janey Bennett, has received seven awards from representatives of the book industry. The novel, set on the Greek island of Crete, tells of a young American who finds himself in a traditional Cretan village in the middle of a family vendetta. A fast-moving adventure, but also a tale of ethics and cultural differences, The Pale Surface of Things has won an unusual number of awards.

Bennett writes with colorful imagery and rich detail

The recent weeks have been extraordinary for author Janey Bennett as she has received seven key book industry awards for her recently published multicultural novel, The Pale Surface of Things (Hopeace Press, ISBN 978-0-9734007-2-4.)

"Bennett writes with colorful imagery and rich detail" of two cultures as they collide and interweave. Her descriptions of life off the tourist-track on the history-rich Greek island of Crete bring a different experience to readers. The book has been hailed by Greek-Americans as a true and respectful representation of life on Crete.

The Pale Surface of Things tells the story of a young American archaeologist on the Greek island of Crete to study Minoan ruins and to marry. He flees his wedding to begin a modern odyssey that will change his life. He lands in a traditional Cretan village, still torn apart by divided loyalties from World War II. The archaeologist becomes the central pawn in a vicious family vendetta.

"Known in the book industry as key awards showing quality and value" to the consumer, the awards Bennett's book received include Grand Prize Silver Medal Winner for Fiction, Next Generation Indie Book Award; Gold Medal Winner, Multicultural Fiction, Next Generation Indie Book Award; Gold Medal Winner, Multicultural Fiction, USA BookNews BEST BOOK Award; Gold Medal Winner, Multicultural Fiction, Indie Excellence Book Award; Silver Medal Winner, Multicultural Fiction and Non-Fiction, Nautilus Book Awards; Honorable Mention, Multicultural Fiction, Beach Book Festival Awards.

The Pale Surface of Things also won the Gold Medal from Publishers West for its use of environmental materials: the book was printed by Friesens Printing on 100 % post-consumer recycled paper using vegetable inks.

The Pale Surface of Things, published by Hopeace Press, retails for $21.95 and is available nationally through local and online bookstores. For additional information on Janey Bennett's The Pale Surface of Things and its multiple national awards, contact Sharon Castlen of Integrated Book Marketing, ibmarket @, or visit

AUTHOR: Described as a multi-talented Renaissance woman, Janey Bennett grew up in San Diego, the daughter of an English professor whose love of literature shaped Janey's early life. She graduated from UCLA and has enjoyed colorful and varied careers, from radio announcer to horse trainer and drama critic. She spent five winters teaching English to Buddhist nuns in Thailand. Her writings on architecture have been published in the United States and Finland, where she held a Fulbright research fellowship. Research for this novel led her into the study of classical Greek, Byzantine icon painting, geology, botany, the vernacular architecture and sociology of Greek villages, Minoan culture and art, the science of archaeology, World War II on Crete, and criminal law in Greece. A cellist, freelance editor, and author, Bennett divides her time between Bellingham, WA and Hornby Island, BC.

Founded by Keith Moen in 2003, Hopeace Press is an independent publisher located in Winnepeg, Manitoba, Canada. The Pale Surface of Things is Hopeace Press's second novel.
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