Brown Books Titles Win Gold and Silver at 19th Annual Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards

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Two Brown Books titles win INDIES Book of the Year awards. Four releases named Book of the Year finalists.

Brown Books Publishing Company is pleased to announce two of the company’s titles, Wounded Tiger, by T. Martin Bennett, and Vagabonding with Kids, by AK Turner, have been named winners in the 19th annual Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards. Four releases from the Dallas-based publishing house were named INDIES Book of the Year Finalists.

T. Martin Bennett’s Wounded Tiger is the 2016 Foreword INDIES Gold Award Winner, War & Military (Adult Fiction). Based on the compelling true story of Mitsuo Fuchida, the Japanese pilot who led the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in World War II, Wounded Tiger is a well-researched, incredibly thorough fictional historical account of the 1941 attack.

AK Turner’s Vagabonding with Kids is the 2016 Foreword INDIES Silver Award Winner, Humor (Adult Nonfiction). With her signature wit, NY Times bestselling author Turner shares true stories of her typical family foursome, living an atypical life while traversing the globe.

Four Brown Books titles were named 2016 Foreword Book of the Year finalists: AK Turner’s Vagabonding with Kids and Vagabonding with Kids: Australia, both in the Travel (Adult Nonfiction) category; Midlife Happy Hour: Our Reward for Surviving Careers, Kids, and Chaos, by Elaine Ambrose, Humor (Adult Nonfiction); and Blatantly Honest: Normal Teen, Abnormal Life, by Makaila Nichols, Young Adult Nonfiction (Children's).

“Brown Books salutes our four authors honored at the INDIES Book of the Year Awards. We are absolutely delighted for each of them to receive this distinguished recognition,” stated Milli Brown, founder and CEO of Brown Books Publishing Group.

INDIES Award Director Michele Lonoconus commented, “Being an INDIES winner is no small feat–particularly this year when there was a record number of entries. Congratulations to all the winners.”

More than 2,000 entries were submitted to Foreword Reviews in 66 categories, with a panel of over 150 librarians and booksellers judging the winners. The awards recognize the best books published in 2016 from small, indie, and university presses, as well as self-published authors. Winners were announced on June 24, 2017, at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Chicago.

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About Foreword
Founded in 1998, Foreword Reviews is the only independent media company completely devoted to independent publishing. Featuring a Folio:Award-winning bi-monthly print review journal, and online publication, Foreword exclusively covers small, university, and independent (non “Big 5”) publishers, books, and creators. Foreword is based in Traverse City, Michigan.

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