Dear Ancestors is available now! In her first collection of poetry, CP Patrick reflects on the history and complexities of the African diaspora. Dear Ancestors is a poetic homage to the past and present. Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound, and at independent booksellers nationwide!
My first poetry collection, Dear Ancestors, will address the beauty and complexities of the African diaspora. Stay tuned!
on my full lips
in the bend of my curls
reflecting in the melanin dancing on my skin
within the words i write
your tears are my tears
for our past and present
whenever i breathe
i give thanks to you
— from the forthcoming, Dear Ancestors
Foreword Reviews’ 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards Winners Announced
Today, during the American Library Association’s Annual Conference,Foreword Reviews announced the winners for the 18th annual INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards. For a full list of the winners, searchable by genre, visit:
“Foreword’s INDIEFAB judges are the key to our winners selection process, and, in our minds, the most foolproof way to choose award-winning books,” said Victoria Sutherland, publisher of Foreword Reviews. “We work with a librarian and bookseller in each category to provide us with an insider’s perspective on what would do well on consumer and library shelves. Using industry professionals confirms the trade quality of a book.”
Nearly 2,000 entries by independent publishers, university presses, and self-published authors were entered in 66 categories, but only the very best were named gold, silver, bronze, and honorable mention designees.
Foreword Reviews awarded South of Everything, by Audrey Taylor Gonzalez (She Writes Press) and Cuba: This Moment, Exactly So, by Lorne Resnick and Brian Andreas (Insight Editions) its Editor’s Choice Prizes in fiction and nonfiction respectively.
Berrett-Koehler was named Foreword’s publisher of the year. “Berrett-Koehler has a longtime track record of great books, with a focus on collaboration, community, and communication. They embody what is best about being independent,” says Sutherland.
Foreword’s INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards programwas created to discover distinctive books from the indie publishing community across a number of genres. What sets the awards apart is that final selections are made by working librarians and booksellers based on their experience with patrons and customers.
About Foreword: Foreword Magazine, Inc is a media company featuring a Folio:-award-winning quarterly print magazine, Foreword Reviews, and a website devoted to independently published books. In the magazine, they feature reviews of the best 170 new titles from independent publishers, university presses, and noteworthy self-published authors. Their website features daily updates: reviews along with in-depth coverage and analysis of independent publishing from a team of more than 100 reviewers, journalists, and bloggers. The print magazine is available at most Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million newsstands or by subscription. You can also connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest. They are headquartered in Traverse City, Michigan, USA.
A cruise to the Bahamas? Yes please! Fabulosity at Sea sets sail on June 17, 2016 and I look forward to speaking with attendees! Hello Caribbean!
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2016 Independent Publisher Book Award Winners Announced:
IPPY Awards Celebrate 20th Anniversary and Reflect the Powerful Role of Women in Publishing
(April 13, 2016 – Traverse City, MI) – Independent publishing has always been a voice for deserving causes, and the medal-winning books in this year’s Independent Publisher Book Awards highlight many of today’s pressing issues, including the long struggle for women’s equality. The 20th annual IPPY results, announced last week, are a testament to the weighty contributions women are making in literature today.
The role of women in book publishing has grown steadily over the decades, and this year the woman’s “roar” is heard loudly in the work of many female authors and publishers. From the Children’s Ebook gold medalist, Believe in Yourself, by nine year-old Trisha Rao, to the Canada-West Fiction gold medalist, The Hivernante, by 95 year-old Mary Willan Mason, women of all ages, races and religions received medals.
As gold medalist Peter Freed writes in the preface of Prime: Reflections on Time and Beauty, his photo-essay book featuring portraits and words of 130 women, “Women are born storytellers gathering information and insights the way a bee gathers pollen, totally immersed and coated in their experiences.” The experiences portrayed in the array of award-winning books are both diverse and nuanced, showing the range of these powerful storytellers.
“At our 10th anniversary celebration we honored ‘Ten Outstanding Women of Independent Publishing,’ but for this 20th anniversary we’d have to say ‘100 Women’ or even a 1000,” says Jim Barnes, Awards Director. “As always, our medalists reflect what’s happening out there in our society and our politics.”
The success of one company, She Writes Press, “dedicated to connecting and serving women writers everywhere,” epitomizes the rise in women writers getting their work published. No less than 17 of this year’s medal-winning books came from SWP, all exhibiting first-rate writing, editing, and design – as well as powerful new voices.
And these female voices emerging in literature are truly worth hearing; take author Elena Ferrante, whose masterful The Story of the Lost Child led the all-female medalists in the Literary Fiction category. Ferrante’s uniquely passionate voice is a powerful addition to a genre historically dominated by male authors.
The IPPY Awards were launched in 1996 and are conducted each year to honor the year’s best independently published books, offering an alternative to “the big five” conglomerated media publishers. Thanks to small presses, university presses, and self-publishing services that give experimental and entrepreneurial authors a platform, the IPPY universe is rapidly expanding — and that gives adventurous readers an abundance of new choices.
The medal-winning books will be celebrated on May 10th during the annual BookExpo America publishing convention in Chicago, with gold, silver and bronze IPPY medallions awarded in 80 national, 22 regional, and ten e-book categories. This year’s contest drew nearly 5,000 entries, with winning medalists in 42 U.S. states plus DC, six Canadian provinces, and nine countries overseas.
Congratulations to all the medalists for their independent spirit and dedication to excellence the always-changing world of publishing and bookselling!
See complete results for the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards: http://www.
Regional and E-Book Awards: http://www.
Outstanding Books of the Year: http://www.
For more information about the awards, visit the website here: http://www.
Earlier this year I had the opportunity to work with Beyond Classically Beautiful as part of the ‘Body Noire’ project celebrating the black female physique. Thank you for this wonderful experience!
Via Essence Magazine
More often than not we’re able to see the beauty of others — but not of ourselves. The struggle to find self acceptance, especially when it comes to body image, is real no matter your size, race or age. But thankfully folks like Abi Ishola are making the journey a whole lot easier.
Ishola, writer and editor-in-chief of BeyondClassicallyBeautiful.com, has dedicated much of her professional career to celebrating the beauty and all-around awesomeness of black women. That work has continued in her latest project called “Body Noire,” which features five black women — author CP Patrick, artist Roseline Lawrence, realtor Xiomara Small, yoga instructor Latarria Whitehead, and ballerina Tyde-Courtney Edwards — striking a pose in stunning black-and-portraits that reveal their beautifully unique figures.
Read the entire Essence feature here.