The Sword and The Broom by Linda Salisbury wins silver in Indies Book Awards
FAPA member Linda Salisbury has been awarded silver in young adult nonfiction in the Indies Book Awards for ?The Sword and the Broom: The Exceptional Career and Accomplishments of John Mercer Langston,? published by Tabby House.
?This is a tremendous honor,? said Salisbury. ?Langston?s story is an inspiration and my book is a retelling of his 1894 autobiography ?From the Virginia Plantation to the National Capital? for modern audiences. Langston was born to a white plantation owner and his freed, mostly Native-American slave, in Louisa County in 1829, was orphaned at age four, and during his incredible life and career eventually became Virginia?s first African-American Congressman in 1888. He battled for the Constitutional rights for all. I hope this honor will help spread the word about this incredible man.?
The awards were made by Foreword Reviews, a media company focusing on independently published books in 2016. More than 2,000 books were entered in 66 categories, and after Foreword?s editors picked the finalists, 150 librarians and booksellers acted as judges to pick the winners. The winners were announced on June 24 at the American Librarian Association?s meeting in Chicago.
Michele Lonoconus, INDIES awards director said, ?The judges? feedback and ratings brought us our winners, which represent the best books from indie publishing, and those of particular interest to the very people who recommend books to patrons and consumers. Being an INDIES winner is no small feat?particularly this year when there was a record number of entries.?
?Awarding the INDIES is always the highlight of our year when we get to honor talented authors and great books that are ordinarily overlooked by mainstream publications,? said Howard Lovy, Foreword Reviews? executive editor. ?While they don?t have major PR machine or corporate budgets, these indie publishers are passionate about what they do, take chances, and produce a wide range of thought-provoking books.?
Salisbury has written 18 books, mostly for children and many have Florida connections. Many have also received national awards, including a Gold President?s Award from the Florida Publishers Association.
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