A Day in Eternity by Kathryn Gabriel Loving was recently named by the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group as one of the best indie books of 2017.
Loving’s novel is a finalist of the Inspirational Fiction category in the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (NGIBA), the world’s largest non-profit book awards program for independent publishers and self-published authors. The awards were presented on May 31 in a ceremony at the Harvard Club in New York City.
A Day in Eternity is partially based on the historical life, letters, and poetry of World War II Spitfire fighter pilot, John Gillespie Magee, Jr.. Magee wrote the famous sonnet, “High Flight,” which became an anthem for deceased pilots for more than seventy-five years. In the novel, Magee rescues British crop duster Anson Roe, who is suffering from amnesia and sunstroke during a heatwave in 1981 Oklahoma. During their conversations and adventures, Roe regains his memory and makes a shocking discovery that leads to a life-or-death decision.
Loving’s first novel, The Logos of Soul, was also named a finalist in the contest in 2012, Religious History category. She has also published a number of non-fiction books since 1991 (primarily under Kathryn Gabriel), including her trilogy on Chaco Canyon: Roads to Center Place, Marietta Wetherill: Life with the Navajos of Chaco Canyon, and Gambler Way. Marietta Wetherill is still in print with The University of New Mexico Press.
The Next Generation awards are judged by leaders of the indie book publishing industry, including many with long careers at major publishing houses. Their love of a great read and experience in the publishing arena identify books deserving a wider audience, according to Catherine Goulet, Co-Chair of the 2017 awards. She added, “Our program has become known as the Sundance of the book publishing world. The indies must work harder to get their best books into the hands of readers.”
In an article at CNN.com titled, “If it’s cool, creative, and different, it’s indie,” journalist Catherine Andrews wrote: “The term ‘indie’ traditionally refers to independent art – music, film, literature or anything that fits under the broad banner of culture – created outside of the mainstream and without corporate financing.”
Independent book publishing companies are independent of the major conglomerates that dominate the book publishing industry. The indies include: small presses, larger independent publishers, university presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors.
“Authors and publishers who compete in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards are serious about promoting their books,” added Goulet. “They aim to stand out from the crowd of millions of books in print.” According to statistics from the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), more than a million books are published worldwide each year.
The aim of the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group that presents the awards is to promote professional standards in independent book publishing (also known as “indie” book publishing), and provide support and recognition for the independent book publishing profession.
Softcover, 5.5×8.5, 280 pages, Print ISBN: 978-0983983828, Digital ISBN: 978-0-9839838-3-5
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