Great news!! ForeWord Reviews has announced the 2010 Book of the Year Awards list of finalists. Representing more than 350 publishers, the finalists were selected from 1400 entries in 56 categories. As ForeWord puts it, “These books are examples of independent publishing at its finest.”
Drum roll please! The Fairest Portion of the Globe is a finalist for the 2010 Book of the Year Awards in the historical fiction category!
The exciting thing about making the short list for ForeWord’s Book of the Year is that award winners are chosen by real librarians and booksellers, who are on the front lines everyday working with patrons and customers. In an industry riddled with trouble and “pay for play” hype, it’s a huge honor to be recognized by a program established just to help independent publishers shine the spotlight on their best titles, and help readers connect with the best in independent literary and graphic achievement.
Haven’t checked it out yet? The Fairest Portion of the Globe is an epic, intricate historical thriller of the kind that first brought us to notice with To the Ends of the Earth: The Last Journey of Lewis & Clark, also a Foreword Book of the Year finalist (as well as the recipient of several other major honors). As regular readers of this site know, the book’s plot concerns two young soldiers in the frontier army—names, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark—who become caught up in America’s first great crisis for survival.
The Fairest Portion of the Globe mingles several historical plots, not the least important of which derives from the actual conspiracy between Citizen Genet, Thomas Jefferson, and the washed-up Revolutionary hero George Rogers Clark. The adventure of the two young friends binds these stories together in a manner which, we hope, offers readers both a good thrill ride and an inspiring message.