• Becoming Elizabeth Lawrence: Discovered Letters of a Southern Gardener, by Winston-Salem resident Emily Wilson, in the women’s issues category
• I Love You—Now Hush, by Melinda Rainey Thompson and Morgan Murphy, in the humor category
• Banktown: The Rise and Struggles of Charlotte’s Big Banks, by Rick Rothacker, in the business and economics category
• Rising from Katrina: How My Mississippi Hometown Lost It All and Found What Mattered, by Kathleen Koch, in the regional category
• So You Think You Know Gettysburg? The Stories behind the Monuments and the Men Who Fought One of America's Most Epic Battles, by James and Suzanne Gindlesperger, in the travel guide category
ForeWord Reviews’ Book of the Year Awards program was established to help publishers shine an additional spotlight on their best titles and bring increased attention to librarians and booksellers of the literary and graphic achievements of independent publishers and their authors. Award winners are chosen from real librarians and booksellers, who are on the front lines everyday working with patrons and customers.
The finalists were selected from 1400 entries in 56 categories; winners will be announced in June. These books are examples of independent publishing at its finest.
John F. Blair, Publisher, has been publishing books on the southeastern United States since 1954. Based in Winston-Sa¬lem, N.C., this independent, family-owned company special¬izes in history, travel, folklore, biography, and fiction. Learn more at www.blairpub.com.
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John F. Blair, Publisher, is an independent, family-owned company that publishes book on the southeastern United States and is based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Learn more at www.blairpub.com.