Jenn Bouchard's First Course recognized by NYC Big Book Award®

By: Jenn Bouchard
BOSTON - Nov. 3, 2021 - PRLog -- The NYC Big Book Award has recognized First Course by Jenn Bouchard as a Distinguished Favorite in the category of Contemporary Fiction. This is the fourth honor for the debut novel released from TouchPoint Press in June.

The competition is judged by experts from different aspects of the book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters. Selected award Winners and Distinguished Favorites are based on overall excellence.

Set in coastal Maine, First Course celebrates the central role food plays in our lives. There is food... lots of food. The main character Janie is an incredible cook, and her delicious creations serve as a connection for the Whitman family as they deal with a tragic accident, infidelity, and a host of other issues. Reminiscent of Nora Ephron's classic Heartburn, First Course is about family dynamics, life's second acts, and savoring a delicious antipasto, with plenty of humor and love.

"It's an incredible honor to be recognized by the 2021 NYC Big Book Awards. I am thrilled to be in such good company among many fantastic authors," Bouchard said.

2021 was a record year for books awarded due to the high level of quality and diverse books submitted. Again in 2021, NYC Big Book Award received book submissions worldwide, including submissions from journalists, well-established authors, small and large presses as well as first time indie authors who participated in high numbers. Entries were from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America.  Cities such as Bangalore, Edmonton, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, New York, Seattle, Singapore, Vancouver, were representative among the entries. Winners were recognized globally from Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Lebanon, Queensland and the United States.

Awarded books included The American Bar Association, Greenleaf Book Group, Joggling Board Press, Story Merchant Books, and WildBlue Press. Quality children publishers such as Barefoot Books as well as Mango and Marigold press were awarded. Independent presses such as Brill, Goff Books, Koehler Books, Llewellyn Publications, ORO Editions, Routledge Publishers, Rowman & Littlefield, and She Writes Press took both winner and distinguished favorite awards. AuthorHouse, IngramSpark, KindleDirect, SDP Publishing were among the self-publishing platforms.  Lastly, Hachette Books, MacMillan, Penguin Random House were among the large publishers that entered.

"We are elated to highlight these authors' books, recognize their excellence, and share their achievements." said awards sponsor Gabrielle Olczak.  "We look forward to showcasing these titles to a larger audience."

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