Very pleased to note that 'The Meaning Of Children' was a finalist and honourable mention for the 2012 Eric Hoffer Book Awards in the General Fiction category!
Here is what the judges said about 'The Meaning Of Children':
'Akerman's thoughtful short story collection is elegantly written and offers subtle insights as they are interpreted and experienced through children. In "The Mysteries," a young girl's brief encounter with a stranger forces her to question the very nature of truth. "Broken" examines the intricacies of gender in terms of loyalty and identification. Akerman tackles more adult matters just as deftly–the inner turmoil stirred during a reluctant abortion, the personal anguish of questionable paternity, the devastation of losing a child—each story is nuanced and compelling, leaving its imprint long after the last page is turned.'
About the Eric Hoffer Awards for Independent Books:
"Each year, independent publishers (academic, independent, small press, and self-published authors) release extraordinary books to little or no recognition. The Eric Hoffer Award for independent books recognizes excellence in publishing with a $2,000 grand prize and various category honors and press type distinctions, as well as the winners of the Montaigne Medal, da Vinci Eye, and First Horizon Award. The book awards are covered in the US Review of Books. After the contest, books are donated to libraries, schools, and hospitals where appropriate."
Here are the award winners in the category:
Winner: Blood Clay, Valerie Nieman, Press 53
* Green Gospel, L.C. Fiore, Livingston Press (University of Alabama)
* Crooked Creek, Maximilian Werner, Torrey House Press
* The Meaning of Children, Beverly Akerman, Exile Editions
* Alabaster Houses, Lara McLaughlin, Wye Knot Books
* Letters in Cardboard Boxes, Abbey Slovin, Abbey Slovin
To find out about the winners and placers in other categories, please consult http://www.hofferaward.com/HAbookwinners.html.
* Too Shy For Show-and-Tell, Beth Bracken, illustrated by Jennifer Bell, Picture Window Books
Congratulations to all the recognized
authors, books, and publishers!