Two Benjamin Franklin Medal Winners That Belong on Your Bookshelf
Light Messages is excited to announce that two titles received medals during the 2020 Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) Benjamin Franklin Awards.
During this week's "The Shelter-in-Place" IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards ceremony, Light Messages brought home one gold and one silver medal among approximately 1,800 nominees in nearly 50 categories.
USA TODAY bestselling author Amalie Jahn won gold for her contemporary YA novel, The Next to Last Mistake. Shannon Hitchcock, author of The Ballad of Jessie Pearl, Ruby Lee & Me, and One True Way, praised this book for its "heartwarming story about the power of female friendships." Ann Rose, author of Road to Eugenica and Breakout, says, “Amalie Jahn will break your heart and heal it again with her book, The Next to Last Mistake.” Amalie previously was awarded the Literary Classics Seal of Approval and the Readers' Favorite Gold Medal for her debut novel, The Clay Lion.
Our silver award-winning book this year, Lethal Savage, belongs to USA TODAY bestselling author Dave Edlund's Peter Savage Novels. The Peter Savage series has been praised by industry-leading authors, including James Rollins, Jon Land, and K.J. Howe. New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Steve Berry lauded the Peter Savage series as "required reading for any thriller aficionado," and USA TODAY bestselling author of the Caitlin Strong series, Jon Land, said, "Edlund is right at home with his bestselling brethren, Brad Thor and Brad Taylor."
We invite you to take a closer look at these titles.
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Durham, NC—Of Green Stuff Woven, published by Bishop Cathleen Bascom in March, receives recognition for roots in spirituality and nature.
"Of Green Stuff Woven is a remarkable love story. Not a romance, but a narrative that roots itself within Cathleen Bascom’s spirituality and love of the prairie as well as her love of the Episcopal Church." – The Living Church
Cathleen, recently ordained as the first female bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas, recently published her debut novel with Light Messages Publishing. Now that the novel is on the shelves, Of Green Stuff Woven has been endorsed by The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry—presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, The Living Church, Foreword Reviews, and several Christian authors and environmental activists.
"This new novel by ‘writing bishop’ Cathleen Bascom is a book you won’t want to put down! ... And for the sake of us all, it’s a book with a message that we can’t put down." –The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church
Told by Brigid Brenchley—kind and quirky cathedral dean—Of Green Stuff Woven depicts a group of native gardeners who are restoring tallgrass prairie on land connected to their historic Episcopal cathedral in Des Moines, Iowa. They are approached by hotel developers and are caught between their passion for the prairie and their need for money to repair their crumbling cathedral.
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