Hub City Press receives four IPPY awards
Hub City Press is a big winner at the 2012 IPPY Awards, hosted annually by Independent Publisher magazine, with four of our books published in 2011 and 2012 taking home medals.
The Patron Saint of Dreams by Philip Gerard was named best essay collection by an independent publisher in North America. Ron Rash’s Waking received a national silver medal for poetry. Our novels The Iguana Tree by Michel Stone won a national bronze medal for literary fiction, and Mercy Creek by Matt Matthews, winner of the 2010 South Carolina First Novel Prize, won a bronze medal for best regional fiction of the Southeast.
All four winning authors live in the Carolinas. Gerard and Stone are currently on book tours across the South in support of their winning titles. Matthews recently completed his tour up the East Coast and is at work on his second book. Rash is on a national book tour for his latest novel “The Cove,” which will bring him to the Spartanburg County Public Library Headquarters at 7 p.m. on May 24.
Over 2,000 independent authors and publishers entered titles in the 16th annual IPPY Awards, which are intended to bring increased recognition to the thousands of exemplary independent titles published each year.
“This is an unprecedented acknowledgement of Hub City’s presence on the national literary scene,” said executive director Betsy Teter. Hub City Press has won six previous IPPYs since 1998 in regional fiction, short story, GLBT nonfiction, and multi-cultural nonfiction.
Gold in Essay/Creative Non-fiction for The Patron Saint of Dreams. Philip Gerard chairs the Department of Creative Writing (BFA and MFA) at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington and is co-editor of the literary journal Chautauqua. He lives in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Bronze in Regional Fiction of the Southeast for Mercy Creek. Matt Matthews serves as pastor at St. Giles Presbyterian Church in Greenville, SC. He is married to Rachel Matthews and they have three sons.
Silver in Poetry for Waking. Ron Rash’s Burning Bright won the 2010 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. He is the author of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner finalist, Serena, and three other prizewinning novels, in addition to his most recent novel The cove. He teaches at Western Carolina University.
Bronze in Literary Fiction for The Iguana Tree. Michel Stone has published more than a dozen stories and essays in journals, magazines, and books. She is a 2011 recipient of the SC Fiction Project Award. Raised on the South Carolina coast, Michel now lives in Spartanburg, S.C.