Braided River Earns Two Independent Publisher Book Awards

"Where Water is Gold"and "Owl" recognized among the year's best independently published books.
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April 24, 2017

Braided River, the conservation imprint of Mountaineers Books, has just been honored with two Independent Publisher Book Awards gold medals for 2016. 

The Independent Publisher Book Awards, known as the “IPPY Awards,” honor the year's best independently published books. 

More than 5,000 entries came in from most U.S. states, seven Canadian provinces, and 15 countries overseas. We entered two books and won top honors for both.

"Both of these books offer thoughtful, evocative portraits of wild creatures and wild places," said Helen Cherullo, who serves as executive director of Braided River and publisher for Mountaineers Books.  

Jim Barnes, director of the Awards, says, “Independent publishing is all about passion, for the topics, the causes, and for sharing great writing and publishing with a world of readers.”

 "Independent" means as  any publisher outside the largest five media conglomerates. This includes university presses, poetry presses, outdoor-focused publishers like Mountaineers Books, and many other special focus publishers. 

Braided River books previously honored with Independent Publisher Book Awards are To The ArcticSalmon in the TreesPlanet IceThe Last Polar Bear, and Yellowstone to Yukon: Freedom to Roam.


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