Winner & Finalist of 14 Book Awards for Excellence


Border Crossings is the well-told and dramatic story of a young man whose comfortable life is abruptly transformed by the savagery of World War II. Forced to rely on primal 9780985415105-JacketGray_novacek.inddinstincts and his familiarity with the rugged highlands of Moravia, Charles Novacek casts his lot first with the anti-Hitler Underground and then with the resistance to the Nazis’ Communist successors. ‘My recollections pain me,’ he writes, ‘still, they have made me who I am.’ Novacek’s experience as a Hungarian-speaking Czecho-Slovak patriot demonstrates the folly of petty nationalism and the resilience of human decency and love.”

                                                      ― Madeleine Albright

“Exceptionally well written from beginning to end, Border charlesnovacekphoto72Crossings: Coming of Age in the Czech Resistance reads like a best-seller novel but is a true life memoir of a remarkable man who lived in horrific times and came through them to create a successful life despite what he had to overcome — or perhaps because of it! Border Crossings is an extraordinary and highly recommended read. Simply stated, a copy deserves to be in every community library 20th Century Biography collection for the sake of new and future generations of readers.”

                                                      ― Midwest Book Review


Midwest Book Awards
Gold Medal
21st Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards
1st Place – Life Stories
National Indie Excellence Awards
1st Place -  History
Reader Views 2012 Literary Awards
2nd Place – History
Independent Publisher (IPPY) Book Awards
Bronze Medal – World History
2013 Eric Hoffer Awards
Honorable Mention -  Memoir
Foreword Reviews 2012 Book of the Year Awards
Honorable Mention – Autobiography/Memoir


3/8 – The Next Chapter Bookstore & Bistro 
Meet Sandra Novacek & Book-Signing
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Northville, MI
3/11-15 – PLA 2014 Conference
See Border Crossings in the Combined Book Exhibit booth in the conference exhibits,  Indianapolis, IN
3/28-29 – Michigan in Perspective: The Local History Conference -  1021 Press will exhibit and sell books,  Best Western Inn, 34911 Van Dyke,  Sterling Heights, MI
4/5 – The Bill Hammond Show
KCMO Radio, 4:00 p.m. CST, 103.7 FM, 710 AM
4/23 – World Book Night in Detroit
Details TBA
5/9 – Cromaine District Library
Breakfast Book Talk & Art Show Opening Reception,
Details TBA, Hartland, MI
7/21Warren Public Library
Book Presentation/Signing, Details TBA, Warren, MI
8/13 – Huntington Woods Public Library
Book Presentation/Signing, Details TBA, Huntington Woods, MI

READ AN EXCERPT from Border Crossings: Coming of Age in the Czech Resistance by Charles Novacek