DETROIT, MI, May 30, 2013 - Border Crossings: Coming of Age in the Czech Resistance by Charles Novacek was awarded the Bronze Medal for “Best in History (World)” book in the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards aka “The IPPYs.”
Accepting the award in New York City on May 29, 2013, was Novacek’s widow Sandra Novacek, on the eve of the annual BookExpo America publishing convention in Manhattan.
“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 instincts 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, former U.S. Secretary of State
The book was chosen from a total of 5,300 entries. The 382 medalists represented 44 states plus the District of Columbia, five Canadian provinces and eight countries from as far away as New Zealand. .
Conducted each year to honor the best independently published books, the IPPY Awards recognize excellence in a broad range of subjects and reward authors and publishers who “take chances and break new ground.”
Independent publishers, along with independent booksellers, have long held an important role in the world of books, offering an alternative to “the big five” conglomerated media publishers. Thanks to small presses, university presses, and self-publishing services that give experimental and entrepreneurial authors a platform, the IPPY universe is rapidly expanding, and that gives adventurous readers a variety of new choices.
Launched in 1996, the “IPPY” awards – presented by the online publication Independent Publisher – are designed to bring increased recognition to the deserving but often unsung titles published by independent authors and publishers. Gold, silver and bronze medallions are awarded to the best fiction and best non-fiction books in 77 national, 22 regional, and 10 e-book categories.