Border Crossings – 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist

Border Crossings – 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist

1021 Press is pleased to announce that Border Crossings: Coming of Age in the Czech Resistance by Charles Novacek was named a Finalist and winner of a Silver Medal in the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards in the Memoirs (Historical/Legacy/Career) category.

Novacek’s book is an account describing the impact of World War II and the Cold War on a Czechoslovakian boy, Karel (Charles) Novacek. He actively participated with his family in the Czech Resistance against the Nazis and the Communists from the age of 11 to 20.

After escaping his homeland in 1948, Novacek fled to Germany, then Venezuela and finally immigrated with his wife and children to the United States in 1956, where he became an American citizen and established a successful civil engineering career in Detroit, Michigan.

The Next Generation Indie Book Awards is a non-profit awards program judged by leaders in the indie book publishing industry to identify indie books that deserve to reach a wider audience. “We like to think of our awards program as the ‘Sundance’ of the book publishing world,” says Catherine Goulet , Chair of the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards program.

In an article at titled “If it’s cool, creative, and different, it’s indie,” journalist Catherine Andrews wrote: “The term ‘indie’ traditionally refers to independent art — music, film, literature or anything that fits under the broad banner of culture — created outside of the mainstream and without corporate financing.”

Independent book publishing companies are independent of the major conglomerates that dominate the book publishing industry. The indies include small presses, larger independent publishers, university presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors.

According to Goulet, “Like other independent artists, many indie book publishers face challenges that the industry giants don’t experience. They typically have to work much harder to get their best books into the hands of readers.”

“Authors and publishers who compete in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards are serious about promoting their books,” adds Goulet. “They aim to stand out from the crowd of millions of books in print.”

To see the official winners and finalists of 2013, go to: Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2013.

Border Crossings was published in October 2012 by 1021 Press in Detroit, Michigan. It is available in hardcover, paperback, and digital formats for Kindle, Nook, iTunes and Kobo. It may be purchased online at: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound and the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (also in museum gift shop); at Detroit area booksellers: Book Beat, Emerald, and Source Booksellers; and at the Czech Heritage Museum and Genealogy Center in Temple, Texas.

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