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[LIBRARY] Release: Center for the Book Announces Best Fiction Books of Indiana
Start Date: 12/31/2012Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 12/31/2012End Time: 11:59 PM
Entry Description

INDIANAPOLIS (December 31, 2012) - Winners and finalists have been named for the 2012 Best Books of Indiana Competition for fiction.  The Indiana Center for the Book in the Indiana State Library thanks the many authors and publishers that entered the eighth-annual contest and congratulates the following 2012 honorees:



Safely Buried, by John Pesta (Vallona, IN). CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Charleston, SC

Best Books Finalists

Four for a Quarter, by Michael Martone (Tuscaloosa, AL & Fort Wayne native) University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa, AL

For Sale by Owner, by Kelcey Parker (South Bend). Kore Press, Tucson, AZ

The Best Book award for Safely Buried becomes the third accolade for the title and author John Pesta. The book was also named a London Book Festival (2012), Honorable Mention for genre-based fiction and an Independent Publisher Book Awards (2012), Silver Medalist for the Mystery/Cozy/Noir category. Pesta is a first-time winner and finalists in the Best Books of Indiana contest.

Kelcey Parker, Associate Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at Indiana University South Bend, was also a first-time Best Books finalist with her debut title, For Sale by Owner. The book also won the won the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Award in Short Fiction.

University of Alabama Professor Michael Martone was named a finalist for the second time. Originally from Fort Wayne, Martone’s extensive list of works and awards places him amongst the most decorated of current Hoosier authors.

Safely Buried and the author’s name will be engraved on a plaque in the Indiana Authors Room. One copy of each respective finalist entry will remain housed in the Authors Room indefinitely. Two copies of all 2012 Best Books entries have been added to the State Library's collection.  Indiana residents can borrow any Best Books of Indiana title from the State Library or request a copy via interlibrary loan at their local public library. 

The Indiana Center for the Books administers the Best Books of Indiana contest annually and accepts entries from Hoosier authors or books that have an Indiana theme or setting.  The competition accepts books published between January 1 and December 31 of the previous year and consists of four categories - children's/young adult, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. A panel of judges in each category considered all entries and chose finalists at their discretion. Entries were judged on the quality of writing, with organization and interpretation also considered. A complete listing of this year's finalists and judges' comments, as well as past years' winners and finalists, can be found on the Indiana Center for the Book's website.

About the Indiana Center for the Book:
The Indiana Center for the Book is a program of the Indiana State Library and an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. The Center promotes interest in reading, writing, literacy, libraries, and Indiana's literary heritage by sponsoring events and serving as an information resource at the state and local level. The Center also supports both the professional endeavors and the popular pursuits of Indiana's residents toward reading and writing.

Contact Information:
Name: Drew Griffis
Phone: 317-650-6158
Best Books of Indiana
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