2013 Outstanding Medalists

For 30 years our mission at Independent Publisher has been to recognize and encourage the work of publishers who exhibit the courage and creativity necessary to take chances, break new ground, and bring about change, not only to the world of publishing, but to our society.

These medalists were chosen from our regular entries for exemplifying this daring spirit -- the book projects our judges found the most heartfelt, unique, outspoken and experimental among over 5,000 entries. All of these books earned IPPY Award gold medals.

Congratulations to this year's Outstanding Books of the Year:


Most Original Concept

Dancers Among Us: A Celebration of Joy in the Everyday
by Jordan Matter (Workman Publishing)



Best Book Arts Craftsmanship

Within an African Eden: Golf Courses of South Africa
by Grant Leversha (Self-Published)



Most Likely to Save the Planet

Everyday Heroes: 50 Americans Changing the World One Non-Profit at a Time
by Katrina Fried & Paul Mobley (Welcome Books)



Independent Spirit Award

Perfect Scars: An Exploration of the Emotional and Physical Impact of Breast Cancer
by Beverly Corlett, Jill Lacina, and Rosemary Paul (The Perfect Scar Group)



Peacemaker of the Year

A Day in the World 

by Jeppe Wikström (Earth Award Editions)



Independent Voice Award (tie)

Syzygy, Beauty,
by T. Fleischmann (Sarabande Books)

Luke & Forrest: My Saviors, My Salvation
by Donna DeMari (Willow Creek Press)



Most Outstanding Design

Desert Pageantry: The Royal Cavalry of Oman
by Henry Dallal (Henry Dallal Publishing)



Outstanding E-Book Achievement


by Carol Golemboski (Carol Golemboski Ltd.)