2020 IPPY MEDALIST bookStore



For 37 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 all the entries. All of these books earned IPPY Award gold medals.

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


Most Original Concept

The Book of Training by Colonel Hap Thompson of Roanoke, VA, 1843,
Annotated From the Library of John C. Calhoun

by Percival Everett (Red Hen Press)


Best Book Arts Craftsmanship 

The Last Dalai Lama?
by Mickey Lemle with Laurie Dolphin; design by Laurie Dolphin and Allison Meierding
(Dolphin Books)



Most Outstanding Design

Turn Around Time: A Walking Poem for the Pacific Northwest
by David Guterson; design by Jen Grable; illustrated by Justin Gibbens
(Mountaineers Books)


Most Likely to Save the Planet (tie) 

Morality and the Environmental Crisis
by Roger S. Gottlieb
(Cambridge University Press)


Tales from an Uncertain World:
What Other Assorted Disasters Can Teach Us About Climate Change

by L. S. Gardiner
(University of Iowa Press)


Independent Spirit Award

Carpe Fin: A Haida Manga
by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas
(Douglas and McIntyre)


Independent Voice Award

If the Future is a Fetish
by Sarah Sgro
(YesYes Books)


Freedom Fighter (tie)

For Dear Life: Women's Decriminalization and Human Rights in Focus
by Carol Jacobsen
(University of Michigan Press)


The Freedom to Be: Stories from Transgender Youth, Adults, and Their Families
by Diana J. Ensign, JD

(SpiritHawk Life Publications)



peacemaker (tie)

Behind Barbed Wire: Searching for Japanese Americans Incarcerated During World War II
Written and photographed by Paul Kitagaki Jr.
(CityFiles Press)



Unselfish Kids
by Paul D. Parkinson and Sammie Parkinson
(Weave Media)