Indie booksellers and indie publishers face many of the same challenges; one is getting recognition. So, the Brooklyn-based independent publisher and bookseller, Melville House joined with Shelf Awareness, the indie bookseller newsletter, to create the first award open only to books by independent publishers, the Indie Booksellers Choice Awards.
Independent booksellers from around the country voted and thirteen finalists have just been announced. The publisheres range from larger independents, like W.W. Norton and Grove/Atlantic to the very small, like The Dorothy Project and Two Dollar Radio.
Below are the finalists:
The Black History of the White House by Clarence Lusane (City Lights)
Contingency Plans by David K Wheeler (TS Poetry)
The Instructions by Adam Levin (McSweeney’s)
The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall (W.W. Norton)
Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes (Grove/Atlantic)
Nox by Anne Carson (New Directions)
The Orange Eats Creeps by Grace Krilanovich (Two Dollar Radio)
Orion You Came and Took All My Marbles by Kira Henehan (Milkweed Editions)
The Singer’s Gun by Emily St. John Mandel (Unbridled)
Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead by Barbara Comyns (Dorothy)
The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi (Night Shade Books)
Wingshooters by Nina Revoyr (Akashic)
The winners will be announced at a ceremony in New York on May 23rd.