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Casting into Mystery a Finalist in the 2020 INDIES Book of the Year Awards

Traverse City, MI, March 12, 2021Casting into Mystery, written by Robert Reid with engravings by Wesley W. Bates, is a finalist in the 2020 INDIES Book of the Year Awards.

Published by The Porcupine’s Quill, the literary fly angling memoir is one of seven finalists in the Nature category. Reviewers have praised the book in Canada, the U.S. and England.

As part of its mission to discover, review and share the best books from university and independent publishers, Foreword Reviews is announcing the finalists for the annual awards.

More than 2,000 entries ranging over 55 genres were submitted for consideration. The finalists were determined by Foreword’s editorial team. Winners are now being decided by teams of librarian and bookseller judges from across America.

The complete list of finalists can be found at: www.forewordreviews.com/awards/finalists/2020/

‘The COVID-19 pandemic did not slow down the quality of great books coming from the independent publishing community in 2020. The finalist selection process was one of the hardest our team encountered due to the number of excellent submissions,’ said Victoria Sutherland, publisher.

‘In typical years, the judging process involves our team gathering and discussing books in real time,’ says managing editor, Michelle Anne Schingler. ‘This year we had to read separately, take notes and convene to discuss the entrants after we’d all taken a turn with them on our own.

‘While at first the change was nerve-wracking, we were delighted to discover that we we’re as much in agreement when the process takes place across miles and weeks as we are when we’re sitting face-to-face. We’re as confident as ever that the finalists reflect the best of the books we’ve had the privilege of reading and evaluating.’

Winners in each genre—along with Editor’s Choice Prize winners and Foreword’s Independent Publisher of the Year—will be announced June 17, 2021.

Since 1998 Foreword Reviews has provided trade book reviews of the best titles from independent presses. The magazine is a favourite among librarians, booksellers and readers—an excellent resource when it comes to purchasing books.

2020 Finalist for Nature

Casting into Mystery
Contributor(s)
Robert Reid and Wesley W. Bates (illustrator)
Publisher
The Porcupine’s Quill
ISBN-13
978-0-88984-428-5
Publication Date
Feb 18, 2020

A Haven in the Sun
Contributor(s)
B.C. Robison and Linda M. Feltner (illustrator)
Publisher
Texas Tech University Press
ISBN-13
978-1-68283-063-5
Publication Date
Jun 15, 2020

The Hidden Life of Ice
Publisher
The Experiment
ISBN-13
978-1-61519-699-9
Publication Date
Aug 18, 2020

Trees
Publisher
Earth Aware
ISBN-13
978-1-68383-926-2
Publication Date
Jul 14, 2020

Wolf Island
Contributor(s)
L. David Mech and Greg Breining
Publisher
University of Minnesota Press
ISBN-13
978-1-5179-0825-6
Publication Date
Oct 13, 2020

Garden Design Master Class
Publisher
Rizzoli New York
ISBN-13
978-0-8478-6666-3
Publication Date
Apr 14, 2020

Walks of a Lifetime in America’s National Parks
Publisher
Falcon Guides
ISBN-13
978-1-4930-3925-8
Publication Date
Jul 30, 2020

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