Locally published book up for award
Annie Card, of Peterborough with copies of the award-winning "RIPPED," stacked and ready to ship to reviewers and bookstores.
Author Shelly Dickson Carr, left, greets the more than 400 guests who attended the pre-publication launch of her first novel, “RIPPED,” at the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston last October. Seated is Nan Fornal of Peterborough, editor of “RIPPED.”
The Independent Book Publishers Association has named a locally produced book as an IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards finalist. New Book Partners, with editorial and publicity headquarters in Peterborough, published the title in December 2012.
The book, “RIPPED: A Jack the Ripper Time-Travel Thriller,” is Boston writer Shelly Dickson Carr’s debut novel. The book is available in soft cover and eBook from the Toadstool Bookshops as well as at other independent and online outlets.
Peterborough residents Nan Fornal, editor, and Annie Card, publicist, are principals in the publishing firm. The third partner is book designer Jon Albertson who works from his studio in Massachusetts.
“We’re all thrilled to have our very first book recognized as a finalist for the award,” said Fornal.
“RIPPED” is one of only three finalists in the mystery/suspense category, for which there were as many as 100 entries.
The award recognizes excellence in both editorial and design, and is regarded as one of the highest national honors in small and independent publishing.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards.
The IBPA administers the awards with the help of more than 160 book publishing professionals coming from the library, bookstore, reviewer, designer, publicity and editorial industry segments.
Prestige as a publisher is one of the many benefits of being named a finalist for this award.
Fornal, Card and their business partner Jon Albertson will attend the awards ceremony in New York City on May 29.