Hayward, CA (PressExposure) June 26, 2008 -- ForeWord Magazine and Next Generation Indie Books established these prestigious book awards to bring increased attention from librarians and booksellers to the literary achievements of independent publishers and authors. These awards are the result of a unique process in which a jury of readers, librarians and booksellers select the top categories as well as the winning titles. Their decisions take into consideration editorial excellence, professional production, originality of the narrative, patron/customer interest, author credentials relative to the book and the value the book adds to its genre.
Named the Gold Medal and Bronze Medal Winners in the Family, Relationships and Parenting Categories, Dear Self ($19.95, May 2007) was highlighted for expanding the world of the reader, introducing an important voice society needs to hear and for being amongst the first literary works of its kind.
A unique and poignant work, Dear Self chronicles the journal of a young African American mother struggling to raise her children amidst the crushing poverty of housing projects, impassive public policy and deep-rooted discrimination. Restricted by unfortunate circumstance, she expresses her intense literary yearning by writing letters to herself. Her dignity and intellect unrepressed by economic and social class, she was more than the sum of her statuses.
Though penned almost 30 years ago, itâs unabridged, intimate message is clear and relevant. Dear Self is a valuable resource for those seeking to understand the exhausting reality of the dark corners and sharp edges of poverty in America. A reality that continues to be faced by millions of people whose quiet plight is rarely heard or voiced in such articulate and graceful words.