In the Blood: Cape Breton Conversations on Culture, a book based on interviews with numerous people prominent in cultural creation and planning in Cape Breton a silver medal in the category Canada-East: Best Regional Non-fiction at the Independent Publisher Book Awards in New York City.
Burt Feintuch, a folklorist with the University of New Hampshire, wrote In the Blood with photography by Gary Samson of the New Hampshire Institute of Art.
The book was co-published by Cape Breton University Press and Utah State University Press and was jointly released by the two universities in October 2010.
The Independent Publisher Book Awards (the “IPPY” awards ) are conducted each year to honour the year’s best independently published books, recognizing excellence in a broad range of subjects and for rewarding titles that confront hot-button social and political issues. The announcement of In The Blood’s silver medal win was made at an event that kicked off the Book Expo America trade show (May 23-27) in New York.
This year’s awards attracted 3,907 entries, and the medalists represent books published in forty-five U.S. states plus the District of Columbia, seven Canadian provinces, and seven countries overseas. Launched in 1996 as the first unaffiliated awards program open exclusively to independent, university, and self-published titles. Winners in 69 national and 22 regional categories received gold, silver and bronze medallions and foil seals for their book covers.
The IPPY Awards are presented by IndependentPublisher.com, the “Voice of Independent Publishing” operated by publishing services firm Jenkins Group of Traverse City, Michigan.