Greenfield author named finalist for Indiana book award


Recorder Staff
Wednesday, May 09, 2018

“Earth As It Is” by Greenfield resident Jan Maher is a finalist in the 20th annual Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards, Indiana University Press Break Away Books announced Monday.

As part of its mission to discover, review and share the best books from university and independent publishers, independent media company Foreword Magazine, Inc. hosts its awards program each year. Finalists represent the best books published in 2017.

More than 2,000 individual titles spread across 65 genres were submitted, after which the list of finalists was determined by Foreword’s editorial team.

In addition to being named a finalist for the INDIES award, “Earth As It Is” was named a 2017 Best Indies Book by Kirkus Reviews, and garnered grand prize winner designations in the Great Midwest and Great Southeast book festivals.

Maher was born in Indiana and lived there until she was 16. She drew on her memories of her Midwestern landscapes and people to create her fictional town of Heaven, where the book is set. The story of a cross-dressing dentist-turned-hairdresser in the mid-20th-century is described by Foreword Reviews as “a heartfelt story about an extraordinary life.” Kirkus Reviews calls the book “a quietly luminous tale ... that’s entertaining and authentic.”

Winners will be decided by an expert team of booksellers and librarians from across the country, and announced on June 15.