Gold Medal!

Tue Apr 18 2017


The Independent Publisher Book Awards, known as the "IPPY", were established in 1996 to recognize authors and publishers who might otherwise not get noticed when competing with the big publishing houses. I was pleased to learn recently that Where Water is Gold: Life and Livelihood in Alaska's Bristol Bay was awarded a Gold Medal in the "West-Pacific - Best Regional Non-Fiction" category. There were a total of 5,000 entries for the 2017 competition. Read more about the awards here.

"One word to describe this year’s IPPY medal-winning books is vivid -- from the colors and images of the art and photography books, to the creativity and imaginative storytelling of the fiction,” says Jim Barnes, director of the Awards. “Independent publishing is all about passion, for the topics, the causes, and for sharing great writing and publishing with a world of readers."

I cannot thank enough the great support and leadership that my publisher, Braided River, has shown in the finalizing and distribution of my vision to tell the Bristol Bay story. But I never would have made it to the point that the editors and designers at Braided River could complete my vision without completing the fieldwork. To do that, I had incredible Sponsors who provided financial support and Partners who helped me in countless ways, along with a whole other list of people whom I thank in the Acknowledgements at the end of the book. And I am so thankful to hear from so many people of the Bristol Bay region for their feedback in affirming to me that I have truly captured their way of life with this book.

Where Water is Gold joins a modest list of IPPY gold medalists bearing the Braided River brand, including Florian Schulz's Yellowstone to Yukon (2006), Steve Kaslowski's The Last Polar Bear (2009), James Martin's Planet Ice (2010), Amy Gulick's Salmon in the Trees (2010), Florian Schulz's To the Arctic (2012), and Paul Bannick's Owl (2017). It is quite humbling to be a part of such an august group of photographers, but encouraging and inspiring to know that my efforts to tell the story of the Bristol Bay way of life and what is at stake in the potential development of the Pebble Mine while continue to reach a wide audience.

If you don't have it already, order your copy of this now award-winning book today!