Ippy awards

Kim Cool at Ippy Awards
Kim Cool (center) at Ippy Awards

Venice History Illustrated was honored in New York at the 11th annual
IPPY Awards ceremony.

Kim Cool of Venice won a bronze medal fin the SE Regional non-fiction category
for Venice History Illustrated, which featured paintings by the late Ilse
Kern of Nokomis. Venice History Illustrated was published by Historic Venice
Press, which specializes in regional works, with nine titles currently listed.

Winners were selected from more than 2,100 books submitted to the contest
from 1,510 independent publishers in all 50 states, eight Canadian territories
and 10 foreign countries.

“What impressed us about this year’s entires was the passion and committment
of the authors for their topics,” aawards director Jim Barnes said.

Among the outstanding books of the year honored in 12 special national categorieswas
the Peacemaker of the Year Award to former President Jimmy Carter and peace
activist Mattie J. T. Stepanek for their book, “Just Peace: A Messager of Hope.”

The awards ceremony was held on June 1 in conjunction with the annual BookExpo
America convention, which is attended by more than 29,000 book store buyers,
librarians and others interested in publishing.

“Independent authors and publishers are the conscience of our culture,” Barnes
said. “It is the courage of these outspoken authors and visionary artists that
the IPPY awards are designed to recognize.”

Venice History Illustrated is available at area book stores, several online
sources and at Luna Ristorante and Collectors Gallery in Venice.