Wednesday, May 09, 2012
HUIA Book wins Gold at New York Book Awards
'The Scent of Apples' by Jacquie McRae (Huia 2011) has won a gold medal in the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards (the 'IPPYs') in New York.
This international recognition follows on from the book's selection in March by the International Youth Library in Munich for White Ravens 2012 as an outstanding international book for children and young adults.
With over 2000 independent authors and publishers participating from the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, The Scent of Apples won gold in the Best Regional Fiction category for New Zealand and Australia.
Based in New York and now in its 16th year, the 'IPPY' Awards were conceived as a broad-based, unaffiliated awards program open to all members of the independent publishing industry, and are open to authors and publishers worldwide who produce books written in English and intended for the North American market.Based in Wellsford, Jacquie McRae (Tainui) was a finalist in the Pikihuia Awards for Māori Writers 2009 and was one of six authors selected in 2010 for Te Papa Tupu, a mentoring programme for Māori writers. Recently featured as a Teen Read by NZ Herald's Canvas, The Scent of Apples is Jacquie's first novel.