Lonely Planet Wins IPPY Award

Kindness of Strangers takes home top honors in Travel Essay category

OAKLAND, CA (June 11, 2004) — Lonely Planet is proud to announce its most recent anthology, The Kindness of Strangers, was selected as the winner in the Best Travel Essay category at the eighth annual Independent Publisher Book Awards. The Independent Publisher Book Awards, also known as the “IPPY” Awards, were presented at BookExpo America 2004 in Chicago

“We are extremely honored that The Kindness of Strangers was chosen for this award,” said Don George, who edited this anthology and is Lonely Planet’s global travel editor. “From the beginning, we believed that these tales of human compassion and connection around the globe would resonate with readers and inspire them to create acts of kindness in their own lives. This award validates that belief.”

This year, 2,068 titles were entered by 1,327 publishers. Entries came in from all 50 U.S. states and Washington D.C., nine Canadian provinces, the Philippines, and one Central American country (Guatemala). For the first time, overseas publishers who market their books in North America were allowed to enter, and were joined by 12 foreign countries, including Bahrain, Serbia, and Greece.

The ‘IPPY’ Awards were launched in 1996 and are designed to bring recognition to the deserving but often unsung titles published by independent authors and publishers. Established as the first awards program open exclusively to independents, over 1000 “IPPYs” have been awarded to publishers throughout North America. The Awards recognize Ten Outstanding Books of the Year and a winner and two finalists in 55 different categories, ranging from non-fiction categories like Animals/Pets and Psychology to fiction categories like Multicultural and Horror.

Other books nominated in the Travel Essay category were, No Touch Monkey! And Other Travel Lessons Learned Too Late, Seal Press and See the Ozarks: The Touristic Image, Lens & Pen Press.

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