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Bona Fide Books wins award

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Bona Fide Books recently won a 2012 Book of the Year Award for Lexa Hillyer’s “Acquainted with the Cold.”

The book was published by Bona Fide Books and was honored with the gold award in poetry. Hillyer won Bona Fide Books’ 2011 Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize and subsequent publication and was named one of the Best New Poets of 2012 by Matthew Dickman. She worked as an editor at both Harper Collins and Penguin, and is co-founder of boutique literary incubator Paper Lantern Lit.

“Hillyer’s poetic gifts and ambitions are fierce,” National Book Award winner Laura Kasischke stated in a press release. “I feel I have been waiting a long time to read this wonderful collection.”

The awards were given by ForeWord Reviews, which designed the Book of the Year Awards to honor distinctive books from independent publishers. The finals selections are made by librarians and book sellers.

Representing more than 600 publishers, the winners were selected after months of deliberation from 1,300 entries in 62 categories and exemplify the best work coming from today’s independent, university and small press communities, according to the release. Gold, silver and bronze awards, as well as Editor’s Choice Prizes for fiction and nonfiction, were announced June 28 at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago.

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