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Fruitport author's book honored

• Aug 8, 2018 at 3:00 PM

“My Journey to Ephphatha: Discovering Ways God Guides Us to Our Purpose,” a novel by Fruitport resident Bonnie Jeane-Marie Vokits, has been named by the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group as one of the best indie books of 2018.

Vokits’ book is a finalist of the Christian non-fiction category in the 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, the world’s largest not-for-profit book awards program for independent publishers and self-published authors.

The awards are judged by leaders of the indie book publishing industry, including many with long careers at major publishing houses. This is the 11th year of the not-for-profit book awards program.

"Our program has become known as the Sundance of the book publishing world,” said Catherine Goulet, co-chairperson of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

Independent book publishing companies are independent of the major conglomerates dominating the book publishing industry. Indies include small presses, larger independent publishers, university presses, e-book publishers and self-published authors.

The awards were presented June 22 in a ceremony at Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, coinciding with the American Library Association Annual Conference. Hotel Monteleone is one of only three hotels in the United States that has been designated a literary landmark by the Friends of the Library Association.

Vokits will be signing copies of her book at The Bookman, 715 Washington Ave. in Grand Haven, from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, along with fellow author Glenn Wagner.

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