The First Horizon Award Finalists

Montaigne Medal Winner
Eric Hoffer Book Award Gold Seal © The Eric Hoffer Project

As the annual judging draws to a close, the First Horizon Award finalists are announced prior to the Eric Hoffer Award grand prize. This small list of finalists is an honored distinction of its own and is announced publicly during the spring of each award year. Below are the current and previous finalists in alphabetical order by book.

 

2017

* A Provisional Map of the Lost Continent, Gregory Maher, Fordham University Press
* A Pyrrhic Victory: Volume I, Ian Crouch, Eloqquet Books
* Baby X, Rebecca Ann Smith, Mother's Milk Books
* Choices, Eolane, AuthorHouseUK
* Common Stones, Alicia M. Smith, Inspiriting Voices
* Crash Course, Alan Barrington, AuthorHouseUK
* Delivering Dreams, Lori Preusch, Dandelion Press
* Enlightened Negotiation, Mehrad Nazari, Select Books
* Essentials of Nutrition, Joel Bressler, XlibrisUS
* Exuvia Set, Erik Angle, Telegeist Tactics
* Good Girl Bad Girl, Ann Girdharry
* Inadequate Grave, Brandon Courtney, YesYes Books
* Jupiter and Gilgamesh, Scott Archer Jones, Southern Yellow Pine Publishing
* Karamba, Olukayode Oyenekan, Trafford
* Living in Itlay, Stef Smulders, Babelcube
* March Farm, Nancy McMillan, Whistling Hawk Press
* Mommy, What's that Number on Your Arm?, Gloria Hollander Lyon, XlibrisUS
* Moving Beyond the Unspoken Grief, Dr. Sarah Lnyy, Dreamstone Publishing
* Nature Speaks, Deborah Kennedy, White Cloud Press
* Pararescue 'It's a Fine Madness!’, Martin F. Caldwell, iUniverse
* Red Socks Go with Absolutely Anything, Darla Woodley, SonShine Design
* Seasons of Sand Sahara, Ernst Aebi, iUniverse
* Socialism, Phillip J. Bryson, XlibrisUS
* System of Ghosts, Lindsay Tigue, University of Iowa Press
* The After War, Brandon Zenner
* The Butcher's Daughter, Florence Grende, Madison Literary Press
* The Crown Ain't Worth Much, Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib, Button Poetry
* The Eldercare Consultant, Becky Feola, AMACOM Books
* The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman, Robin Gregory, Mad Mystical Journey Press
* The Last Cadillac, Nancy Nau Sullivan, Walrus Publishing
* The Nine Assignments, Glenda Winders
* The Nomenclature of Small Things, Lynn Pedersen, Carnegie Mellon University Press
* The Shape of the Atmosphere, Jessica Dainty, Pandamoon Publishing
* Yours Respectfully, William Berwick, Christine A. Smith, The Legacy Press

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2016

* Adrift in a Vanishing City, Vincent Czyz, Rain Mountain Press
* After, Fatimah Asghar, Yes Yes Books
* Before the Court of Heaven, Jack Mayer, Long Trail Press
* Between Families, Karin Mitchell, CreateSpace
* Beyond Embarrassment, JoAnne Lake, Triumph Media Press
* Featherbone, Erica Mena, Ricochet Editions
* Freedom Trail Pop Up Book of Boston, Denise D. Price, White Dharma LTD
* Hidden Shadows, Linda Lucretia Shuler, Twilight Times Books
* Hive, Christina Stoddard, University of Wisconsin Press
* Holistic Tarot, Benebell Wen, North Atlantic Books
* I'll Run Till the Sun Goes Down, David Sandum, Sandra Jonas Publishing House
* Jewels of Allah, Nina Ansary, Revela Press
* Magic Teacher's Son, David Harten Watson, Pen-L Publishing
* My Forgotten Self, Lynyetta G. Willis, PhD, Inner Pathways Publishing
* Rob the Vatican, Robert Gallant, iUniverse
* Sacred Earth, Planet of Light, Ernest L. King, Silver Bear Press
* Saving Jake, D'Anne Burwell, FocusUp Books
* The Adventures of Piratess Tilly, Elizabeth Lorayne, White Wave Press
* The Havana Papers, Michael Daly, BookBaby
* The Illustrated Courtroom, Elizabeth Williams and Sue Russell, Cuny Journalism Press
* The Kingdom Within, L E Madden, iUniverse
* The Rabbit Rescuers, Cindy Howard, No Rabbit Left Behind
* Twice Heroes, Tom Graves, Nassau & Witherspoon
* Walking Home via the Appalachian Trail, Michael Herrick, Xlibris

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2015

* After the Wind, Lou Kasischke, Good Hart Publishing
* Anonymous, Christine Benedict, Loconeal Publishing
* Assumptions Can Mislead, Mary C. Dye, Trafford Publishing
* At-Risk, Amina Gautier, University of Georgia Press
* Choices 7 Steps: Life Lessons 101, ANNE SHORT, Ph.D., Trafford Publishing
* Conscious Millionaire, J V Crum III, Conscious World Press
* Dreams of My Mothers, Joel L. A. Peterson, Huff Publishing Associatres
* Eat Smart in Denmark, Carol L. Schroeder & Katrina A. Schroeder, Ginko Press
* Emerge!, Elza Maalouf, Select Books
* How Do You Pray?, Celeste Yacoboni, Monkfish Publishing
* Leaving Montana, Thomas Whaley, Sakura Publishing
* Life in a Jar, Jack Mayer, Long Trail Press
* Melt, Selene Castroville, Last Syllable Books
* My Brother Adam, Linda and Nneka Onyilofor, Henschel Haus Publishing
* Once Upon a Mulberry Field, C.L.Hoang, Willow Stream Publishing
* Paleo Girl, Leslie Klenke, Primal Blueprint Publishing
* Tad and the Pad, Steven Tincher, Nelson Publishing
* The Christmas Closet, Richard P. Alvarez, Candescence Media
* The Five-fold Effect, Walt Pilcher, WestBow Press
* The Legacy Letters, Carew Papritz, King Northern Publishing
* The Lion Trees, Part II, Owen Thomas, OTF Literary
* The Tulip Flame, Chloe Honum, Cleveland State University Poetry Center
* The Witch's Get, Diana Janopaul, Artemis Moon Publishing
* This Point in Time, Gary Meyer, Booklocker
* Through the Valley of the Deep Darkness, Thomas Arner, Trafford Publishing
* War Stories, Elisabeth Doyle, Two Harbors Press
* When Dreams Touch, Rosemary Hanrahan, SDP Publishing
* Widow Walk, Gerard LaSalle, Greenleaf Book Group Press
* Will the Real Prince Charming Please Stand Up?, Ella Martin, Astraea Press

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2014

* A Song of Praise for Shifu, Susan J. Byrd, The Legacy Press
* Badlands, Thomas Biel, Three Towers Press
* Beat Your A-Fib, Steve S. Ryan, A-Fib, Inc.
* Don't Stop Dreaming, Dr. Russell Tomar, MavenMark Books
* Educating America 101, Paddy Eger, Tendril Press
* Gandy Dancing, Jean Sands, Antrim House
* Gray Girl, Susan I. Spieth, CreateSpace
* I Am Another You, Priya Kumar, Embassy Books
* Journey Proud, Carolyn Fleming, Trafford Publishing
* Map of the Spirit, Michael F. Cantwell MD, MPH, Hillhaven Press
* Off My Rocker, Kenny Weissberg, Sandra Jonas Publishing
* Short Leash, Janice Gary, Michigan State University Press
* Sign of the Throne, Melissa Eskue Ousley, Castle Garden Publications
* Sophia Rising, Monette Chilson, Bright Sky Press
* Soul Exchange, Dennis Paul Williams, University of Louisiana of Lafayette Press
* Steel's Treasure, Nick Auclair, On the Fence Writers
* The Bees Are Waiting, Karina Borowicz, Marick Press
* The Entrepreneur Mind, Kevin D. Johnson, Johnson Media, Inc.
* Tomorrow Comes, Donna Mebane, Starshine Galaxy
* Wil of God, Carrie Wilson Link, CreateSpace

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2013

* 52 Weeks of Parenting Wisdom, Meg Akabas, CreateSpace
* A Roller Coaster Down, Mary Lash and Vasant Garcia, Grist Mill Press/CreateSpace
* Adventures of a Gala Guru, Donna Vessey, Gala Gurus Press
* Congress of Strange People, Stephanie Lenox, Airlie Press
* Continental Divide, Krista Schlyer, Texas A&M University Press
* Ethical Meltdown, David R. Frazer, Hartz Publishing
* From the Block to the Boardroom, Tracey D. Syphax, From the Block 2 the Boardroom
* Greetings from Below, David Philip Mullins, Salt Publishing
* Hanji Unfurled, Aimee S. Lee, The Legacy Press
* It's My Company Too!, Kenneth R. Thompson, Ramon L. Benedetto, Thomas T. Walter, Greenleaf Book Group
* Lead Like a General, Paul A. Gilbert, Marquis Press
* Let's Hear it for Almigal, Wendy Kupfer, Handfinger Press
* Lilith Rises, Terr R. Lacy, BookBaby
* Lucky's Plott, A Plott Hound Tale, Libby Bagby, AuthorHouse
* Man Overboard, Ric Klass, Seven Locks Press
* My Odyssey Through the Underground Press, Michael Kindman, Michigan State University
* Red Fields, Jason Poudrier, Mongrel Empire Press
* Rocks Across the Pond, Richard & Kathy Verlander, Dementi Mileston Publishing
* Shadow Game, Darryl Sollerh, Del Oro Company
* Slum, Dan Carroll, Vanity Press Books
* The American Grain Elevator, Linda Laird, Grain Elevator Press
* The Family ROI Experience, Barbara Fagan-Smith and Lesli Gee, Family ROI
* The First Day Speech, Esabelle Hadala, Wild Onion Press
* Wet, Carolyn Creedon, The Kent State University Press

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2012

* A Blind Raccoon in the Family, Ann K. Anderson, Black Rose Writing
* A Buffett of Sensory Interventions, Susan L. Culp, MS, OTR/L, AAPC Publishing
* A New Prospect, Wayne Zurl, Black Rose Writing
* A Quest for Good Manners, Karin Lefranc, Beluga Press
* Alabaster Houses, Lara McLaughlin, Wye Knot Book
* Beyond Soul Food, Richard Petty
* Beyond Suiseki, Manette Gerstle, Water Stone Press
* Big Picture Thinking, Aileen Zeitz Collucci, AAPC Publishing
* Blind, Belo Miguel Cipriani, Wheat Mark
* Books Will Speak Plain, Julia Miller, The Legacy Press
* Chasing Her Destiny, Terri Friedlander, Black Rose Writing
* Cheery, Elizabeth W. Davidson, Ph.D., Five Star Publications
* Come Back Early Today, Marie Marley, PhD, Joseph Peterson Books
* Codon Zero, Jim Hendee, LuLu
* Conversations with Jerry and Other People I Thought were Dead, Irene Kendig, Grateful Press
* Flicks & Clicks, Mel Henson, Ecademy Press
* Green Gospel, L.C. Fiore, Livingston Press
* Gunna Dan, Patrick Moloney, Westbow Press
* Highlighting Homeschooling, Bethany Gardiner, M.D., Sticky Tape Press
* How's Your Family Really Doing?, Don MacMannis PhD and Debra Machester MacMannis, MSW, Two Harbors Press
* Kilimanjaro and Beyond, Barry Finlay with Chris Finlay, Dog Ear Publishing
* Logodaedaly, Erzsebet Gilbert, Woverine Farm Publishing
* Moonflower, Gianna Russo, Kitsune Books
* My C&O, Steve Fuchs, St. Alban Media
* Oh, Beautiful, John Paul Godges, Createspace
* Reiser's Ramblings, Fr. Bernard Reiser, Reiser Relief
* Stay Tuned, Lauren Clark, Monterey Press
* Syncritus, Vincent Gordon, Mystic Reverie
* Talk About Good!, Junior League of Lafayette, Wimmer Cookbooks
* The Meghan Method, Meghan Carter, GEM Multimedia
* The Tale of Zen Master Bho Li, Barbara Verkuilen, Firethroat Press
* The Ten Deadly Realms, Venessa Williamson, AuthorHouse
* Two Gold Coins and a Prayer, James H. Keefe III, Appell Publishing
* Two Murders Reaped, Cynthia Sally Haggard, Spun Stories Press
* Wax, Therese Ambrosi Smith, Blue Star Boo

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