Bachus book wins an IPPY

Dec 12, 2013

New York — “City of Brotherly Love,” a short story collection by Ned Bachus of Camden, has been awarded a gold medal in Literary Fiction for 2013 by the Independent Publisher Book Awards. Fleur-de-Lis Press, affiliated with the Spalding University brief-residency MFA in Writing program, published the collection in 2012.

The awards, also known as the IPPY Awards, recognize excellence in independent publishing and are designed to bring increased recognition to the deserving but often unsung titles published by independent authors and publishers. Last year’s IPPY gold medal winner in Literary Fiction, Jaimy Gordon, went on to receive the National Book Award. Bachus’ book tied for gold with “Renato, the Painter” by Eugene Mirabelli in the May awards.

Spalding MFA Program Director and Fleur-de-Lis Press Editor Sena Jeter Naslund said the people readers meet in Bacchus’ stories are “just like you and me.” How do they negotiate between what is inside them and the world outside? That is the central question of realistic, day-to-day living and of the book’s 11 stories.

“What I know, and what you will find out, is that my life is variously enriched by reading Ned Bacchus’ superb stories,” Naslund said in the announcement.

Bachus served as a counselor and as associate professor of English at Community College of Philadelphia from 1974 to 2012. His stories have appeared in many publications including The Louisville Review, Calliope, Antietam Review, Meridian Bound, Carve and The Evansville Review. Fleur-de-Lis Press, founded by Naslund and Karen Mann in 1996, specializes in publishing first books by authors whose work has previously appeared in The Louisville Review.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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