NEW ENGLAND/CAMDEN — The New England Society in the City of New York (NES) announces that “Dead by Dawn” by Camden author Paul Doiron is the winner of one of the 2022 New England Society Book Awards, which recognize books of merit that celebrate New England and its culture. The NES Book Awards are made in four categories — Art & Photography, Fiction, Nonfiction and Specialty Title — and are presented annually to authors of books published in the previous 12 months. The winning authors were selected from an exciting and diverse array of authors, titles and subjects.

The winners will be lauded at a special evening at the National Arts Club in New York City Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 6 p.m. The event is open to the public, offering all NES members and literary enthusiasts a chance to mingle with winners and jury members who evaluated this year’s submissions. The evening includes a panel discussion with the winning authors, book signings, and the awards ceremony.

In “Dead by Dawn,” Mike Bowditch is fighting for his life. After being ambushed on a dark winter road, his Jeep crashes into a frozen river. Trapped beneath the ice in the middle of nowhere, having lost his gun and any way to signal for help, Mike fights his way to the surface. But surviving the crash is only the first challenge. Whoever set the trap that ran him off the road is still out there, and they’re coming for him. As Mike faces a nightlong battle to stay alive, he must dissect the hours leading up to the ambush and solve two riddles: which one of these people desperately wants him dead, and what has he done to incur their wrath?

Bestselling author Paul Doiron is the former editor in chief of Down East: The Magazine of Maine. A native of Maine, he attended Yale University, where he graduated with a degree in English, and he holds an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College. “The Poacher’s Son” won the Barry award and the Strand award for Best First Novel, and has been nominated for the Edgar, Anthony and Macavity awards in the same category. As an experienced outdoorsman and naturalist, he is skilled in fishing, hunting, canoeing and wilderness survival, and knows the secrets of the Maine woods as well as his protagonist, Mike Bowditch. He lives on a trout stream in Camden with his wife, poet Kristen Lindquist. Visit his website at pauldoiron.com.