2019 Annual IndieReader Discovery Awards
June 1, 2019 – Today, Jennifer L. Armentrout, a New York Times and International bestselling author, announced the winners of the 2019 annual IndieReader Discovery Awards (IRDAs) at Book Expo America (BEA)/Book Con, a major trade show in New York City. The Unnamed Girl by Mike H. Mizrahi of Poulsbo, WA, won in the historical fiction category.
IndieReader launched the IRDAs in order to help worthy indie authors get the attention of top indie professionals, with the goal of reaching more readers. Noted Amy Edelman, founder of IR, “The books that won the IRDAs this year are not just great indie books; they are great books, period. We hope that our efforts via the IRDAs ensure that they receive attention from the people who matter most. Potential readers.”
Sponsors for the awards include Amazon, IngramSpark and Kirkus. Judges included notable publishers, agents, publicists, and bloggers. The Unnamed Girl received the following verdict by IndieReader’s reviewers: “The Unnamed Girl by Mike H. Mizrahi is the page-turning tale of how the picture of a little girl saves the life of a Confederate soldier and is a vivid depiction of the struggles of a nation in the midst of civil war, wrapped up in a love story.”
“To have your work recognized by such a prestigious group is heartening,” Mizrahi said. “The Unnamed Girl is about the power of love to bridge deep fissures between people, even a Confederate soldier, and a female abolitionist. I hope their story speaks to the healing needed in our nation today.”
The Unnamed Girl and Mizrahi’s first historical novel, The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race, can be purchased at Amazon.com. On June 10, he will release a new novella entitled Kabirizi’s Revenge, and in the fall a new book of short stories, The Power of YES, will become available.