Independent Publisher has selected Centerville, a novel by Karen Osborn, visiting assistant professor of English, as a gold medal winner in its 2013 IPPY Award contest. Osborn is one of 382 medalists chosen from 5,200 entries from the United States, Canada, and eight other countries.
“I walked around for at least a day not believing it,” said Osborn. “There are so many incredible books being published by independent publishers—it's an honor and a surprise to be selected.”
Set in 1967 against the backdrop of the civil rights movement and the escalating Vietnam War, Centerville (West Virginia University Press, 2012) follows the lives of four people after a deadly explosion in the town for which the book is named.
The book is a study on human nature and how people try to make sense of the situations they find themselves in, said Osborn.
Osborn has authored three other novels: Patchwork (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1991), Between Earth and Sky (William Morrow, 1996), and The River Road (William Morrow/Harper Collins, 2003).
Independent Publisher launched the IPPY Awards in 1996 to bring increased recognition to titles published by independent authors and publishers.