Celebrate Indie Author Day with Booklist!

October 14 marks the second annual Indie Author Day, an event in which more than a hundred libraries worldwide celebrate local, independently published authors by hosting panels, networking events, open mics, and more.

Booklist has long supported indie authors. In fact, we feature reviews of independently published books in every other issue. In 2015, we partnered with BlueInk Review, a reputable. fee-based review journal dedicated to bringing the best independent work to a wider audience. (If you’re an indie author wondering how to get reviewed in Booklist, click here.)

So let’s hear it for indie authors! Look out for these excellent titles, starred by BlueInk, and featured in our latest issue.

 

 An Avid’s Guide to Sixties Songwriters, by Peter Dunbavan

In this valuable encyclopedic tome, musician and songwriter Dunbavan provides a wealth of knowledge and entertaining trivia about 1960s rock and pop music. The book offers 80 chapters, each about a different songwriter or songwriting team. Some artists will be familiar to even casual music fans: Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson, William “Smokey” Robinson, Lennon and McCartney. But the real treasures here are the lesser-known songwriters.

 

 

 

 

 City of Ghosts, by J. H. Moncrieff

Exceptional character development, a tightly plotted story line, relentless pacing, and a perfect fusion of horror and irreverence make this dark paranormal fantasy impossible to put down. Tired of his mundane existence working in IT for an insurance company, Jackson Stone has joined a tourist group exploring abandoned cities in China. Spending the night in Hensu, a city destroyed after a flood allegedly killed countless people, he’s visited by a ghostly young woman who desperately wants him to tell her story.

 

 Henry and the Hidden Treasure, by B. C. R. Fegan

In this delightful picture book, Henry covets his “treasure” (his parents call it “pocket money”). But he has a problem: his sister, Lucy. In Henry’s vivid imagination, Lucy “is really a secret ninja spy, sent to steal his treasure.” He thus devises a 10-step plan to protect his treasure: he will place it inside a secret cave filled with booby traps, superheroes, soldiers, and monsters and guarded by robots, a dragon, and Henry himself, armed with a laser gun, as a final barrier.

 

 

 

 Orphan in America,by Nanette L. Avery

During the Industrial Revolution, abandoned, orphaned, or neglected children were bundled onto “orphan trains” headed west and into the arms of pioneers who raised them as needed extra farmhands. Avery breathes life into this practice by following the dreams, bafflements, and torments of Alex, who, at age five, was torn from his struggling father in the New York slums and shipped to a stern, childless couple scratching out a subsistence living in Missouri.

 

 The Moonshine Wars; or, My Life in Kincaid, Georgia, by Terry Lee Kincaid III, by Daniel Micko

In this warmhearted, semiautobiographical novel set in 1880s Georgia, Micko, writing as Terry Lee Kincaid III, offers an account of the pivotal role his relatives played in the meteoric rise of legendary Big Boy Moonshine. As Kincaid tells it, the potent homemade brew is conceived one drunken “Moonshine Saturday Night” after Preacher Bo and congregant Big Jim Spicer choke down a prodigious amount of third-rate, arsenic-laced “white lightning.”

 

 

 

 

 World of Dawn: Arise, by Shawn Gale

Gale’s entertaining debut novel—the first of a projected series blending adventure fiction, science fiction, and fantasy—is told from the point of view of Tanner, a teen whose felony-filled past has led him to Halton House, a remote Pacific Northwest farm established for troubled teens. When their van is caught in a landslide as they return from a basketball game, they find themselves in a primitive world inhabited by monstrous birds of prey, man-eating insects, and human tribes.

 

 

 

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Eugenia Williamson is the Associate Editor of Digital Products at Booklist. She worked in bookstores for twelve years, reviews books for The Boston Globe, and writes about books, culture, and politics for several other publications. Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_Genie.

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