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‘Resist and Persist’ and ‘Transforming’ named book award finalists


Westminster John Knox Press publications are 2018 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year finalists

by Westminster John Knox Press | Special to Presbyterian News Service

LOUISVILLE — Westminster John Knox Press has announced that “Resist and Persist: Faith and the Fight for Equality” by Erin Wathen and “Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians by Austen Hartke have been recognized as finalists in the 21st annual Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards.

As part of its mission to discover, review, and share the best books from university and independent publishers, Foreword Magazine, Inc. hosts an annual awards program each year. Finalists represent the best books published in 2018. After more than 2,000 individual titles spread across 56 genres were submitted for consideration, the list of finalists was determined by “Foreword’s” editorial team. Winners will be decided by an expert team of booksellers and librarians — representing Foreword’s readership —from across the country.

“Determining the INDIES Finalists is such a rewarding process,” said Victoria Sutherland, founder/publisher of “Foreword Reviews.” “Each year we are reminded what a vital part of publishing indie presses occupy, and knowing what the recognition could mean to an individual book inspires us to provide our finalist judges with the best choices to help them determine the winners. We take this privilege very seriously.”

“WJK has always prided itself on publishing ideas and authors that are at the cutting edge of religion and social change,” said David Dobson, associate publisher of Westminster John Knox Press. “We are grateful to once again have our books recognized for their contributions to progress.”


Winners in each genre — along with Editor’s Choice Prize winners and “Foreword’s” INDIE Publisher of the Year — will be announced June 14, 2019.

Founded in 1998, Foreword Magazine, Inc. is the only media company completely devoted to independent publishing. Publishers of “Folio,” an award-winning bimonthly print review journal, special interest products, and daily online content feeds, “Foreword” exclusively covers university and independent (non “Big 5”) publishers, the books they publish, and their authors. Foreword is based in Traverse City, Michigan, with staff based worldwide.

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