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First Novel Prize winner receives Gold IPPY Award

Susan TekulveCongratulations to Susan Tekulve and Hub City Press! Tekulve's novel, In the Garden of Stone, has received a Gold IPPY Award as the best novel published in the South by an independent press in 2014. The novel also won the South Carolina First Novel Prize, as judged by Josephine Humphreys. The annual Independent Publisher Book Awards are open to publishers worldwide who publish in the English language for the North American market. Tekulve's award is Hub City Press's 13th IPPY in the past 15 years, and its fifth gold award. An award ceremony will be held May 28 in New York City. In the Garden of StoneThe book is a multi-generational story of Sicilian immigrants who come to the coal mines of West Virginia in the early 20th century. Harrowing and beautifully told, In the Garden of Stone is a haunting saga of endurance and redemption. Tekulve’s nonfiction, short stories and essays have appeared in several journals, including Denver Quarterly, Indiana Review, The Georgia Review, Connecticut Review, and Shenandoah. She is the author of two story collections, My Mother’s War Stories, which received the 2004 Winnow Press fiction prize, and Savage Pilgrims, (Serving House Books, 2009). Tekulve has received scholarships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and teaches writing at Converse College. Via: Hub City Press

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First Novel Prize book release and author talk

Take advantage of two opportunities to celebrate the release of the 2012 South Carolina First Novel prize, In the Garden of Stone by Spartanburg author Susan Tekulve. In the Garden of StoneOn April 18, Tekulve is the featured author for the Speaker @ the Center program in Columbia. The program takes place from noon to 1 p.m. at the South Carolina State Library's Center for the Book in Columbia. Bring your lunch! On April 25, the official Hub City Press book launch takes place from 7 - 8:30 p.m. at The Showroom in Spartanburg. Both events are free and open to the public, and books will be available for purchase and autographing. You can pre-order your copy of the book today.Susan Tekulve In the Garden of Stone is a multi-generational tale about the nature of power and pride, love and loss, and how one impoverished family endures estrangement from their land and each other in order to unearth the rich seams of forgiveness. Via: Hub City Press, South Carolina Center for the Book