Princess Monori at the IPPY Awards in NYC!

Princess Monori Wins Recognition

I am honored to have represented Our Golden Hour (OGH) in accepting an IPPY bronze medal for Princess Monori at the  2017 Independent Publisher Book Awards. The  IPPY awards ceremony was held at the Copacabana nightclub, New York City, on May 30.

Princess Monori IPPY award--Beth Walker accepting on behalf of OGH
Princess Monori IPPY Award 2017

2017 IPPY Award

The IPPYs honor the best of university and small presses, along with independently published books. The program began in 1996, and is perhaps the most prestigious of the independent award programs.  Princess Monori is one of the 5,500 entries in this year’s international competition. Awards are given in a number of categories. Princess Monori is a bronze medalist in the category of multi-cultural non-fiction for children and young adults. For more about the group and the awards, for details, please check

It was delightful to participate in the celebration of such creative work. I was lucky enough to meet others who were writing multi-cultural literature, including  J.J. Amaworo Wilson, author of Damnificados, and K. Riva Levinson, who wrote Choosing the Hero: My Improbable Journey and the Rise of Africa’s First Woman President.

Daughters of the King and Queen of the Gods
Daughters of the King and Queen of the Gods

International Recognition

Having Princess Monori recognized at an international awards ceremony underscores the importance of

  • our work with indigenous peoples;
  • our efforts to help preserve their endangered languages, stories, and cultures. The book is written in their native language and reflects their culture and their lives
  • our initiatives to reach children in marginalized communities have never seen children’s books. With the books we publish and distribute, children in these communities can read their first children’s book.
  • our goals in empowering communities through education. These books help children succeed by fostering a love of learning and pride in their identity.

This is the first international book award for Our Golden Hour. Princess Monori also received an award from the Colorado Author’s League. We plan to publish and distribute three more children’s books in 2017. With your support, we hope to publish even more books this year. Stay tuned.


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