Eric Hoffer First Horizon Award for Life in the Neck New Friends

The Eric Hoffer Award was founded at the start of the 21st century to honor freethinking writers and independent books of exceptional merit.  The commercial environment for today’s writers has all but crushed the circulation of ideas.  It seems strange that in the Information Age, many books are blocked from wider circulation, and powerful writing is barred from publication or buried alive on the internet.  Furthermore, many of the top literary presses will not consider independent books, choosing instead to become the marketing arms of large presses.

The Hoffer honored books are from small, academic, and micro presses, including self-published offerings.  Today, small and academic presses struggle in this same environment.  The Hoffer will continue to be a platform for and the champion of the independent voice.  Winners of the Hoffer are given prizes, honors, and worldwide media exposure, as well as being covered in the US Review of Books.

Each year, the Eric Hoffer Award presents the First Horizon Award for superior work by debut authors.  The First Horizon Award was introduced in 2012.  Eric Hoffer Award Website

I’m proud to announce that Life in the Neck New Friends by Davies and Sikorsikia received the First Horizon Award with notification within the following email:

“Congratulations! Your title has won the First Horizon Award for the current Eric Hoffer Award season. The First Horizon Award is given each year to the highest scoring books by debut authors. This is a special distinction beneath the Eric Hoffer Award umbrella. (Your book is still being considered for category, press, and grand prizes.)”


A Dreadful Fairy Book, Jon Etter, Amberjack Publishing
Chicago 1871, James E. Merl, XlibrisUS
Defying the Verdict, Charita Cole Brown, Curbside Splendor Publishing
Gather & Make, Genevieve Layman, Azara
Life in the Neck, Diane Davies, Beaver’s Pond Press
Rosie, A Detroit Herstory, Bailey Sisoy Isgro, Nicole Lapointe (illustrator), Wayne State University Press
The Seven Gifts, The Sailor, Strange Land
The Sunshine Land, David Wedd, AuthorHouseUK
The Wonder That Was Ours, Alice Hatcher, Dzanc Books

Eric Hoffer First Horizon Award for Life in the Neck New Friends

LA Times Festival of Books

April 13 & 14, 2019 found the campus of USC in Los Angeles the site of the 2019 LA Times Festival of Books. Life in the Neck New Friends and Jeannie Ann’s Grandma Has Breast Cancer were both there in the Reader’s Magnet Booth.  On Saturday afternoon, I was also featured in the booth from 2:30 to 3:30 with a Book Signing of both books.  I met 100’s of people, passed out hundreds of bookmarks and signed a number of books.  It is always gratifying and heartwarming to see the smile spread across the face of the young reader as you hand then their autographed copy of the book.  Parents are a pleasure to visit with as well.


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The festival has over1000 booths selling millions of books and everything else that a reader/writer might need or want.  Food trucks, games and activities, writing materials, reading related t-shirts with great sayings, lemonade in shades of yellow, pink, and blue with fruit or without for anywhere from $6 to $8 and lots and lots of people in every size, shape and color.  What a learning experience it turned out to be! 

LA Times Festival of Books