Marylhurst faculty member Chuck Caruso received an Independent Publishers Award for Best Regional Fiction for his first novel, The Lawn Job, in April 2018.
Chuck Caruso will read from his award-winning work at Marylhurst University on Apr. 19, 2018. The Lawn Job was published by Cloud Lodge Books, a London-based independent house dedicated to publishing “daring literary works, unflinching speculative fiction and electrifying crime fiction.”
The Lawn Job, a crime thriller set in Portland, Oregon, was awarded the Bronze Medal in Best Regional Fiction (West-Pacific). Gold and silver medals in this category went to Ash Falls by Warren Read and Pitcher Plant: A Pacific Northwest Suspense by Melissa Eskue Ousley, respectively.
The winners of the 22nd Annual Independent Publisher Book Awards will be honored on May 29, 2018 at the Copacabana Club in New York City.
The annual IPPY Awards, launched in 1996, bring national recognition to deserving but often unsung titles published by independent authors and publishers. Thousands of exemplary independent, university and self-published titles are entered each year; only the best are recognized, in categories defined by genre and region. The IPPYs are broad-based, unaffiliated awards open to authors and publishers worldwide who produce books written in English and appropriate for the North American market.
In addition to the IPPYs, Independent Publishers also judges the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, the Illumination Book Awards, the Axiom Business Book Awards, the Living Now Awards and the eLit Awards.
Chuck Caruso teaches in the literature and writing program at Marylhurst University. He is a 19th-century Americanist and Poe scholar and author of dark genre fiction. Caruso has been published in numerous magazines and anthologies including Shroud, Dark Discoveries, Big Adios, Shotgun Honey, and Fires on the Plain.