Author GP HUTCHINSON

2016 Western Fictioneers Peacemaker Award Winner

Author GP HUTCHINSON - 2016 Western Fictioneers Peacemaker Award Winner

Readers’ Favorite Awards 2016

Taking the Old West to the Miami International Book Fair

GP Hutchinson autographing copies of his Westerns at the Reader's Favorite booth at the 2016 Miami International Book Fair

GP Hutchinson autographing copies of his Westerns at the Reader’s Favorite booth at the 2016 Miami International Book Fair

You find Old West fans and enthusiasts in the most unlikely places. Well, perhaps not so unlikely. Westerns are a whole lot more popular than a lot of folks realize.

It was my great privilege and pleasure to attend the 2016 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards ceremony last weekend. The gala took place in conjunction with the Miami International Book Fair. At this year’s event, Readers’ Favorite honored Strong Suspicions (Emmett Strong Western #2) with their Gold Medal in the Fiction – Western category.

The 2016 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest featured thousands of contestants from over a dozen countries. I personally enjoyed the chance to visit with authors from Israel, the UK, and Australia, as well as from across the US. Many were quite enthusiastic about Strong Suspicions.

Strong Suspicions is honored at the 2016 Readers' Favorite Book Awards gala.

Strong Suspicions is honored at the 2016 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards gala.

How Big Is Readers’ Favorite?

Readers’ Favorite has become the fastest growing book review and award contest site on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the “Best Websites for Authors” and “Honoring Excellence” awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.

In addition to reviewing for some of the biggest names in the literary industry, as well as the first time independent author, they host a respected award contest which features entries from new authors to NYT best-sellers, including celebrities such as Jim Carrey and Henry Winkler.

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The Ongoing Popularity of Westerns

So why are Westerns appealing to an organization such as Readers’ Favorite?Offering high action in a wild and rugged setting, Westerns plumb the depths of themes that are still front-page material in today’s news–ethnic tension, women’s struggles, and trying to make sense of life in a rapidly changing world. It’s no wonder that, even in tropical Miami, many folks attending such a huge book fair are still enthusiasts of the genre.

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  • Eddie Price says:

    Hi, GP

    My photos from the RF Awards are up (in three albums.) Please feel free to use any of them–there is a good one of you and me. I had a chance to read through your books. Easy to see how you won a medal! I am retired high school and college history teacher and could tell you did your research. (Also a gun enthusiast.) You did your homework!

    November 28, 2016 at 12:21 PM
    • GP Hutchinson says:

      Hi, Eddie,

      Sorry to take so long to respond. First, let me say what a great event RF put on down in Miami. Thank you very much for your hard work and for the warm welcome. I very much enjoyed our conversations, and your presentation was chock full of helpful pointers.

      Thank you, also, for the kind words about the Emmett Strong novels. So glad you enjoyed them.

      Hope to see you again at future events. Meanwhile, all the best to you!

      GPH

      December 7, 2016 at 9:25 PM

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