The Independent Publishers Association awarded Telluride-based author R.J. (Bob) Rubadeau the Bronze Medal for Fiction in the Mountain West Region of the United States for his recently published (Beacon Hill, 2012) “The Fat Man: A Telluride Murder Mystery.” The prestigious international competition celebrates the Best Fiction and Best Non-Fiction books submitted by independent publishers from across the United States and around the world. Rubadeau said of the distinction:

“I am highly honored and proud that a genre noir-detective caper celebrating my home town of Telluride found a spot at the literary fiction podium.”

The 16th annual, 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards contest announced its medal selections at a press conference on May 5 in New York City. This year’s international entry totals were the largest ever, with 4,813 print book entries. IPPY medals were awarded to entrants from the United States, seven Canadian provinces, and 10 countries overseas.

“Independent publishers are growing in number, and the quality of their work is increasing each year,” says awards director Jim Barnes. “One element driving the high rate of excellence in independent and small press publishing is participation from our university presses. This year, 29 medalists came from university presses and nine came from museums. Their elevated level of writing, editing, design and production raises the bar and inspires us all.”

The medals will be presented at an awards banquet for the authors and publishers during the annual BookExpo America Convention at the Providence Hotel,  New York, Monday, June 4.

R. J. Rubadeau honed his communication skills in various shore-side occupations: university lecturer, grant writer, newspaper columnist, politician, speech-writer for an Alaskan governor – no, not that one! – public policy analyst, and 35 years as a professional political strategist. He is a frequent contributor to many international sailing magazines, a published novelist and non-fiction author, and an award winning poet. Rubadeau and his wife Mary, best friends and partners since their teens, live with their horses and a menagerie of animals at 10,000 feet in the Rocky Mountains near the town of Telluride, Colorado. They base Dog Star, the family’s historic 80-year-old ketch – and primary summer preoccupation – on Mt. Desert Island, Maine. Visit the author’s website at for more information.

Rubadeau won the 2011 Colorado Independent Publishers EVVY Gold Medal Award for his Telluride Murder Mystery series. He was recently named a finalist for the 2012 Tony Hillerman Mystery Award. His 2010 non-fiction memoir “Bound For Roque Island: Sailing Maine and the World,” was chosen as a “Top Ten” book  of the year for sailors and adventurers by Boating Writers International.

Beacon Hill Publishers can be found at  Box 3836 Telluride, CO  81435  Or call  970-708-1700.

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