ABOUT THE AWARDS FOLK
Our book awards team consists of three full-time employees as well as a part-timer to help with the massive influx of books around deadlines (read more about us below). We'd like to thank all the entrants who have made our work possible over the last twenty-some years. Cheers to another year of promoting your excellent books!
JIM BARNES, AWARDS DIRECTOR
Awards Director and beloved IPPY Hippie Jim Barnes has been with the awards since the second year, passionately promoting indie books - and thoroughly enjoying every minute of it. As the grandson of a bookseller and the son of a librarian, you could say books are in his blood. When he is not managing the awards and judging entries, he is working hard on the farm he shares with his wife Ruthie - currently home to four horses, nine dogs, and twelve cats.
AMY SHAMROE, AWARDS COORDINATOR
Awards Coordinator Amy Shamroe has been helping run the show since 2007, when she left full- time bookselling at a local independent store to join the book awards team. Over the last ten years, she has been actively involved in initiating and overseeing many of the changes that have kept the awards current and relevant to the industry. She puts in long hours managing the flow of the entries and judging books, and managing the Facebook page. When she is not reading, she is working for the community as a City Commissioner in our beautiful town of Traverse City, Michigan, or heading up one of the many organizations she belongs to, like the local Friends of the Library.
LAUREN WHITE, AWARDS ACCOUNT MANAGER
Lauren White started as an intern back in 2013 after earning degrees in English and History at University of Michigan. In her three years with the awards team, she has helped judge books, manage the awards websites and Twitters, and aid publishers in the entry process. As Awards Account Manager and Assistant Editor of IP, she now lives in New York City, where she is closer to the publishing action.
KIM ROSS, BOOK AWARDS PROCESSOR
Kim Ross heroically unpacks and shelves all of your beautiful books as the resident book awards processor. She got started in the book world early, working at the beautiful Davis-Kidd Booksellers (RIP) down in Nashville. After a stint in a branch store in Jackson, Tennessee, Kim got homesick and returned to Traverse City, where she worked at Borders until the bitter end. She did a few more brief stints in bookstores and libraries before ending up with us, where she puts her copious experience to good use!