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Announcing the BHC Press 2021 Pushcart Prize Nominees

BHC Press is pleased to announce their six contenders for the 2021 Pushcart Prize. This prestigious award is highly regarded by the trade for their commitment in honoring small and independent presses’ outstanding books and writers.

The awards have been in existence since 1976 and are awarded each fall. The upcoming 2021 awards are for works published in 2020.

Congratulations to all our authors and their outstanding nominations for the 2021 Pushcart Prize!

Our 2021 Pushcart Nominee Titles

Whiteland by Rosie Cranie-Higgs

In a Swiss mountain village, Kira’s winter holiday erupts when something in the woods imbeds its claws into her sister. Kira will have to hunt for answers in the otherworldly forest known as Whiteland, where nothing’s as it seems.

Praise for Whiteland:

“takes readers down a terror-filled rabbit hole in the Swiss Alps. This powerful series launch will haunt readers well after they’re done reading.” — Publishers Weekly

“…an incredible and immensely fascinating novel that draws on Norwegian and Scandinavian folklore to create an illusory, darkly fantastical and dreamlike tale that is highly unique in its narration and genre…morbidly delightful!” — Muskoka Style Magazine

Range of Light by Scott Neuffer

Three strangers meet at Yosemite’s famed Mist Trail: a disillusioned investment banker, a Chinese dissident artist escaping persecution, and a middle-aged woman trying to rebuild her life after divorce. By day’s end, two of them will be dead.

Praise for Range of Light:

“a beautifully-written book…Neuffer has great chops…” — LibraryThing Early Reviewers

Trailer Baby by Kathryn Sanoden Pearson

When a psychologist discovers her teen daughter is pregnant, her shaky life becomes more so. But, when she learns the father is one of her patient’s sons, things take an even stranger turn. A refreshingly honest, uplifting story of hope and healing.

Praise for Trailer Baby:

“so good I read it in a day…a marvelous debut…” — Shelley’s Book Nook

“I absolutely fell in love with this book! I felt like I immediately knew and connected with the characters in a way I had never connected before…”    — Ashley’s Bookish Blog

Stel Parad by Lisa Menzel

Chicago 1845: A jaded I&M Canal gravedigger witnesses mysterious events and soon learns the whole town is cursed. As revengeful deaths and visitations from unsettled spirits plague the town, the Hughes and encamping Native American tribe must use their medicine and magic as a barrier to save themselves from the unholiest of brotherhoods.

Praise for Stel Parad:

“A very powerful story! The fact that it is inspired by real events that occurred during the construction of the I&M Canal in Chicago makes it even more disturbing…” — Giovanni Bonura, Film composer (Reliving Marilyn)

“incredibly evocative…brilliant.” — Matthew Bird, Producer (Fortitude/The Musketeers)

Shelter: Lost & Found by R.A. Conroy

After saving a stray dog from a street gang, a homeless teen finds a home at an animal shelter and meets an eccentric group of misfits. As she helps to save the sinking shelter, she learns it’s possible to change the world.

Praise for Shelter: Lost & Found:

“This book became an instant favourite of mine. I couldn’t put it down and I know for certain that this story will stay with me…a story that is worth being in my, and everyone’s, shelves.” — LibraryThing Early Reviewers

“a wonderfully crafted story of rescue and hope, both animal and human…the story was so captivating that it was hard to put it down.” — Cindy Carver, NetGalley Reviewer

Alina: A Song for the Telling by Malve von Hassell

Fourteen-year-old Alina refuses to accept the oppressing life her strict aunt wants to impose upon her. Seizing an opportunity to escape, she and her brother embark on a journey through the Byzantine Empire all the way to Jerusalem. Embroiled in political intrigue of the noble courts she fights to realize her dream of becoming a female troubadour.

Praise for Alina: A Song for the Telling:

“I was indeed hooked with the first chapter…a captivating and excellent evocation of the society of the time [12th Century]. A middle grade historical novel I would recommend to all lovers of history, young and older.” — Words and Peace

“a sincere attempt to bring the time of the crusades into greater focus.” — Historical Novel Society

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