Fireside Industries Wins Two IPPY Awards

Fireside Industries, the literary imprint of Hindman Settlement School in partnership with the University Press of Kentucky, is pleased to announce two recent titles have received recognition through Independent Publisher Book Awards, commonly known as IPPYs.

Silver Award for Regional Non-Fiction: For The Hog Killing, 1979 (Berry)

Tanya Berry reveals intimate, expressive moments: the teams of young men hoisting animals by physical strength onto a gambrel and wagon for butchering, women grinding meat and mixing sausage and readying hams for preservation, and the solidarity of human beings coming together in reverence for the food they would eat, the lives and bodies which would be taken, and those which would be strengthened. Here, in the resulting photographs, published for the first time, the American agrarian tradition is shown at its most harmonious, with strong men and women toiling with shared purpose towards a common wealth.


Bronze Award for Literary Fiction: Even As We Breathe (Clapsaddle)

Even As We Breathe, the debut novel by Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, invokes the elements of bone, blood, and flesh as protagonist Cowney navigates difficult social, cultural, and ethnic divides. Betrayed by the friends he trusted, he begins to unearth deeper mysteries as he works to prove his innocence and clear his name. This richly written debut novel explores the immutable nature of the human spirit and the idea that physical existence, with all its strife and injustice, will not be humanity’s lasting legacy.


The awards are intended to bring increased recognition to the thousands of exemplary independent, university, and self-published titles produced each year, and reward those who exhibit the courage, innovation, and creativity to bring about change in the world of publishing.

“For 25 years, the IPPY Awards have showcased the best books from throughout North America, ” said Josh Mullins, Senior Director of Program Development and Implementation for Hindman Settlement School. “These titles, along with all the works from Fireside Industries, aim to break new ground and bring about change, not only to the world of publishing, but to provide greater context and understanding to the Appalachian region.”