Jewish Novel Wins Two Gold Medal Book Awards

The Wayward Moon, a historical novel set in ninth-century Babylonia and written by Israeli author Janice Weizman, took first place in the historical fiction category for both the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY Awards) and the Midwest Book Awards. The Wayward Moon was published in August 2012 by Yotzeret Publishing, a Jewish-themed book publisher in St. Paul, Minnesota.


The IPPY Awards are open to authors and publishers worldwide who produce books written in English and intended for the North American market. The awards began in 1996 to bring increased recognition to the thousands of exemplary independent titles produced each year, and reward those who exhibit the courage, innovation, and creativity to bring about change in the world of publishing. Over 5000 books were submitted for this year’s awards. The awards ceremony to honor the medalists took place on May 29th in New York, on the eve of the BookExpo America convention.

The 23rd Annual Midwest Book Awards winners were announced at a gala event on Wednesday evening, May 8, at the Bloomington Center for the Arts, Bloomington, Minnesota. The competition attracted 187 books, entered in 44 categories, from 75 publishers in the twelve-state Midwestern region.

The Wayward Moon received critical acclaim by book review journals such as Publishers Weekly and ForeWord Reviews, which wrote, “The Wayward Moon is a magnificent piece of historical fiction and a startlingly beautiful portrayal of a strong woman.”

Yotzeret Publishing has been publishing both adult and children’s books written from a Jewish perspective since 2003. Over 83% of their books are award-winners.

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