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Celebrating CamCat Books’ 2023 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards Finalists

Celebrating CamCat Books’ 2023 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards Finalists

By CamCat Books Date: March 13, 2024 Tags: Company News

We’re so proud to share the following CamCat Books’ titles that are 2023 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards Finalists.

Over 2,400 entries spanning 55 genres were submitted to Foreword’s editorial team for consideration. Librarians and booksellers nationwide will now judge the Finalists. Winners will be announced in June 2024.

The complete list of Finalists can be found at: 

“I am deeply impressed by the scope and range of books submitted this year. Each Finalist represents a significant contribution to the literary landscape and underscores the crucial role that independent authors and publishers play, ensuring a steady flow of diverse and thought-provoking content. The INDIES not only honors outstanding literary achievements but also helps to qualify and connect these exceptional books with librarians and booksellers alike,” said Christopher Nesbit, INDIES Award Director.

“Part of the INDIES joy for me is rediscovering so many fantastic books that didn’t get the attention they deserved when first released or were too quickly forgotten. This best of 2023 competition will once again put the spotlight on what makes indie publishing the soul of the book industry,” shared Matt Sutherland, Executive Editor.


2023 Finalist for Mystery:

Books focused on solving an unexplained crime, especially a murder, theft, kidnapping. The protagonist often faces inexplicable threats and unknown forces and antagonists.

“With this unique mystery, Bishop offers a fun, if murderous way to explore fate, free will, divine intervention, and science.” Library Journal

“[A] fast-paced, high-tension, steamy murder mystery. Recommended for mystery readers with an interest in astrology or historical astronomy.” Booklist

“Well-drawn characters, an action-packed plot, and Bobby’s complicated love life keep the pages turning. Readers will be eager to see what Bishop does next.” Publishers Weekly



2023 Finalist for Humor:

Books that present a multitude of topics in a comical or satirical manner. Such books may use wit to comment on society and other traditionally serious issues such as the economy, politics, and family life.

“Raney’s smart, silly, and surprisingly heartfelt debut . . . is thoroughly entertaining and utterly delightful.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“VERDICT Zinging one-liners, familiar superhero tropes with hilarious twists, and defying the world’s expectations to be your authentic self combine to make this an appealing tale for older teens and adults.” Library Journal, Starred Review

“Raney's debut is a blast [and] inventive as all get out . . .” Booklist, Starred Review



2023 Finalist for Thriller & Suspense:

Suspense novels and thrillers are tense, exciting, often sensational works with ingenious plotting, swift action, and continuous suspense. Unlike mysteries, thrillers are dominated by action in which physical threat is a constant companion, and a hero (i.e., Jason Bourne) is pitted against a nefarious villain.

“[A] perfectly drawn psychological horror . . . that fans of the grotesque should relish.” Library Journal

“This is adventure horror done right!” —Cynthia Pelayo, Bram Stoker Award nominated author of Children of Chicago 

“The serpentine trails that twist and twine throughout Alexander James’ towering debut all lead to one destination: absolute terror.” —Clay McLeod Chapman, author of Ghost Eaters



2023 Finalists for Science Fiction:

Books that, although scientifically plausible, feature futuristic technology that does not currently exist. They often blend scientific and fictional elements. Science fiction novels depict distant worlds and futuristic technologies that propel readers away from the here and now and yet provoke contemplation of contemporary issues.

“Holmes crafts a twisty thriller with conspiracies to spare . . . this is a rollicking science-fiction thriller that will please fans of Andy Weir.” Shelf Awareness 

“A cantankerous octogenarian astronaut finds himself in over his head when he accidentally stumbles across a deadly secret hidden on the surface of the moon . . . An action-packed thriller perfect for fans of Andy Weir and Jack McDevitt.” Kirkus Reviews

“This space mystery is a page-turner rooted in its convincing and compelling protagonists and their well-written relationships . . . Sf fans will enjoy this rich novel full of good world building, mysterious space intrigue, and dry humor.” Booklist


“A thoughtful read perfect for this moody season.” Wall Street Journal

“Karma of the Sun is a not-to-miss debut from a ridiculously talented newcomer.” Locus Magazine

“Fans of a post-apocalyptic world that is not a crushingly dystopian one should check this one out.” —Booklist, Starred Review