Of the 28 vegan cookbooks submitted to the International Vegan Film Festival Vegan Cookbook Contest in 2023, Sharon Palmer’s The Plant-Powered Plan to Beat Diabetes (Union Square, May 2023) won second place.

Dr. Christopher Palmer’s book Brain Energy was a gold award-winner in the Psychology/Mental & Emotional Well-Being category for the 2023 Nautilus Book Awards and was a finalist in the 2023 Next Generation Indie Book Awards in the Health/Wellness category.

Four of John Hanc’s articles in Newsday were honored at the 2022 Press Club of Long Island Media Awards. His profile of Richard Schuster, “Soldiering on with his craft,” won First Place in the Narrative Profile category.

Changemaker Playbook: The New Physics of Leadership in a World of Explosive Change, by Henry F. De Sio, Jr. (Nicholas Brealey Publishing / Hachette Book Group), was the winner in the Business: General category of the 2022 International Book Awards. The book also picked up the Gold medal for best Nonfiction (General) Book from the 2022 Best Book Awards.

Raising Resilient Kids (Tyndale), by Rhonda Spencer-Hwang, DrPH, MPH, CW, recently won a Mom's Choice Award logoMom's Choice Award, which honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. “We are happy to award deserving books like Raising Resilient Kids,” said Dawn Matheson, CEO, Mom’s Choice Awards. “Our panel of judges really felt this book merited a place on our list of the best in family-friendly products that parents and educators can feel confident in using.” The book also won silver in the 2022 International Nautilus Awards in two separate Nautilus Silver Book Awardcategories, Parenting & Family and Rising to the Moment. 

From Survive to Thrive: Living Your Best Life with Mental Illness (John Hopkins University Press), by Margaret S. Chisolm, MD, with John Hanc, also won a silver 2022 Nautilus Award, in the Psychology/Mental & Emotional Well-Being category.

Changemaker Playbook, by Henry F. De Sio, Jr. (Hachette Book Group, 2021) won the 2022 Silver Award in the Business Ethics category given by the Axiom Business Book Awards.

Andrea Bonior, Ph.D., author of Detox Your Thoughts (Chronicle), won the 2021 Excellence in Teaching Award (adjunct category) given by the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, a division of the American Psychological Association. Her book received a starred review in the March 16 issue of Publishers Weekly.

Nincompoopery: Why Your Customers Hate You and How to Fix It, by John R. Brandt (Harper Leadership) won the 2020 Silver Award in the Business Theory category given by the Axiom Business Book Awards.

Pat Crocker’s book The Herbalist’s Kitchen (Sterling) won the Silver award for Health and Special Diet Cookbooks at the Taste Canada Awards.

Matt Durfee’s The Job Search Navigator (Agate) was an IPBA finalist in the Business/Career category.




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Runner‘s World recently featured sportswriter Johanna Garton and All in Stride: A Journey in Running, Courage and the Search for the American Dream, (Rowman & Littlefield, 2024), her book about Shadrack Kipchirchir and Elvin Kibet, a husband and wife duo balancing military life with elite distance running.

Maja Djikic, author of The Possible Self: A Leader's Guide to Personal Development (Berrett-Koehler Publisher. 2024), was selected for the 2024 Thinkers50 Radar List, published in collaboration with Deloitte. Announced every January, the Thinkers50 Radar identifies a cohort of 30 up-and-coming thinkers from around the world whose ideas have the potential to make an important impact on management thinking in the future. Djikic is an associate professor of organizational behaviour and human resource management at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

Peter Grinspoon, MD, author of Seeing Through The Smoke, was named one of the 30 Psychedelics Executives, Scientists & Influencers To Watch In 2024 And Beyond by Benzinga, the financial news website.

The Plant-Powered Plan to Beat Diabetes, by Sharon Palmer, MSFS, RDN, was listed by Forks Over Knives as one of “Our 12 Favorite Vegan Books of 2023.”

Michael Clinton, author of ROAR...into the Second Half of Your Life (Before It's Too Late)  (Beyond Words/Simon & Schuster, Fall 2021), helped broker a sponsorship deal between skin-care company Estée Laude and Stanford University’s Center on Longevity’s new Program on Aesthetics & Culture, to help fund a wide range of research activities to advance the understanding of perceptions on longevity and vitality.

Pedram Navab, DO, FAASM, the author of Sleep Reimagined: The Fast Track to a Revitalized Life, was on the panel of judges for the 2023 Sleep Awards in Health magazine, which selects the best products for sleep, including mattresses, pillows, sheets, masks, mists, serums, diffusers, and more.

Goodbye, Perfect: How to Stop Pleasing, Proving, and Pushing for Others...and Live for Yourself, by Homaira Kabir, was named one of “The Top 50 Psychology Books of 2023,” by The Next Big Idea Club.

What to Feed Your Baby and Toddler, by Nicole M. Avena, PhD, was named “8 of the Best Baby Books for New Parents” by

On October 1, ShadowMan (Berkley, 2022), by Ron Franscell, was named 2023's Best Nonfiction Book by the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards.

Lisa Young, PhD, author of Finally Full, Finally Slim, was named Nutritionist of the Year in the 2023 Fitness and Nutrition Awards presented by Global Health & Pharma Magazine.

What to Eat When You're Pregnant (Ten Speed Press, 2015), by Nicole Avena, PhD, was named one of The 14 Best Pregnancy Books of 2023 by

Bitty Martin’s Snake Eyes: Murder in a Southern Town (Prometheus, May 2022) was selected a 2023 Arkansas Gem by the Arkansas Center for the Book at the Arkansas State Library. 

Christmas on Nantucket (Globe Pequot, 2019), by Leslie Linsley, was chosen as one of The 13 Best Coffee Table Books of 2023 to Add Personality to Your Living Room by Better Homes & Gardens, the award-winning 100-year-old home and lifestyle brand with 360 million annual readers.

On February 28 The Denver Post reviewed Ron Franscell’s latest mystery novel, Deaf Row (WildBlue Press, February 2023): “The ‘Deaf Row’ boys show that age doesn’t interfere with action when it comes to solving a crime. The geezers soften the horrendous nature of the killings with their antics, including a line-up that begs to be part of a movie. Author Ron Franscell, who writes both fiction and nonfiction, creates an endearing group of old men in a gripping story of a psychotic killer.”

On January 16, Christopher Palmer, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and author of Brain Energy: A Revolutionary Breakthrough in Understanding Mental Health (Ben Bella, November 22), spoke about brain-boosting foods on Live with Kelly and Ryan. He was also interviewed for the award-winning Tim Ferriss Show podcast, which aired on November 10, 2022. Dr. Palmer was also featured on IVY Live November 29. A Barnes & Noble bestseller, Brain Energy is and was nominated in November for The Next Big Idea Club, curated by Susan Cain, Malcolm Gladwell, Adam Grant and Daniel Pink.

Worth it & Wonderful: Inspiration for Christian Women to Live Bravely & Boldly, by Caitlyn Scaggs (Church Publishing, 2023), was reviewed recently in Publishers Weekly: ”In this confident debut, Scaggs, executive manager of a nonprofit that fights human trafficking, empowers women to love themselves through God. While her tone is relentlessly encouraging, Scaggs’s candidness about the challenges of living in a society that often constrains women’s identities adds a sense of real utility to the advice. Believers will find inspiration in this appealing entry.”

Sharon Palmer, author of California Vegan (Globe Pequot, 2021) and The Plant-Powered Plan to Beat Diabetes (Union Square, May 2023). was on the panel of leading health experts who reviewed U.S. News Best Diets 2023.

High-Velocity Digital Marketing: Silicon Valley Secrets to Create Breakthrough Revenue in Record Time, by Steven Mark Kahan (BenBella, 2022), reached No. 4 on The Wall Street Journal‘s best-seller list and was 59th among Barnes & Noble's Top 100 bestsellers.

Sleep Reimagined: The Fast Track to a Revitalized Life, by Pedram Navab, MD (Countryman Press, December 2022), was included in a feature for Spirituality & Health Magazine, September/October issue.

In November 2022, Nancy Colier, LCSW, Rev., author of The Emotionally Exhausted Woman: Why You’re Feeling Depleted and How to Get What You Need (New Harbinger, 2022), led a weekend workshop “From Doing Self-Care to Being Self-Caring” at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

Hollowed Out: A Warning about America’s Next Generation,by Jeremy S. Adams (Regnery Publishing), was listed as a rising bestseller by Newsmax.

Sharon Palmer's book California Vegan (Globe Pequot, 2021), was named one of the Top 10 vegan cookbooks by Prevention magazine.

Body Aware: Rediscover Your Mind-Body Connection, Stop Feeling Stuck, and Improve Your Mental Health with Simple Movement Practices, by Erica Hornthal (North Atlantic, August 2022), was reviewed in Publisher’s Weekly: “This enjoyable guide by dance therapist Hornthal (My Body Talks) explores the healing powers of movement.... Her compassionate tone and inclusive approach make for a rewarding manual. Insightful and sensitive, this will delight the mindfulness crowd.” The book was also cited on BookBub as one of “12 New Nonfiction Books That Will Motivate and Inspire You.”

Bitty Martin, author of Snake Eyes: Murder in a Southern Town (Prometheus, May 2022), was a featured speaker at the Hot Springs [Arkansas} Book Festival, made the front page of the Hot Springs Sentinel-Record and was interviewed by journalist Dan Zupansky for his True Murder: The Most Shocking Killers podcast.

Kerry Hannon’s latest book, In Control at 50+: How To Succeed in the New World of Work (McGraw Hill, April 2022), was cited in the MarketWatch article “Looking for the best place to live in retirement? What all the lists do—and don’t—say.” Kerry also spoke on encore careers at Notre Dame and at the American Society on Aging Conference in New Orleans. She led an AARP Work & Jobs webinar, “Master Your Mindset to Successfully Secure the Job,” scheduled for May 26 at 7p.m. Eastern and Pacific Time. The webinar will also be broadcast as a Facebook event on the AARP Programs Facebook page.

Michael Clinton, former president and publishing director of Hearst Magazines and author of ROAR...into the Second Half of Your Life (Before It's Too Late)  (Beyond Words/Simon & Schuster, Fall 2021), was interviewed in March 2022 for Katie Couric Media, featured in her Wake Up newsletter: “Get Excited for Retirement! How To Start a New Chapter.” In September 2021, he was interviewed by Gayle King on CBS Mornings. Clinton and ROAR have also been featured by WGN Chicago, AARP, Forbes, Oprah Daily, Vogue, Esquire, Men's Health, Elle, Country Living, Town & Country, Good Housekeeping, Reuters, Shondaland, Entrepreneur, Women’s Wear Daily and World Economic Forum, among others. The book has gone into a second printing, and the latest Amazon rankings place it as #1 in Retirement Planning, #1 in Mid-Life Management, #2 in Motivational Self-Help and #12 for All Books.

Run Like a Pro (Even If You’re Slow) (Berkley, March 2022), by Matt Fitzgerald and Ben Rosario, was just featured in a roundup of “The Best Books for Runners” by Runner‘s World. In its February 2022 issue, Booklist, the review magazine for the American Library Association, call it an “insightful training guide” and say, “The authors do an admirable job of demystifying professionals’ best practices for recreational and competitive runners. Sure to be a popular addition for running collections.”

Nicole Avena, Ph.D., author of What to Eat When You Want to Get Pregnant (Kensington, April 2022), talks sugar on an episode of Jonathan Van Ness' new show Getting Curious, which debuts January 28 on Netflix.

From Burnout to Balance by Patricia Bannan (Harmony/Rodale, January 2022) is included in Prevention’s “The 20 Best Healthy Cookbooks for Nutritious Meals in 2022.”

Kerry Hannon, author of Great Pajama Jobs (Wiley, 2020), was named Senior Columnist for Yahoo Finance, covering work and jobs, entrpreneurship, retirement and other topics of interest for personal finance.Yahoo Finance is the largest personal finance site in the world, with a reach of 700 million.

In its starred review of ShadowMan: An Elusive Psycho Killer and the Birth of FBI Profiling (Berkely, March 2022), by award-winning bestselling true-crime writer Ron Franscell, Publisher's Weekly says, “Franscell’s portrait of rural Montana will remind many of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, and the way he weaves together the threads of the different killings is spellbinding. This is a must for Mindhunter fans.” Library Journal calls it “A thrilling book about the lengths to which investigators went to catch an elusive killer and a pivotal moment in the history of criminal investigation.” in Psychology Today, forensic psychologist, professor and author Katherine Ramsland writes, ShadowMan makes an important contribution to the history of profiling as well as a more gripping true-crime narrative than the popular fiction we see about profilers today.”

Former President and author Bill Clinton says of the forthcoming Snake Eyes: Murder in a Southern Town, by Bitty Martin (Prometheus, March 2022): Snake Eyes is a gripping true crime tale well-told—the story of a nice young girl lost far too soon and those determined to find the truth and get it out. It happened in the author's hometown, and mine, and played out against its culture of denial and decency, crassness and caring. There's a lot of real life here. Read it!”

Ali Nolan, author of Mastering the Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide for Women (Penguin, Fall 2021), was interviewed about her book by GMA's Amy Robach, herself a marathon runner. Her article on training early (timed to the NYC marathon) was published in Runner's World. Self included Mastering the Marathon in its 2021 holiday gift guide for runners.

Brian Kateman, author of The Reducetarian Cookbook, was quoted in the May 20 issue of The New York Times in an article titled “The Rise of the Climaterian.”

Marni Jameson, author of What to Do with Everything You Own to Leave the Legacy You Want (The Experiment, June 2021) recently addressed the Venice (Fla.) Golf & Country Club, whose general manger said, "Marni was amazing! Informative with just the right touch of humor—loved it! Can't wait to have her back!"

The Library Journal’s review of Dr. James Zender's Recovering from Your Car Accident (R&L, October 2020) said that “with empathy and compassion, Dr. Zender explains how to conquer the multitide of challenges that often result from auto accidents.” Dr. Zender's comments were featured on Katie Couric's Wake-Up Call newsletter.

Michelle Braun's High-Octane Brain (Sterling, Sept. 2020) received a starred review from Library Journal, which called the book "essential" and “an informative resource.”

Tom Holland, author of Micro-Workout Plan (Sterling, March 2020), launched his new podcast, "Fitness Disrupted," on iHeart Radio, with Bowflex as a major sponsor

Tanya Carroll Richardson is writing a monthly column for Spirit and Destiny magazine (UK). Her Year of Self-Love page-a-day calendar for 2021 was published by Workman.

An excerpt from My Parent’s Keeper: The Guilt, Grief, Guesswork and Unexpected Gifts of Caregiving, by Jody Gastfriend, appears on, called “Why I Adored My Father's Mistress."

Linda Konner’s schedule of writers’ conferences and other events

Linda participated in phone and Zoom consultations with members of ASJA (American Society of Jurnalists and Authors) on May 24th and 25th as part of ASJA's annual writers' conference.