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Jennifer Baum, founder and publisher of Scribe Publishing Company, has been named chair of the 30th Annual Midwest Book Awards.

The awards program, which began in 1989, is organized by the Midwest Independent Publishers Association (MIPA).

Baum’s first order of business, taking place over the next several weeks, will be to assemble a team of approximately 100 judges who are subject matter experts in their categories and experienced in publishing. Judges will hail from throughout MIPA’s 12-state region: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

2019 award categories are currently being finalized. Past program years have attracted more than 200 entries in over 30 categories.

Baum hopes to grow the awards program by at least 25 percent this year.

“Having worked with Jennifer during the past two years, I’ve learned that she is a go-getter with great ideas. The board is pleased to have her take the lead in promoting this important recognition for authors and publishers in the region,” said Dr. Suzzanne Kelley, president of MIPA and publisher at North Dakota State University Press.

Prior to establishing Scribe Publishing Company in 2011, Baum, 38, held communications roles within chambers of commerce and other membership-based organizations. She is eager to apply expertise from past experience directly to current challenges at MIPA.

From 2015-2018, Baum served on MIPA’s executive board, and from 2017-2018 she served as interim treasurer and updated the organization’s accounting procedures.

“When I joined MIPA, I hoped to help grow the association’s presence in Michigan,” Baum said. “My new role as chair of the Midwest Book Awards gives me the chance to work with the board to grow the association across the entire 12-state region.”

Deadline for entries is December 31, 2019. More information will be released in the coming weeks regarding judge selection and updated entry categories. Check for entry details.


About the Midwest Book Awards

Independent publishers in the Midwest are invited to submit entries for books published in 2019. All entries must have a 2019 copyright and an ISBN. Eligible publishers must be located in MIPA’s 12-state area: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. For more information, visit

Mel Corrigan has joined the Independent Book Publisher Association’s (IBPA’s) Advocacy Committee. The position began July 1, 2019.

The national committee is tasked with identifying, prioritizing and developing strategies to address issues of concern to independent publishers.

Read about it in The Oakland Press here.

Our business manager, Mel Corrigan, sat down with the host of Indie Reads TV to talk about independent publishing and authors. Thanks, Pages Promotions, LLC, for inviting Mel on the show.

We’re pleased to announce our 2018 titles continue to receive recognition from the greater publishing community:

Under The Radar Michigan: The Next 50 by Tom Daldin, Jim Edelman and Eric Tremonti was awarded a bronze medal in Best Regional Nonfiction, Great Lakes, from the 2019 Independent Publisher Book Awards.

Under The Radar Michigan: The Next 50 is also a finalist in the Recreation/Sports/Travel category in the 29th Annual Midwest Book Awards (gold or silver designation on May 4, 2019).

Jazzy Vegetarian’s Deliciously Vegan by Laura Theodore is a finalist in the Cookbooks/Crafts/Hobbies category in the 29th Annual Midwest Book Awards (gold or silver designation on May 4, 2019).

Jazzy Vegetarian’s Deliciously Vegan was also awarded a silver medal in Cover Design – Large Format from the IBPA’s 2019 Benjamin Franklin book awards.

Scribe Publishing Company’s “Jazzy Vegetarian’s Deliciously Vegan” has been announced a finalist in the prestigious IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards program, which recognizes excellence and innovation in independent publishing.

The awards program includes over fifty categories recognizing excellence in book editorial and design. Jazzy Vegetarian’s Deliciously Vegan is a finalist in the “cover design – large format” category.

“The mission of the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards is simple: to recognize excellence and innovation in independent publishing,” said IBPA CEO Angela Bole. “Unlike many other award programs, the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards demand both editorial and design excellence and entrants are judged independently on both.”

Winners will be announced in April. The full list of finalists is available here.


Plant-Powered Recipes for the Modern, Mindful Kitchen

By Laura Theodore

Delicious vegan meals are fun to prepare in your own home kitchen with Laura Theodore’s highly anticipated new cookbook, Jazzy Vegetarian’s Deliciously Vegan: Plant-Powered Recipes for the Modern, Mindful Kitchen. This modern guide to vegan eating is a 320-page cookbook featuring Laura’s masterful recipes (many from her award-winning PBS television show) and includes beautiful full-color photos on nearly every page.

In addition to over 175 flavor-packed, plant-based recipes, Laura helps readers learn what it takes to stock and cook on a daily basis in a well-equipped vegan kitchen, with these essential Top Ten lists:

  • Ingredients to have on hand at all times in your pantry
  • Effective egg substitutions for baking
  • Delicious options for making vegan cheese and cream
  • Two-ingredient recipes
  • Herbs and spices to always keep in your kitchen

From simple snack ideas to enticing entrées to mouthwatering desserts, Jazzy Vegetarian’s Deliciously Vegan features delectable main dish recipes like Teriyaki Kebabs, Sunny Black Bean Burgers and Gingered Portobello Steaks. Crowd-pleasing party foods include Guacamole Mini Peppers, Chili-Maple Almonds and Miso Hummus. Vegan Burritos with Tofu Queso Fresca, Golden Cashew Milk and Seitan Fajitas round out diverse dinner menus. And for dessert, Laura has plenty of scrumptious sweets to choose from, like Lively-Lemon Cupcakes, Sweet Potato Pie and Divine Chocolate Mousse Cake.

Highlighting holiday entertaining to everyday ideas for preparing quick and delectable plant-based meals for the family, Laura Theodore’s Jazzy Vegetarian’s Deliciously Vegan is the ultimate guide for the vegan home chef.

Published by Scribe Publishing Company and retailing for $22.95, Jazzy Vegetarian’s Deliciously Vegan is the companion cookbook to season six of the hit cooking show, Jazzy Vegetarian, airing now (check local listings), and it will be in stores March 15th, 2018. (ISBN: 978-0991602155, Trim Size: 8×9)

Laura Theodore

We’re proud to announce our newest author is Laura Theodore, host of the PBS cooking series Jazzy Vegetarian. Laura’s forthcoming cookbook will be the companion publication to the show’s sixth season, airing this fall on national Public Television and Create networks. The book will be released in March 2018.

Following Scribe Publishing Company Publisher Jennifer Baum’s two-year term on the Midwest Independent Publishing Association (MIPA)’s board of directors, where her main role was to serve as the liaison to the national Independent Book Publisher’s Association (IBPA), she has been named treasurer to MIPA.

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