Misko's PATH OF THE WIND wins award, heads over to audio
Garden City Park, NY: James Misko's novel, The Path of the Wind (ISBN: 978-0-7570-0444-5, $17.95 USD / $25.95 CAN), has won the Nautilus Book Award for Best Fiction. This is the newest award for Misko's book, which took 1st Place in the 2018 Feathered Quill Book Awards for Adult Fiction and received First Place Honorable Mention at the Los Angeles Book Festival that same year. He won his first Feathered Quill Award for Fiction in 2016 with his acclaimed novel As All My Fathers Were , which also won a Nebraska Book of the Year Award; the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award; and the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Adult Fiction in 2015.
The Path of the Wind is the fifth novel written by Misko since his debut work, For What He Could Become, was published in 2004. In its review, the Midwest Book Review declared Misko "a truly gifted novelist with a genuine flair for creating deftly created and memorable characters" while it recognized Path as "a consistently entertaining and highly recommended addition to community library General Fiction collections." It has also been embraced within the library market by none other than Nancy Pearl, whose own annual book contest with the Pacific Northwest Writers Association (PNWA) named The Path of the Wind as one of only three finalists for the Nancy Pearl Award last year in the "Literary / Mainstream" category.
As much as Misko enjoys seeing his work positively reviewed and honored with awards, what matters most to him is his strong and always-growing fan base. Misko has appeared at more than 70 book signing events over the past few years in several cities across Alaska, California, and Nebraska. Events have taken place at an array of Barnes & Noble locations, along with "brick 'n mortar" stores; many CostCo and Sam's Club stores; WalGreen drugstores; and various airport bookstores across the US. In 2017, Misko gave the Keynote Address and taught a writing workshop at the Southern California Writers Conference; and in April 2018, he gave another Keynote Address and taught another writing workshop at the Nebraska Writers Conference (along with Square One's publisher, Rudy Shur, who appeared in support of an updated "Second Edition" of his own book, How to Publish Your Nonfiction Book).
In addition, all five of Misko's novels have recently been put into audio book production by Square One directly through the increasingly popular ACX.com site—three of Misko's novels (The Path of the Wind, For What He Could Become, and The Most Expensive Mistress in Jefferson County) will be narrated by Edison McDaniels, while the other two (As All My Fathers Were, The Cut of Pride) are being voiced by Pat O'Brien. The audio editions of Misko's novels should all be available by this summer for digital download purchase exclusively through Audible.com, Amazon, and iTunes (Apple).
Speaking of this summer, Misko will do several "in person" store events for all five of his novels at Mosquito Books in the Anchorage International Airport over a range of time that will stretch from May to August. He will also appear at a handful of other Anchorage events at the local Barnes & Noble store and Fireside Books in Alaska's nearby city of Palmer.
Never one to let the time pass too idly, Misko is in the final stages of completing his sixth novel (tentative title: Tomorrow Is My Day). All of his novels, including The Path of the Wind, are available wherever books are sold.
Square One is proud to share news of Mr. Misko's newest award, and congratulates him on this continued recognition of achievement.