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Ryan White Book Named Gold Winner in Foreward Reviews' INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards

July 5, 2016

Indianapolis—An Indiana Historical Society (IHS) Press book honoring the legacy of Ryan White has been recognized as a gold winner in the 18th annual Foreward Reviews' INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards. The Quiet Hero: A Life of Ryan White by Nelson Price was named a gold winner in the Young Adult Nonfiction Category. 

"IHS Press is proud that its book on the influential life of Hoosier Ryan White has been honored by Foreword Reviews," said Ray Boomhower, interim senior director at IHS Press. "We are pleased that his story can be told to a new generation who may have forgotten about his battle for acceptance. We need more courageous people such as Ryan in this world."

The Quiet Hero explores the courage White and his mother, Jeanne, displayed in their battle to have the 13-year-old boy rejoin his classmates after being diagnosed with AIDS in 1985. White's diagnosis came after receiving contaminated blood-based products used to treat his hemophilia.

"Ryan became the 'face' of young people with AIDS in the country because he was such an effective communicator, whether speaking to an assembly of thousands of attendees, a national TV audience or just one-on-one with a peer," said author Nelson Price. "He taught tolerance during an era of panic when tolerance was desperately needed."

This is the second award for The Quiet Hero: A Life of Ryan White. Earlier this year, it received one of the highest national honors in independent publishing. It was a gold medalist in the Independent Book Publishers Association's (IBPA's) 2016 Benjamin Franklin Book Awards. 

A full list of Foreward Reviews' INDIEFAB winners is available at indiefab.forewardreviews.com/winners/2015. For more information about IHS Press and other IHS resources, call (317) 232-1882 or visit indianahistory.org.

About Foreword Reviews

Foreword Magazine, Inc is a media company featuring a Folio:-award-winning quarterly print magazine, Foreword Reviews, and a website devoted to independently published books. In the magazine, they feature reviews of the best 170 new titles from independent publishers, university presses and noteworthy self-published authors. Their website features daily updates: reviews along with in-depth coverage and analysis of independent publishing from a team of more than 100 reviewers, journalists and bloggers. The print magazine is available at most Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million newsstands or by subscription. You can also connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest. They are headquartered in Traverse City, Mich.

About the Indiana Historical Society

Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller™, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving and sharing the state’s history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation’s premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor experiences called the Indiana Experience. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups; publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; produces and hosts art exhibitions, museum theater and outside performance groups; and provides youth, adult and family programs. IHS is a Smithsonian Affiliate and a member of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.