Rubadeau won for The Fat Man: A Telluride Murder Mystery, published by Beacon Hill Publishers in 2012.
“I am highly honored and proud that a genre noir-detective caper celebrating my home town of Telluride found a spot at the literary fiction podium,” Rubadeau said.
The 16th annual, 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards contest announced its medal selections at a press conference on May 5 in New York City. This year's international entry totals were the largest ever, with 4,813 print book entries. IPPY medals were awarded to entrants from the United States, seven Canadian provinces, and ten countries overseas.
"Independent publishers are growing in number, and the quality of their work is increasing each year," says awards director Jim Barnes. "One element driving the high rate of excellence in independent and small press publishing is participation from our university presses. This year, 29 medalists came from university presses and nine came from museums. Their elevated level of writing, editing, design and production raises the bar and inspires us all."
The medals will be presented at an awards banquet for the authors and publishers during the annual BookExpo America Convention in New York City on Monday, June 4.
R. J. Rubadeau has honed his communication skills in various occupations: university lecturer, grant writer, newspaper columnist, politician, speech-writer for an Alaskan governor (No, not Sarah Palin!), public policy analyst, and 35 years as a professional political strategist.
He is a frequent contributor to many international sailing magazines, a published novelist and non-fiction author, and is also an award winning poet. He is married to Mary Rubadeau, the former superintendent of the Telluride Public School District.
Rubadeau won the 2011 Colorado Independent Publishers EVVY Gold Medal Award for his Telluride Murder Mystery series and was recently named a finalist for the 2012 Tony Hillerman Mystery Award. His 2010 non-fiction memoir Bound For Roque Island: Sailing Maine and the World was chosen as a “Top Ten” book of the year for sailors and adventurers by Boating Writers International.