• Bywater books is a lesbian-run publishing company and won multiple awards for its works.

Local Lesbian Publishing Company Rakes in Multiple Awards

BTL Staff
By | 2018-05-09T13:41:50-04:00 May 9th, 2018|Michigan, News|

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Bywater Books is a small lesbian press company that has been awarded a list of several awards for its 2017 titles. Founded in 2004, Bywater Books’ titles are available in print, ebook, and audiobook formats and cover everything in the genre of coming of age lesbian fiction. Just last year, the company published 14 books, for which it won four Independent Publisher Book Awards, two Best Book of the Year awards in two categories from the Delaware Press Association, it secured two Foreword Independent Book Awards finalists, two Lambda Literary Award finalists and one finalist for the Triangle Publishing Awards.
The eight-person team is headed by publisher Salem West, and has published titles by such authors as Rachel Spangler, Hilary Zaid and Lisa Gitlin. When asked how the company goes about choosing its variety of authors and topics, West said that it’s all about the looking for excellence — in whatever form it comes in.
“Bywater Books has long pursued quality and diversity in the literature we publish,” West said. “We know that lives are enriched when our lesbian stories are read, and it is clear that mainstream awards like the IPPYs help us to reach a widening world of readers.”
For more information about Bywater Books, visit bywaterbooks.com.

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