The Hour of Daydreams wins gold!

The Hour of Daydreams, the debut novel by Renee Macalino Rutledge of Alameda, has won a gold award in the 20th annual Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards in the multicultural category.

The Hour of Daydreams, a stunningly original novel, reimagines a Filipino folk tale, and is now available at bookstores throughout the Bay Area and across the U.S. In a recent review for Literary Mama, reviewer Janet Irvin said, “In The Hour of Daydreams, Rutledge has crafted an exquisitely haunting tale that astounds and confounds, that invites the reader to enter a fabulistic world in search of ordinary truth. Readers who admire stories based on legend, tales that explore the fabulous embedded in the mundane, and those who admire beautiful prose will enjoy the puzzle of Tala’s story.”

Renee Macalino Rutledge was born in Manila, Philippines, and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area from the age of four. A long-time local journalist, her articles and essays have appeared in ColorLines, Filipinas Magazine, Oakland and Alameda Magazine, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Literary Hub, Mutha Magazine, Ford City Anthology, and others. She lives in Alameda, California, with her husband and two daughters.

“I’m so grateful to see Renee earning the recognition she deserves for The Hour of Daydreams,” said Laura Stanfill, publisher of Forest Avenue Press. “It’s been such a delight to work with Renee and to introduce her exquisitely original debut novel to a national audience.”

Another Forest Avenue title, Queen of Spades by Michael Shou-Yung Shum, won an honorable mention in the literary category.

Queen of Spades is one of those unforgettable novels–a mix of classic prose, middle-of-the-night escapades, and a romp that manages to be both introspective and philosophical,” Stanfill said. “We are so thrilled Michael has earned an honorable mention from Foreword INDIES.”

Foreword Reviews, a book review journal focusing on independently published books, announced the winners of its INDIES Book of the Year Awards on Friday. The INDIES recognize the best books published in 2017 from small, indie, and university presses, as well as self-published authors. More than 2,000 entries were submitted in 68 categories, with Foreword’s editors choosing the finalists, and a panel of more than 150 librarians and booksellers acting as judges to pick the winners.

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