Atlanta journalist’s book on public hospitals collects national honors

A Spirit of Charity: Restoring the Bond Between America and Its Public Hospitals, by veteran Atlanta journalist Mike King, has been recognized with two national awards by leading organizations of independent publishers.

King’s study of venerable – and vulnerable — public safety net hospitals in Atlanta and four other American cities was awarded a silver medal in the 2017 IPPY Awards competition, as well as a silver Benjamin Franklin Award from the Independent Book Publishers Association. The book will be exhibited along with other IPPY and IBPA award winners at BookExpo, the nation’s largest trade publishing convention, to be held May 31-June 2 at the Javits Center in New York City.

Both awards collected by A Spirit of Charity were in the current events category, where it faced spirited competition from well-known university presses. This year, the IPPY Awards bestowed gold, silver and bronze medallions to winners in 83 national, 24 regional, and ten e-book categories. This year’s contest drew 5,000 entries, and medals will go to authors and publishers from 43 U.S. states, seven Canadian provinces, and 15 countries overseas.

The Benjamin Franklin Awards were chosen from 1,400 entries in 55 categories, with 169 gold, silver or bronze winners being chosen for recognition by the IBPA, the nation’s largest trade association for small and independent publishers.

King’s book was published by Secant Publishing of Salisbury, Maryland, a small independent press formed to recognize books of enduring quality from both new and classic authors. See

A Spirit of Charity is available in hardcover and e-book formats. A paperback edition, updated to incorporate the latest developments in Washington following the 2016 elections, will be forthcoming May 31.

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