“A Spirit of Charity” collects two national awards

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 book 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 by Independent Publisher. The book also won a silver Benjamin Franklin Award from the Independent Book Publishers Association, which recognized it for telling “the remarkable story of public hospitals and how they make a life-and-death difference to many Americans at a time of rapidly changing health policy.”

A Spirit of Charity 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 were in the current events category, where the book was up against 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.

The first-of-its-kind book about the essential role of public hospitals has received critical acclaim since it was published last year. The New York Times said King’s “decades of experience have versed him well in the doublespeak of health care financing for America’s poor.” And Foreword Clarion Reviews praised A Spirit of Charity for shining a light on “an important corner of American life that has been sorely neglected.” Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, said the book is “required reading for policy makers and health advocates alike.”

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 www.secantpublishing.com.

A complete list of winners in all categories for both organizations is available at:



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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