Winning a Bronze Medal for The Lotus

Published on May 11, 2009

Winning a Bronze Medal for The Lotus Puts Authors in Good Position

Winners of the first annual Living Now Book Awards were announced on Earth Day 2009. The Lotus: Know It and Grow It, by Paula Biles and Kelly Billing won the bronze medal in the gardening/landscaping category. This beautiful book captivates, inspires, and educates about all things lotus. In short, it exemplifies the Living Now Awards, which celebrate the innovation and creativity of newly published books that enhance the quality of our lives, from cooking to fitness to gardening.

This volume, published by the International Waterlily & Water Gardening Society, fills a void of available lotus information. It covers almost everything about Nelumbo (cultivation, landscape uses, cultural traditions, a gardener’s guide, and more) and is packed with over 110 color photographs. The book is written to give a complete portrait of this fascinating plant and provide ideas to inspire the novice or experienced lotus grower. It appeals to both lotus aficionados as well as people who simply appreciate the plant’s beauty or cultural traditions. (It is also the perfect silent salesman for any retail business that sells lotus.)

The awards were presented by Jenkins Group of Traverse City, Michigan, where they’ve been involved in book packaging, marketing and distribution since 1988. “The Living Now Book Awards recognize books that help readers help themselves, to learn about enriching their lives in wholesome, Earth-friendly ways,” said Jenkins Group Awards Director Jim Barnes.

Billing and Biles founded K&P Projects as the sales outlet for The Lotus, with a portion of all sales helping support the IWGS. To purchase single or bulk copies, email pods@AboutTheLotus.com, call 941.758.2926, or visit www.AboutTheLotus.com. (2007, reprint 2008, 52p, ISBN 978-0-9794732-0-3)

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