THEN LIKE THE BLIND MAN: Orbie’s Story Wins IndieReader Discovery Award for Literary Fiction

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PRESS RELEASE: June 1st, 2013 – Last week, the winners of the first annual IndieReader Discovery Awards (IRDAs) were announced at BookExpo America (BEA), a major trade show in New York City. The award in the category of Literary Fiction went to Then Like the Blind Man: Orbie’s Story by Freddie Owens.

Judges for the awards included publishers, agents, publicists, reviewers, authors, bloggers, and producers. The book was awarded 4.5 stars out of five by IndieReader’s reviewers. (For a description and list of judges for this award go to

IndieReader ( is known as “the essential consumer guide to self-published books and the people who write them.” Its founder, Amy Edelman, came up with the idea of IndieReader for two reasons. The first was to create a more level playing field for authors who choose to go it on their own. The second was to give book lovers the opportunity to discover great works that they might not have otherwise found.

A well-written, evocative and thought-provoking book, which should be read by fans of Shakespeare and of rural American literature alike.  

IndieReader Review (Full text of review @

In an American coming-of-age novel, the author presents a stunning story with clarity and historical accuracy, rich in illuminating the Appalachian culture of the time period. Publisher’s Weekly

Every once in awhile, you read a book in which every element fits together so perfectly that you just sit back in awe at the skill of the storyteller. Then Like the Blind Man is one of these books.

San Francisco Book Review

For further information or to purchase Then Like the Blind Man: Orbie’s Story, visit .  You can also visit Freddie’s Website @ or contact him by email at @ .

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