Best cover design for The Expedition series.
Judged on both cover art content and style, the da Vinci Eye is given in honor of the historic artist/scientist/inventor Leonardo da Vinci. This is an additional distinction beneath the Eric Hoffer Award umbrella.
WINNER - ERIC HOFFER AWARDS, 2013
"I had no schooling. I was practically blind up to the age of fifteen. When my eyesight came back, I was seized with an enormous hunger for the printed word."Â
First Horizon Award for The Expedition, Dark Waters: True Story of the First Human-Powered Circumnavigation of the Earth. The First Horizon Award is given each year to the highest scoring books by debut authors. It honors the memory of the great American philosopher Eric Hoffer by highlighting salient writing, as well as the independent spirit of small publishers.
"When does a journey become an expedition? It happens when the path leads into the unknown and often life-threatening territory. When does a memoir become a story? It happens when the life events become compelling. Lewis' book has it all - expedition and story."
WINNER - NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE AWARDS, 2013
The Expedition, Dark Waters: True Story of the First Human-Powered Circumnavigation of the Earth selected as winner in the Adventure category of the 2013 National Indie Excellence Awards.
WINNER - FOREWORD REVIEWS 2012 BOOK OF THE YEAR
The Expedition, Dark Waters: True Story of the First Human-Powered Circumnavigation of the Earth. Selected as winner of the Adventure and Recreation category from 1300 entries covering 62 categories of books from independent and academic presses. These books represent some of the best books produced by small publishing houses in 2012.
WINNER - 2012 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BOOK FESTIVAL AWARD
HOLLYWOOD, CA (October 17, 2012) The story of a man's amazing journey trying to circle the world using just the power of the human body has been selected as the grand prize winner of the 2012 Southern California Book Festival, which honors the best books of the fall.
WINNER - BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AWARDS, 2013
Best first book (nonfiction) for The Expedition, Dark Waters: True Story of the First Human-Powered Circumnavigation of the Earth. Presented by Howard Fisher at the Independent Book Publishers Association gala in New York, May 2013.
"A breath-taking contribution to the literature of exploration."