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Four Tyndale authors named finalists for 2019 Christy Award®

CAROL STREAM, Ill.— September 23, 2019— Tyndale House Publishers (@tyndalehouse) is pleased to announce that four of its authors have been named finalists for the 2019 Christy Award® ( by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association.

  • Carla Laureano (@carlalaureano) is one of three finalists in the “Contemporary Romance” category for Brunch at Bittersweet Café;
  • Tara Johnson’s (@TaraMinistry) Engraved on the Heart is one of three finalists for “First Novel”;
  • Allison Pittman (@allisonkpittman) is one of four finalists in “Historical” for The Seamstress; and
  • Matt Mikalatos (@mattmikalatos) is one of three finalists in “Young Adult” for The Crescent Stone.

Karen Watson, publisher, shared, “We are delighted to see our Tyndale authors get this important recognition for their work. The Christy Awards is a valuable avenue for well-deserved exposure and encouragement for a wide range of authors and categories in the fiction space.”

Winners will be revealed at the Christy Award Gala on November 6 in the new George Shinn Event Center at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. The Christy Award® celebrates excellence in the art of Christian fiction and honors the power of faith in story.

Linda Howard, associate publisher, said, “We are thrilled to have Matt Mikalatos and his book The Crescent Stone as finalists in the prestigious Christy Awards. We are grateful for the continued recognition and support the Christy Awards provide for authors and publishers.”

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The Christy Award® is the foremost award honoring and promoting excellence in Christian fiction since 1999 and is named for Catherine Marshall’s novel Christy, which has sold over 10 million copies since its publication in 1967. ECPA assumed ownership and administration of the award in 2017 to focus and grow the unique opportunity of fiction in Christian publishing.

The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) is an international nonprofit trade organization comprised of member companies that are involved in the publishing and distribution of Christian content worldwide. Since 1974, ECPA has strengthened Christian publishing by building networking, information, and advocacy opportunities within the industry and throughout multiple channels so that our members can more effectively produce and deliver transformational Christian content.

Tyndale House Publishers, founded in 1962, is the world’s largest privately held Christian publisher of books, Bibles, and digital media. Tyndale has published many New York Times bestsellers. The largest portion of its profit goes to the nonprofit Tyndale House Foundation, which makes grants to help meet the physical and spiritual needs of people around the world. Tyndale was founded to publish Living Letters, which later comprised part of The Living Bible, a contemporary paraphrase of the Bible that became a global publishing phenomenon. Tyndale now publishes the Holy Bible, New Living Translation (NLT), the translation of choice for millions of people.

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