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“I started this from the perspective of somebody who was interested in helping people live waste-free.”

Peter Skinner established first Repair Cafe in the USA. Palo Alto, 2012

Foreword Reviews, a book review journal focusing on independently published books, is pleased to announce the winners of its 2020 INDIES Book of the Year Awards. The awards recognize the best books published in 2020 from small, independent, and university presses, as well as author publishers.

Repair Revolution: How Fixers Are Transforming Our Throwaway Culture took the bronze in the Home and Hobbies category in the 2020 Foreword Indies awards.

The Forward Indies Awards are annual awards given to independent publications. Thousands of books are entered each year, and our panel of over 100 librarians and booksellers take part in the judging, narrowing it down to a group of finalists and winners that represent the best books, all independently published, in 55 categories.

You can view all of the winners at:

“Covid-19 changed the world,” says Editor in Chief Michelle Anne Schingler, “And the INDIES were no exception. While we ordinarily meet in person to vett the thousands of entrants and determine finalists, this year, we had to read books independently, and to come together afterward and discuss our impressions. What we discovered was heartening: we were in agreement about finalists, even when encountering books miles and days apart. We are happy to, with renewed fervor, declare these books the best of the best that we saw.”

For this year’s competition, over 2,100 entries were submitted in 55 categories, with Foreword’s editors choosing approximately 9 finalists per genre. Those finalists were then delivered to individual librarians and booksellers tasked with picking the Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Honorable Mention winners.