- Benjamin Franklin Awards
- ForeWord Reviews Awards
- IPPY Awards
- Writer’s Digest Awards
- Indie Book Awards
- Pulitzer Prize
- Nobel Prize
- Pen/Faulkner Award
- National Book Critics Award
- National Book Awards
Andrew wrote the book, Symbols, Meaning, and the Sacred Quest: Spiritual Awakening in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Stories.
1. What is the book about? In a world where religious differences often trigger hatred and war, here is a book that celebrates the Beauty, Decency, Inner Spiritual Wisdom and inherent Unity of all our Traditions. The stories that are told may differ from one culture and time period to another, but my book shows that all religions have the common inner purpose of presenting a great Wisdom Teaching – through Allegory, Symbol and Metaphor – that teaches our soul the psychological and spiritual steps that must be taken to achieve spiritual awakening.
There is also an inner, esoteric aspect of religion, the teachings that are for the adepts and disciples who are on the road of spiritual initiation. This aspect of religion is always the same: we are all children of the same God, on the same path ‘home’. When this is understood, the justification for religious hatred and war evaporates! The Greeks liked to tell stories about fabulous gods and heroes, the Hebrews like to weave tales about their ancestors, Christians and Muslims liked to talk about the extraordinary lives of Jesus and Muhammad. These various story-telling methods demonstrate the wonderful human imagination, and we ought to delight in all of them. But even more striking is that the underlying message, the inner story, is always exactly the same.
So if you are you fed up with bigotry and violence, and are seeking a world of peace, love and friendship, this book is for you. If you are on a personal spiritual quest, and would like to discover the ‘How To’ lessons for Spiritual Awakening that lie hidden in the wonderful myths and legends of the Western Tradition, this book is for you.
3. What do you love most about being a published author? I suppose the chance to share ideas with readers and other authors
4. What advice can you give a struggling writer? Keep at it, remember to think about your audience and what you are offering them, get a good editor, and get ready to learn that marketing a book is far more difficult than writing one.
5. How are you promoting your book? I have a Blog, ‘Spirituality and Religion’ where I discuss the ideas of the book and also have a lot of Guest Bloggers. I am on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Spiritual Networks, Goodreads, and other Social Media. I’ve given a number of Radio Interviews, and am hoping TV is not far behind. And I give talks and seminars in various venues.
6. What do you make of the future for the book publishing industry? For better or worse, the Age of E-books is here. Bookstores, traditional publishing houses, hardcovers and paperbacks, are all fading away. I’m a little too old not to lament this, but young enough – at least ‘at heart’ – to realize that the future is going to be exciting.
Top 16 International Book Fairs
There are many book fairs across the country and world this year. Below are the bigger or more interesting ones, including Book Expo in the US in June. Most authors wouldn’t attend these fairs unless they planned to already be overseas, but if you had the time and budget, Book Expo, Frankfurt, and London Book Fair would be the biggest ones to attend.
43rd International Cairo Book Fair
January 24-February 6
Taipei International Book Exhibition
New Delhi World Book Fair
New Delhi, India
February 25-March 4
Brussels Book Fair
Paris Book Fair (Salon du Livre)
Ninth Bangkok International Book Fair
March 29-April 8
Quebec International Book Fair
Quebec City, Canada
London Book Fair
BookExpo America (BEA)
New York, N.Y.
Cape Town Book Fair
Cape Town, South Africa
19th Tokyo International Book Fair
23rd Hong Kong Book Fair
Hong Kong, China
19th Beijing International Book Fair
August 29-September 2
25th Moscow International Book Fair
Frankfurt Book Fair
Montreal Book Fair