Not In The Pink Wins 3 CIPA EVVY Book Awards

I’m so thrilled to announce that Not In The Pink won two firsts (for Memoir and Illustrations) and a second place (Health) at the CIPA EVVY Book Awards Sunday night. Here’s the official press release:

Not In The Pink Awarded 3 CIPA EVVY Book Awards

 Grand Prairie, Alberta – August 25, 2015Visual artist/author Tina Martel is delighted to announce that Not In the Pink, her very atypical cancer memoir, has won 3 awards at the CIPA EVVY Book Awards in Denver, Colorado.

The Colorado Independent Publishers Association awarded Not In the Pink two 1st Place awards in the Memoir and Illustrations categories and a 2nd place in the Health category. This is Martel’s first book. “I’m over the moon,” she said of the award. “This was such a personal project for me. I’m really thrilled by the positive response to Not In The Pink.

When artist Martel was diagnosed with Stage Two B breast cancer, she decided to document everything though her art. During her treatment she created a stream of sketchbooks, photographs, paintings and video, in response to and frequently in spite of what was happening to her. Not in the Pink is a “graphic narrative” of the pain, frustration and frequent hilarity of her day-to-day dealing with the eccentricities and bureaucracy of the medical system. It is also a candid and moving exploration of the expectations often placed on you once you are diagnosed with cancer: by the people around you, by society and ultimately by yourself.

Not In the Pink was launched in conjunction with Martel’s art installation Not In The Pink: The Creative Process at the Art Gallery of Grand Prairie in Alberta. The Art Gallery is one of the largest public art galleries in Canada.

The CIPA EVVY Awards, now in its 26th year, was held on Sunday, August 23, 2015. The Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA) is a nonprofit association of independent book publishers, authors, and related publishing service providers. CIPA was founded in Denver, CO in 1992.

Not In The Pink is available through the author’s website, notinthepink.ca and amazon.com.

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