Ludwig receives finalist award for book

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By The Staff

LOS ANGELES - USABookNews. com, an online magazine and review Web site for mainstream and independent publishing houses, announced the winners and finalists of the National Best Books 2009 Awards.

More than 500 winners and finalists were announced in over 140 categories covering print and audio books. Awards were presented for titles published in 2009 and late 2008.

"Rebirth: A Leukemia Survivor's Journal of Healing during Chemotherapy, Bone Marrow Transplant, and Recovery" was a Finalist in the Health: Cancer category of the National Best Books 2009 Awards, sponsored by USA Book News.

Jeff Keen, president and chief executive officer of USABookNews.com, said this year's contest yielded an unprecedented number of entries, which were then narrowed down to over 500 winners and finalists.

Keen says of the awards, now in their seventh year, "The 2009 results represent a phenomenal mix of books from a wide array of publishers throughout the United States.

With a full publicity and marketing campaign promoting the results of NBBA, this year's winners and finalists will gain additional media coverage for the upcoming holiday retail season."

Winners and finalists traversed the publishing landscape: Simon & Schuster, Penguin, W.W. Norton, Revell, McGraw-Hill, John Wiley & Sons, Thomas Nelson, American Cancer Society, Greenleaf Book Group, Sourcebooks and hundreds of independent houses contributed to this year's outstanding NBBA competition. Keen adds, "NBBA's success begins with the enthusiastic participation of authors and publishers and continues with our distinguished panel of industry judges who bring to the table their extensive editorial, PR, marketing and design expertise."

Rebirth is a leukemia memoir. One year after relocating to the New York area to pursue an acting career, Deborah Ludwig's acting dreams were shattered by a leukemia diagnosis, forcing her to come to terms with her past and face her present reality. Her sister Barbara, pregnant with her second child, was Deborah's bone marrow donor. Pregnancy is thought to be an absolute contraindication to bone marrow donation, but the inclusion of Barbara's courageous and poignant tale disproves this belief. Rebirth is Deborah's year-long journal chronicling a story of love, sacrifice, heart ache and discovery that culminated in her physical, emotional and spiritual rebirth.

USABookNews.com is an online publication providing coverage for books from mainstream and independent publishers to the world online community. USABN Magazine Online is the monthly electronic magazine e-mailed free to a large cross-section of the book buying public. JPX Media, in Los Angeles is the parent company of USABookNews.com.

A complete list of the winners and finalists of the USABookNews.com National "Best Books" 2009 Awards are available online at www.USABook News.com.

"Rebirth" is Ludwig's debut book. She has been journaling since 1992 and began blogging in 2004. A 1984 graduate of Tell City High School, she also possesses bachelor's degrees from Indiana University in sociology, comparative literature and theatre and drama.

She is an actor with credits in independent films, television, commercials and theatre.

While living in Cincinnati, she co-founded Ovation Theatre Company, serving as marketing director then managing director before moving to the Northeast in 2003.

She currently resides in the New York City area, where she is employed at the National Football League. She is also a First Connection and Advocacy Network volunteer for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

"Rebirth" is available for $19.99 in paperback and $29.99 cloth hardback from Xlibris.

Xlibris books can be purchased at Xlibris bookstore. For more information, contact Xlibris at (888) 795-4274 or on the web at www.Xlibris.com. Also available online at www.amazon.com and www.bn.com.