Cantalupo's 'Joining Africa' garners Next Generation Book Award

"Joining Africa," a book by Penn State Schuylkill Distinguished Professor Charles Cantalupo, has won a 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Award in the category of "Memoirs -- Other." Published by Michigan State University Press, the book is an eye-opening personal history, telling the story of an American college professor's 20-year engagement with a thriving Africa rarely encountered by Western visitors, including connections to poets across the continent. Cantalupo is distinguished professor of English, comparative literature and African studies at Penn State.

The Next Generation Indie Book Awards is the largest not-for-profit book awards program for indie authors and independent publishers. In its fifth year of operation, the Next Generation Indie Book Awards was established to recognize and honor the most exceptional independently published books in 60 different categories each year, and is presented by Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group in cooperation with Marilyn Allen of Allen O'Shea Literary Agency.