March 14, 2022
CONTACT: Shadelandhouse Modern Press
Virginia H. Underwood, [email protected], 869-576-1030

A History of Saints Named 2021 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards Finalist

Lexington, Ky.,—Today, Shadelandhouse Modern Press is pleased to announce A History of Saints has been recognized as a Finalist in the 24th annual Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards.

As part of its mission to discover, review, and share the best books from university and independent publishers, Foreword Magazine, Inc. hosts an annual awards program each year. Finalists represent the best books published in 2021. After more than 2,500 individual titles spread across 55 genres were submitted for consideration, the Finalists were determined by Foreword’s editorial team. Winners will be decided by an expert team of booksellers and librarians—representing Foreword’s trade readership—from across the country.

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The complete list of Finalists can be found at:

“Being able to revisit the best of a year’s books—titles that are either familiar to us, or that we have the joy of seeing for the first time during judging—is always a pleasure,” says Editor-in-Chief Michelle Anne Schingler. “This year’s entrants represented a thrilling influx of books that we thoroughly enjoyed spending time with. We’re proud of every book that’s moving on to our finalist round.”

“Our goal for Foreword’s INDIES Book of the Year Awards is to be one of the premier programs for independent presses to be recognized for their work,” said Victoria Sutherland, publisher. “After 24 years, I continue to be so very proud of the integrity of our judging process and so grateful to our volunteer librarians and booksellers who will make the winner’s determination based on their knowledge of what their current reader patron pleasures are.”

“We are thrilled and honored that Julyan Davis’s debut novel, A History of Saints, has been recognized as a Finalist in the 24th annual Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards, says Publisher Virginia H. Underwood. “Davis’s gifts for swift pacing, playful dialogue, humor, satire, and use of language are evident from the first page of the book, and his British voice distinguishes his writing among contemporary American comedic novelists. A History of Saints is a brilliant addition to contemporary humorist fiction.”

A History of Saints is available for order at


About Foreword Magazine: Since 1998, Foreword Reviews has provided trade book reviews of the best titles from independent presses. In print, and online, its FOLIO award-winning design and editorial content makes the magazine a favorite among librarians, booksellers, and readers—an excellent resource when it comes to purchasing books. Foreword INDIES and the fee-for-review Clarion service complement our online content and print magazine, helping to showcase independent presses and their authors.

About Shadelandhouse Modern Press: Shadelandhouse Modern Press, LLC is a Lexington, Kentucky-based, women-owned, and family-operated independent book publishing company dedicated to publishing authentic and compelling fiction and nonfiction for readers of all ages. It is committed to the advancement of established and emerging writers—primarily focused on writers living in or writing about the Southeast region of the United States—to excellence in publishing, and to the production of high-quality, entertaining, and artistic books.

About Julyan Davis: Julyan Davis is a British-American artist living in Asheville, North Carolina. For more than thirty years he has painted the vanishing architecture of the South. Collaborating with musicians, historians, and writers, his traveling museum exhibits chronicle the folklore and lost histories of the region. His work can be found online at https://julyandavis.comand on Instagram at @julyandavis. Davis’s work is represented by galleries in Asheville and in Charleston, South Carolina, and in museum collections across the South. A History of Saints is his debut novel.

Julyan Davis

Photo courtesy of Clark Hodgin

Cover art by Julyan Davis