Three Eric Hoffer Awards for Life in the Neck New Friends

Life in the Neck New Friends by Diane Davies and Margarita Sikorskaia takes home three of the prestigious Eric Hoffer Awards for the 2019 award season;  Grand Prize Short List Award, Winner of the Children’s Category and the First Horizon Award.

The Eric Hoffer Award was founded at the start of the 21st Century to honor freethinking writers and independent books of exceptional merit.  The “Hoffer” honored books are from small, academic, and micro presses, including self-published offerings.  Throughout the centuries, writers such as Emily Dickinson, James Joyce, Walt Whitman, and Virginia Woolf have taken the path of self-publishing.  The Hoffer will continue to be a platform for and the champion of the independent voice.  Winners of the Hoffer are given prizes, honors, and worldwide media exposure, as well as being covered in the US Review of Books.

Nominated books are judged by independent panels within eighteen all-inclusive categories,  The annual grand prizewinner is awarded a $2,500 cash prize.  Each category is assigned a winner, runner-up and multiple honorable mentions.  Recognition is given to the best academic, small, micro, and self-published presses.  The Montaigne Medal is awarded to the most thought-provoking books.  The da Vinci Eye honors exceptional cover art.  The First Horizon Award is given to the best first-time authors.  Each year, the Eric Hoffer Award results are publicly announced in the spring.

Diane Davies is a local Minnesota author from Hastings.  Her first children’s book, Life in the Neck New Friends, published by Beaver’s Pond Press in Edina, introduces readers to Delaney the fawn, Rocket the rabbit, Cardinal Red and Old Coyote.  These four learn about friendship, cooperation and the busy world around them.  When danger threatens the neck, will their bond be strong enough to beat it?  Do you have any idea as to what the heck is a neck?  Reading this delightful story will help you figure it out!

The illustrator, Margarita Sikorskaia, also local making her home in Edina, was born in St. Petersburg, Russia where she studied art. In 1990, Margarita moved to the United States where she lives and works as a fine artist.  Her beautiful expressive nature drawings compliment and complete the Life in the Neck New Friends story helping you fall in love with the forest animals of Minnesota. 

Davies and Sikorskaia team up again to create Life in the Neck Squirrel Trouble which will be released by Beaver’s Pond Press later this summer.

The Life in the Neck books can be found on,, and Barnes &

Davies will be appearing at Chapter 2 Bookstore, 226 Locust St., Hudson, WI for a Meet & Greet on 5/18/19 from 11:00 to 1:00.

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