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PARIS_ The 2020 Paris Book Festival has named a fast-paced political novel as the winner of its annual competition honoring the best of international publishing.

Author Rick Robinson’s Opposition Research (Headline Books) explores politics’ dirty little secret. Digging up buried skeletons can bring an opponent’s campaign to a dead standstill. Former United States Senator Richard Thompson just can’t get politics out of his blood. Following his last stint on Capitol Hill, Thompson and his close circle of friends are embarking on a new endeavor — running a consulting firm that specializes in opposition research.

But when their digging uncovers lethal information, it places Thompson and his crew on a dangerous ride spanning from Little Italy to California and back to the nation’s capital. In between, winning or losing a campaign becomes overshadowed by life and death itself.

Other Headline title winners in the competition:

General Fiction – Winner: Opposition Research by Rick Robinson and Honorable Mentions go to The Legend of See Bird: Kiamichi by Karl L. Stewart and Enough by C.D. Tony Hylton

General Non-Fiction – Honorable Mention goes to Unlikely Heroes of All Sorts by David Ritchey

Compilations/Anthologies – Runner Up The Vast Venus Conspiracy by Raymond A. Keller

Young Adult – Runner Up – The Redemption by Lauren Hudson and Honorable Mention to Praise Petals by Lisa A. McCombs

Spiritual/Religious Runner Up – What’s So Special About Today? by Kelsey Clark

Children’s Books Runner Up – Four Bears In A Box by Dreama Denver

The 2020 Paris Book Festival honors the best of international publishing in their annual competition.

The Festival considers major publisher and independent publisher works in the following categories: non-fiction, fiction, biography/autobiography, children’s books, cookbooks, compilations/anthologies; young adult, how-to, photography/art, unpublished stories, business, poetry, spiritual/religious, travel and the wild card (anything goes!).

Entries can be in French, English, Spanish, German or Portuguese and can be published, self-published or issued by an independent publishing house. Submitted works are judged by a panel of publishing industry experts looking for General excellence and the author’s passion for telling a good story and the potential of the work to gain a wider audience in the worldwide market.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions the annual award reception in Paris will not be held this year but we congratulate all the award recipients on their Paris Book Festival award!