Armenia Travel Guide Earns Independent Publisher Award

(LOS ANGELES)–The Independent Book Publishers Association awarded the Armenia travel guidebook–"The Stone Garden Guide to Armenia and Karabagh–as finalist in the category of best travel guide book published in 2004.

The award–known in the industry as an "IPPY," recognizes independently published books in categories that include Fiction–Non-Fiction–Romance–Poetry–Art–Photography–and Travel Guide–among others.

The winning Armenia guide book competed with more than 1,500 entries from the US–Canada–and 18 foreign countries. Bedros Safarian–a spokesman for Stone Garden Productions and the publisher of the Armenia book–said he was thrilled with the award. "As far as I know–this is the first time an Armenia-themed book has received such an award," he said.

The Armenia book shared its finalist status in the travel guide category with "Michelin Must Sees: New Orleans," which was published by Michelin Travel Publications. The overall winner in the travel category was a guide to the Grand Canyon–published by Destination Press.

Jim Barnes–the Managing Editor for the Independent Publisher’s Association–praised all of the winning books for their quality and diversity. Independently published books such as the Stone Garden Guide to Armenia and Karabagh–he said–"are changing the world–one book at a time." Complete award results are available at

Sample pages from "The Stone Garden Guide to Armenia and Karabagh" can be viewed at The book is sold online at and at independent retail bookstores such as Abril Books and Sardarabad Books–both in Glendale.

The authors–Robert Kurkjian and Matthew Karanian–are currently working on other projects overseas and were not available for comment. The travel guide has been the best-selling English language book in Yerevan since its publication in September 2004. In the US last year–The Stone Garden Guide to Armenia was the best-selling independently published book about Armenia–based on reports from booksellers.


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