Local author Dianne C. Braley wins NYC Big Book Award

By Melissa Moore-Randall

Revere native, the novel by Dianne C. Braley, The silence in the sound, won the NYC Big Book Award. Braley was told about the award after hosting a book signing at Mission Beach House in Revere.

“What a wonderful evening at Mission Beach House on Revere Beach where I grew up. I was so busy talking to everyone and signing books that I only had a moment later in the evening to realize how full circle was. Revere has undoubtedly changed in many ways, but people new and old remain the salt of the earth they always were, and they showed up. There was a light that evening and the impeccable staff at Mission Beach House and the food and drink were brilliant. Everything was shining so brightly. My mother, Jean, always said there is no better place than Revere and its people. I think she might be right. Thank you to everyone who came to support me. I love this city.”

“To top off a successful evening, I woke up the next day to find my novel, The silence in the sound, won the NYC Big Book Award in the female fiction category. I feel like I’m living someone else’s life and I’m incredibly humbled and blessed. To enter a competition that includes authors from major publishing houses, small university presses as well as independent publishers and win, I am blown away, and excited to bring more support and awareness to children affected by devastating disease of addiction through the Robert F. Kennedy Community Alliance Organization here in Massachusetts.

This prize is intended for independent and traditional authors, publishers, large and small presses. According to their website, “New York City was considered synonymous with the ‘global publishing industry’, but the publishing industry has become democratized and truly global with great books coming in from everywhere. . Now everyone, from major publishers to independent authors, has the opportunity to create great books and be recognized. Books for the Big Book Award are judged on presentation, editorial quality and audience appeal.

If you’re interested in learning more about Dianne and her posts, she’s hosting the following events this month:

• September 22 Hamilton Wenham Library Talk 6 to 7 p.m.

• September 24 Book signing at Andover Books 12 p.m.

• September 28 Zoom Virtual Book Event 8 p.m.

• Sept. 29 Revere Public Library Book Talk 5:00 p.m.

You can also visit her website at https://diannecbraley.com/.

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