Mauna Kea: A Novel of Hawaiʻi just received another national literary honor—a 2024 Nautilus Gold Award for Fiction (small press fiction category). Founded in 1998, the prestigious Nautilus Awards are given to “better books for a better world,” to “honor books that support conscious living & green values, wellness, social change & social justice, and spiritual growth.” Previous Nautilus Award winners include Barbara Kingsolver, Julia Cameron, Deepak Chopra, Thich Nhat Hanh, Thom Harmann, Amy Goodman, and the 14th Dalai Lama, among others.

Only a few weeks earlier, Mauna Kea won three honors from the prestigious Eric Hoffer Book Awards, including being shortlisted as a Finalist for the 2024 Eric Hoffer Grand Prize, the highest honor in their panoply of annual awards. The novel also received an Honorable Mention in the Hoffer General Fiction category, as well as being a da Vinci Eye Finalist for the book’s stunning cover art and design.

2024 literary honors awarded this spring to “Mauna Kea: A Novel of Hawaiʻi”

My publisher was stoked . . .

Shortly after the Nautilus Award was announced on May 26, my publisher, David Wilk at All Night Books—a fiction imprint of Easton Studio Press in Connecticut—issued a press release containing this enthusiastic quote:

“Tom Peek’s Mauna Kea captivated us from the moment we read it after it was submitted to us for publication, and we are proud to be the publisher of this book and many others that have won awards during our twenty years of independent publishing. All of us who worked on this amazing novel are gratified now that Tom Peek’s work is getting the attention it deserves.” – David Wilk, Founder and President of Easton Studio Press

Also winning this year’s Nautilus Gold Awards for adult fiction were Thomas Henry Pope’s The Last Redwood Circus (small press), Mona Susan Power’s A Council of Dolls (large publisher), and Jonny Thompson’s Atlantis (science fiction).

I’m deeply honored by these awards and by all the praise the novel has received—in Hawaiʻi and well beyond the islands—since its release by All Night Books in October 2023. I’m also pleased by the enthusiastic responses of readers I’ve met at numerous events and the book’s high ratings on Amazon and Goodreads.

I mua!

For more information, or to arrange a media interview, please contact my Hawaiʻi publicist Amy Hammond or my literary agent Arnie Kotler.