PARIS_The emotional novel Dad is the winner of the 2021 Paris Book Festival, which honors the best of international publishing.

Author Steven Manchester’s Dad: A Novel (The Story Plant) tells of three generations of dads, playing traditional roles in each other's lives, who arrive simultaneously at significant crossroads. The decisions they make and the actions they take will directly - and eternally - affect each other, as such is the sacred legacy of fatherhood.

Manchester’s skilled insight into the emotions and rituals regarding the universal bond of fatherhood continue his legacy as one of the best modern storytellers.

Other winners in the competition:


WINNER: The Hanford Plaintffs – Trisha Pritikin

RUNNER-UP: Good Dogs – Mry Contreras


  • AfterLIFE: Waking Up From My American Dream - Carlo Pietro Sanfilippo
  • Toxic Love – Dean Quirke
  • Kings, Conquerors, Psychopaths – Joseph N. Abraham MD
  • A Mother's Story: Angie Doesn’t Live Here Anymore - Maggie C. Romero
  • As Living Stones – Marjory Henderson
  • Char’s Gift – Steve Harryman
  • The Art of Forgiveness – Carolyn CJ Jones
  • A Constitution for a Democracy - Rohit (Roy) Kajaria
  • Only the Lucky Grow Old – Kristine Fontaine
  • Secret Life of a Juror – Voir Dire – Paul Sanders
  • Banquet of Consequences – Paul Sanders


WINNER: I Would Love You Even If You Burned the Christmas Turkey – Bucleigh Newton-Kernodle

RUNNER-UP: Pong and the Birthday Journey – Linda Sowa Young Cornish


  • Sunny Flowers – Linda Sowa Young Cornish
  • Ella Sue and the Burlap Bag – Robin Taylor Chiarello
  • Belinda and the “Boring” Ballet Class – Dani Tucci-Juraga
  • Mommy’s Hot Pink Heels – Missy Brickman
  • Kindergarten Kapers – Sabrina Runyon
  • Becky’s Bonnet – Linda Sowa Young Cornish
  • Sabrina’s Book – Sabrina Runyon
  • The Imagination Key – Sarah Whalen
  • The Burping Pumpkin - Steph Alexis
  • Glitter the Unicorn Goes to the Beach – Callie Chapman
  • La petite lumiere blanche – Judy Ann Lowe
  • The Twin Dolphin’s Kind Rescue – V.A. Boeholt/Nate Jensen
  • Ting Ting, The Girl Who Saved China – Ryan O’Connor
  • If I Were A Pony – Leonard Eckhaus
  • The Holy Kid and Bud Book – V.A. Boeholt/Nate Jensen
  • 7 Children’s Adventure Stories – V.A. Boeholt/Nate Jensen
  • Glitter the Unicorn Goes to the Moon – Callie Chapman
  • Let’s Go Dreaming: Into the Stars – Shanita Allen
  • Guess Me! Mighty Mammals – Kaaya Sharma
  • Meet Monique – Denise Lawson


WINNER: Foundra – Emmanuel M. Arriaga


WINNER: Dad – Steven Manchester

RUNNER-UP: White Seed: The Untold Story of the Lost Colony of Roanoke – Paul Clayton


  • Redshift, Blueshift – Jordan Silversmith
  • Hunting Teddy Roosevelt – James Ross
  • The Gift from Fortuny – Terry Stanfill
  • Red Deception – Gary Grossman and Ed Fuller
  • An Irish Lullaby – Louis Michael Manzo
  • The Renascent World – Carryn N. Kerr
  • Lucky - Sara Condrey
  • White Skies Black Mingo – Kevin D. Miller
  • Truth is in the House – Michael J. Coffino
  • With Wanton Disregard – Gwen Banta
  • Devil’s Ledger – Lorraine Evanoff
  • Knight Light – Claudia Riess
  • The Spanish Teacher – Barbara De La Custa
  • Heaven and Other Zip Codes - Mathieu Cailler
  • Coldwater Revenge – James Ross
  • A Club of Friends – Marco Antonio Diaz
  • Buried but Never Forgotten – Elisa Chastaine
  • A Portable Chaos E.M. Schorb
  • Trading Secrets – Rachael Eckles
  • Zongzi’s Journey – Richard Leito Sentieri
  • Here with the Winter – J. Penrod Scott
  • Ninety-Five – Lisa Towles
  • Revenge of the Beast – M. Ward Leon
  • Operation Olive Tree – Jemil Metti
  • Missing – Don Helin
  • Azalea Bluff – Dennis Hetzel with Ed Galloway
  • Walking in Deep Sand – V.C. Williams
  • First Course – Jenn Bouchard


WINNER: The Train Jumper – Gwen Banta

RUNNER-UP: Cleopatra’s Vendetta – Avanti Centrae


WINNER: The Undersea Art of Indonesia – Charles Rawlings, Nuswanto Lobbu, Leah Perez

RUNNER-UP: Leonardo da Vinci; Geologic – Ann C. Pizzorusso


WINNER: In the Boat of Myself – Timothy Goldring

RUNNER-UP: Dentro do som/inside the sound – Michael Garcia Spring


  • Once Upon Each Time – E.M. Schorb
  • Vidas Ajenas – Issamary Simmons Benavides
  • In Spiritus Theos – Brett Nelson
  • Dispatches from the Swinging Door Saloon – Randall McNair
  • When Snow Walks In – Christine Candland
  • Old State Road - Jason Gerrish
  • Much – Joel Peckham


WINNER: My Sister’s Mother – Donna Solecka Urbikas

RUNNER-UP: The Girl Behind the Wall – Antje Arnold


  • My Obit: Daddy Holding Me – Ken Atchity
  • Gone Before Glory – Stephen G. Yanoff
  • Burn This City to the Ground – N. Daniel
  • Gilligan’s Dreams – Dreama Denver
  • Good Blood: A Journey of Healing – Irit Schaffer
  • The Demon in Disguise – Ashley Elliott
  • The Angle of Flickering Light - Gina Troisi
  • Splat! – Adele Irving
  • The Music – Herbert and Stephanie Ausbel
  • Corners Untouched by Madness – N. Daniel
  • Roots & Branches: A Family Saga… - Michael Meguid
  • Abandon Brandon – Brandon J. McDermott
  • A Turbulent Mind – Swetha Amit
  • She Got Up – Janice Freeman


WINNER: One Loaf/One Bowl at a Time – CJ Katz


WINNER: Can You Get Our Attention? _ Kraig Kann

RUNNER-UP: The Ultimate Guide to Planning – Mike Bernstein


  • What the Pandemic Learned from Me – Anindita Das


WINNER: The Wingless Angel – Fabrice Wilfong

RUNNER-UP: Mimi Takes Paris – Elizabeth Cooke


  • The Noble Edge – Christopher Gilbert, Ph.D
  • Mimi Takes Europe – Elizabeth Cooke
  • Kevin on Earth – Pres Maxon
  • Th? 3 Loves Project – Dr. Debra Campbell
  • Buried but Never Forgotten – Elisa Chastaine
  • Leonardo da Vinci Cartographer – Ann C. Pizzorusso
  • Banquet of Consequences – Paul Sanders
  • The YOU Beyond You – Ramzi Naijar
  • Mimi’s Paris Dilemma – Elizabeth Cooke
  • Postcards Home 2 – WD Mast
  • Mind the Gap – George Tombs
  • Secret Life of a Juror – Voir Dire – Paul Sanders
  • Mind the Gap – George Tombs
  • Sammy: Hero at Age Five – M. Schmidt & Gene D. Donley


WINNER: Blood and Silver – Vali Benson

RUNNER-UP: Brotherhood of the Lion – Roger Wellington Nason


  • Last Cherry Blossom – Kathleen Burkinshaw
  • Light Chaser – Zahra Omar Shansab
  • Earth 101 – Time to Run – Emae Church
  • The Adventures of Wandala – Daniel Boyd


WINNER: The Noble Edge – Christopher Gilbert, Ph.D

RUNNER-UP: Things I Heard My Professor Say – Curtis L. Odom, Ed.D


  • The Armchair Real Estate Millionaire – Michael Dominguez
  • Silent Resistance – Paul Boudreau & Caitlin Schmidt
  • The Charisma Factor – Leesa Rowland
  • Silent Resistance – Paul Boudreau & Caitlin Schmidt


WINNER: An Irish Lullaby – Louis Michael Manzo

RUNNER-UP: Good Blood: A Journey of Healing – Irit Schaffer


  • Opening the Gates of the Heart – Carolyn CJ Jones
  • Zach’s Quest – Mat and Melanie Dragovits
  • Because of You – Kelsey N. Clark
  • The Evangelical’s Daughter Losing My Religon – Debra Roberts Torres-Reyes


WINNER: Somewhere Out There – Dr. Sherry Meinberg

RUNNER-UP: Pandemic Side Effects – Jeffrey Weber


WINNER: An Elephant Ate My Arm – Laurie McAndish King

RUNNER-UP: Immersed in West Africa – Terry Lister