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See below for the list of 2024 winners in the HUMOR category, for books with a copyright date of 2023.

Santa Anna
2024 Gold Winner

Author: Addison J. Chapple with Rachael Flanery

Publisher: Level 4 Press

ISBN: 9781646300785

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When a neurotic statistics geek gets invited to his twenty-five-year high school reunion, he spends his life savings remaking his identity. Only problem: his new persona gets him mistaken for a drug kingpin and sends him running for his life with the very people who used to make it miserable. 

Bumpy Rides and Soft Landings: Stories of Coming Out, Flying High, and Not Learning to Play the Piano
2024 Silver Winner

Author: James Pauley, Jr.

Publisher: Take Flight Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 9798986751610

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In Bumpy Rides and Soft Landings, Pauley chronicles his life—both on the ground and in the air—one meaningful adventure after another. In his six decades on earth, he’s witnessed just about everything imaginable. And since his filter recently left the building for good, he’s ready to share it all!

The Funny Moon: A Novel
2024 Silver Winner

Author: Chris Lincoln

Publisher: Rootstock Publishing

ISBN: 9781578691388

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Claire is a massage therapist who communicates with animals and ghosts. Wally is a burned-out adman and wannabe novelist obsessing on his golf game. After twenty-five years of marriage, Wally moves out and they embrace separate fantasies and new adventures. For fans of Elinor Lipman and Jennifer Weiner, The Funny Moon is a literary romp about the challenges of marriage and middle-aged self-discovery with a New Age twist.


During the 35th Annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards, none of the entries in the HUMOR category earned the honor of an award.


See below for the list of 2022 winners in the HUMOR category, for books with a copyright date of 2021.

Uncorked & Off the Chain: Offbeat Ramblings of a Zany Comic
2022 Gold Winner

Author: Jameson Gregg

Publisher: Mountain Arbor Press

ISBN: 978-1-63183-930-6

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Uncorked & Off the Chain delivers chops and attitude with zany cutting-edge opinion, observational humor, and tales from the wild side. No topic is off-limits, from sports and edgy tales, to marriage, dogs, and mass consumption of cocktails. Short, snappy free-standing essays for those readers looking for a quick laugh.

The Arizona Water Bar: Tales from the Desert Southwest
2022 Silver Winner

Author: Drew Aquilina

Publisher: Green Pieces Press

ISBN: 978-0-9860580-9-7

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Welcome to the Arizona Water Bar, where Cheers meets National Geographic. Intrepid pack rat Flo Webb refuses to take over the 2000-year-old family midden. Risking the wrath of her proud father, Flo opens a water bar in the vast desert. Follow the ensuing adventures as this small businesswoman humorously engages her wildlife customers, providing an evolutionary step forward for all desert animals. 

Fat Vinny's Forbidden Love
2022 Silver Winner

Author: David Benjamin

Publisher: Last Kid Books

ISBN: 978-1-7357722-2-6

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Fat Vinny, the most repulsive eighth-grader in the history of Tomah, is in love. He has chosen as the apple of his eye the wrongest girl he could possibly pursue — Sister Patrice! Worse, he has inveigled into his sexual awakening, the only kid on earth whom he can call “friend.”


See below for the list of 2021 winners in the HUMOR category, for books with a copyright date of 2020. Click here to watch the Gold and Silver winner speeches.

Alexander Botts and the Earthworm Tractor: Botts Begins
2021 Gold Winner

Author: William Hazlett Upson

Publisher: Octane Press

ISBN: 978-1-64234-025-9

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Alexander Botts and the Earthworm Tractor is a collection of humorous stories about a bumbling salesman’s trials and tribulations selling crawler tractors. Botts was created in 1927 and was beloved by The Saturday Evening Post readers in more than 100 short stories. Botts Begins is the first book in a series that will charm readers young and old and entertain with innocent mayhem, timeless humor, and twists of fate.

The Man Who Would Be King
2021 Silver Winner

Authors: Addison J. Chapple and Vincent Longobardi

Publisher: Level 4 Press

ISBN: 978-1-933769-72-1

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Best friends Jam and Jim are lovable idiots. When a call from Somali grifters puts dollar signs in Jam’s eyes, they hatch a scheme to get rich. These dim-witted dreamers somehow outwit pirates and convince the locals that they are Navy SEALS—until Faarax, leader of the pirates, wants payback.

The Meat and Potatoes of Life: My True Lit Com
2021 Silver Winner

Author: Lisa Smith Molinari

Publisher: Elva Resa Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-934617-54-0

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“…hilariously honest, beautifully engaging and vividly written memoir of her life as a military spouse, the mother of fabulously eccentric and demanding children...”
“… capturing…motherhood with candor, humor, and grace...”
“…a wonderful look inside the kind of family we all want to invite home to dinner...”
“…pure Erma Bombeck.” 


See below for the list of 2020 winners in the HUMOR category, for books with a copyright date of 2019.

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To Squeeze a Prairie Dog: An American Novel
2020 Gold Winner

Author: Scott Semegran

Publisher: Mutt Press

ISBN: 978-1-7238668-9-0

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A comic sendup of state government—an entertaining slice-of-life story that's both humorous and uplifting—about five under-appreciated bureaucrats who forge a bond of love and respect.  

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Abi Gezunt! Classic Jewish Jokes (Vol. 2)
2020 Silver Winner

Editor: Arnold Fine

Publisher: Jewish Learning Group

ISBN: 978-1-891293-03-0

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The laughter will never stop with this once-in-a-lifetime collection of hundreds of side-splitting family-friendly classic Jewish jokes. Get both volumes today and Kvell!

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Sit Stay Pray: Lina Speaks Again About Her Life with a Difficult Momma
2020 Silver Winner

Author: Little Big Ears (aka Lina)

Publisher: Beaver's Pond Press

ISBN: 978-1-64343-909-9

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Another hilarious romp through Lina’s topsy-turvy life with her ditzy but well-meaning momma that’s sure to tickle your funny bone!

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