OXFORD, Mississippi вЂ” Robert KhayatвЂ™s The Education of a Lifetime (Nautilus Publishing) won the 2014 Silver IPPY Award for best memoir in the nation published by a small press. The IPPY Awards are bestowed each year by the Independent Publishers Association of America.
Awards director for the association Jim Barnes said вЂњRobert KhayatвЂ™s memoir is an inspiring life story, very well told.вЂќ Barnes noted that the Independent Publishers Association received over 4,000 entries in all categories for the 2014 contest. вЂњThe memoir category was particularly competitive with 100+ nominees,вЂќ Barnes added.
Robert Khayat, the author, former NFL All-Pro, and Chancellor Emeritus of The University of Mississippi, said, вЂњWeвЂ™re honored to have been recognized by the IPPY judges, but my greatest hope for this story was to let the world know that Ole Miss and Mississippi are no longer stuck in 1963. The reality of todayвЂ™s Mississippi has very little to do with how weвЂ™re perceived by others. Our goal, in writing this book, was to shift that perception.вЂќ
The New York Times ranked The Education of a Lifetime among the top selling educational books in the country in 2013. The book was also a top seller among independent bookstores in the South. Khayat added, вЂњNautilus Publishing made remarkable contributions to the production and distribution of the book.вЂќ
Neil White, Creative Director & Publisher at The Nautilus Publishing Company, said, вЂњOf course, weвЂ™re proud of Robert for this accomplishment, but weвЂ™re even more honored to have shared this story with readers. What happened at Ole Miss between 1995 and 2008 was nothing short of miraculous.вЂќ
The book is available in hardcover ($24.95) at bookstores everywhere. It is also available on Kindle ($5.99).