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For Immediate Release

Contact: Headline Books, 1-800-570-5951 / 304-789-3001 email: cathy@headlinebooks.com

Subject: The Duke of Dubai Named Finalist as Top Multicultural Novel by 2009 Indie Book Awards

(Terra Alta)—The Indie Book Awards has named The Duke of Dubai by Luigi Falconi one of the top multicultural novels of the year. This award winning book has enthralled readers since its release and ironically, was recently banned from sale in Dubai by the censors for the United Arab Emirates. Needless to say—everyone is wondering what the story is!

The Next Generation Indie Book Awards is one of the most prestigious book awards for independent publishers and authors worldwide and was established to recognize and honor the most exceptional independently published books in 70 different categories and is presented by Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group in cooperation with Marilyn Allen of Allen O'Shea Literary Agency. All books are judged for their content. The judges include expert editors, writers and publishers in the book publishing industry.

“Luigi Falconi is one of Headline Books’ most colorful authors,” said President and CEO of Headline Books, Cathy Teets. “His novel is quickly gaining a fan base and they are anxiously awaiting the sequel. We were very surprised by the reaction of the Arab censors and we hope the ban on this award winning novel is lifted soon. Falconi’s novel not only is a great story of intrigue written with wit and humor, it includes a fascinating history of the city and region.”

In addition to the recognition and prestige of having an award-winning book, Finalists will also receive a listing in the 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Catalog and inclusion on www.IndieBookAwards.com. Along with cash prizes to the winners, a gold award emblem will be affixed to the front cover of The Duke of Dubai as a Finalist in the Best Multicultural Fiction category.

The Duke of Dubai will also be reviewed by the Allen O'Shea Literary Agency in New York for possible representation in areas such as distribution, foreign rights, film rights, and other rights. Literary agent Marilyn Allen has over 25 years of experience, including serving as Senior Vice President, Associate Publisher, and Director of Marketing for Harper Collins and directing sales and marketing teams for Simon & Schuster, Penguin Books and Avon Books. Ms. Allen has had the pleasure of working with many best-selling authors including Stephen King, Ken Follett, Barbara Kingsolver, John Gray, Mary Higgins Clark, and many more.

In 1974, Luigi Falconi uprooted his family from the security and comfort of their middle-class American home to become headmaster of a small oil company school in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He left education in 1978 and went to work in the Middle East oilfields. After thirty-two years in the hot desert sun of Arabia, Luigi, unable to distinguish fact from fiction in his own life, left Dubai and moved to Italy to learn Italian and rediscover the truth.

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