“The Mayor: Joe Riley and the Rise of Charleston” by Post and Courier writer Brian Hicks has won a 2016 silver Independent Publisher Book Award in the category of biography.

The IPPY Awards are doled out annually and honor the year’s best independently published titles from around the world. The awards are intended to bring increased recognition to the thousands of exemplary independent, university and self-published titles published each year.

Author Amber Brock, who grew up in Spartanburg and graduated from Furman University in 2002, has written the novel “A Fine Imitation,” which will be published by Crown on May 3. Set in 1923, the novel tells the story of Vera Bellington whose amorous adventure in high-society New York City forces her to consider the true cost of privilege.

Brock teaches British literature in Atlanta. She will appear in Spartanburg, at Hub City Bookstore at 7 p.m. June 2 for a book signing. She will be in Greenville at Fiction Addiction at 2 p.m. June 4. She will be at Litchfield Books on Pawley’s Island at 11 a.m. June 10.

Harry Farthing, a former real estate consultant, retired in 2010 and relocated with his wife to Charleston. His interest in global exploration and his experience as a mountain climber led him to write a novel called “Summit,” to be released in June from Blackstone Publishing.

“Summit” is a thriller set at the start of World War II. Josef Becker, a renegade German infantryman, is caught helping Austrian Jews escape to Switzerland. Under arrest for treason, he is compelled to mount the Nazi flag at the summit of Mount Everest. If he fails, his mother and sisters will be executed.

The book will be available June 16 as a $29.99 hardcover and a $6.99 ebook.

Lydia Inglett Publishing has released “Charleston Salt and Iron,” a large-format photography book edited by Wendy Nilsen Pollitzer and featuring short essays by local figures who discuss various aspects of city life.

Writers include Charlotte Jenkins, Mike Veeck, Jonathan Sanchez, Marcus Amaker, Nigel Redden, the Rev. Joseph Darby, Sully Witte and more. “Charleston Salt and Iron” is available for $34.95 at local bookstores and online.

Jim Bailey, a physician from Memphis, Tenn., will appear at Blue Bicycle Books, 420 King St., 5:30 p.m. Friday to sign copies of his novel “The End of Healing.” The book won a silver medal in the 2016 Benjamin Franklin Awards competition in the category of Popular Fiction.

Adam Parker