1. WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY, An Alma Mater Award
  2. “PIEMONTESI NEL MONDO”, A Prize from the Motherland
    In 2009, Pierette is returning to Italy to receive a global award given by her native region: the Piedmont. The Association of Piemontesi in the World honors annually an emigrant living outside of Italy. The award recognizes patriotism and talent in piemontesi who have contributed works or projects highlighting culture, language, literature, and the arts.

    35 ANNI DEL MONUMENTO “AI PIEMONTESI NEL MONDO”. Espressioni augurali, di apprezzamento e di consenso per i 35 annidel monumento simbolo dell’emigrazione “Ai Piemontesi nel Mondo” inaugurato a San Pietro Val Lemina (TO) nel 1974, di cui si è data notizia con notiziario dello scorso mese, sono pervenute dalPresidente della Società Italiana e Piemontese di Dolores in Uruguay Enrico Armand Hugon, e da Pierette Domenica Simpson del Michigan(USA) autrice del premiato libro “L’ultima notte dell’Andrea Doria” e affermata giornalista di origine piemontese.

    Anche la nota rivista “Italia Arte” n. 39 del dicembre 2008 ha dedicato,con un documentato articolo di Alessandra Taraglio e fotografia, ampiorisalto al valore simbolico del monumento “Ai Piemontesi nel Mondo”.

New England Book Festival

2008 Winners


Submited works are judged by a panel of industry experts using the following criteria:

  1. General excellence and the author’s passion for telling a good story.
  2. The potential of the work to reach a wider audience.
  1. General Non-fiction
  2. General Fiction
  3. Children’s books
  4. How-to
  5. Spiritual
  6. Photography/Art
  7. Fan Fiction
  8. Poetry
  9. Art
  10. Teenage
  11. Biography/Autobiography
  12. Audio/spoken word
  13. Compilations/Anthologies
  14. Best Unpublished Short Story
  15. Cookbooks
  16. Science Fiction


WINNER: Sit Down Young Stranger – John Graham

  • John Adams: Our Second President – Sneed B. Collard III
  • I Was A Younger Brother (and other life-threatening experiences) – Daniel Burch Fiddler
  • Alive on the Andrea Doria – Pierette Domenica Simpson
  • Waiting For The Sunrise – Elizabeth Gatorano
  • Thin is the New Happy – Valerie Frankel

2008 NEW ENGLAND BOOK FESTIVAL NAMES WINNERS PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (December 14, 2008) _ The 2008 New England Book Festival has named “Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency” by Barton Gellman as the winner of its annual competition honoring the best books of the holiday season. The book, an expansion of a Washington Post series, looks at the White House reign of Dick Cheney, a man who redefined the vice presidency to a never-before- seen level of influence that ranged from war, the economy, the environment and the law. Gellman parts the curtains of secrecy surrounding Cheney in documentary fashion to show how the vice president operated and what he wrought. Gellman and other festival winners will be honored during a ceremony to be held in Providence, Rhode Island on January 24, 2009.