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Kontny book wins national award

Posted by on June 17, 2011

Great news! The Life & Times of Vince Kontny, Volume 1:  The Early Years, published by the Double Shoe Publishing company and written by Vince Kontny of Ridgway, Colo., has been selected the winner of the 2011 National Indie Excellence Award in the autobiography category.

The National Indie Excellence Awards are reserved for the nation’s “best of the best” in books published in various genres. The criteria for recognition are stringent and include overall excellence in presentation. This award celebrates the highest achievements in independent press and self-publishing, a sector of the industry that has grown exponentially in recent years.

The first in a four-volume series, The Early Years is filled with stories of life on the Great Plains, family values, travel and history; and how they intertwine and influence daily living. In addition to family history, the book explains day-to-day life in that period (~1937-1959). For example, Kontny tells of driving a tractor as a six-year-old boy, and of his family’s involvement in the famous North Platte Canteen, which catered to servicemen on the troop trains stopping in North Platte, Nebraska, during World War II.

Book award programs aren’t the only place the title is receiving attention. One excerpt from the book was published in the April issue of Country magazine, and a second excerpt will be included in the August/September issue of Farm and Ranch magazine. The Early Years may be ordered by calling 970-249-2898 or via e-mail to

Kontny was born and raised near the small town of Julesburg in northeastern Colorado. After earning a degree in engineering from the University of Colorado, he served six years in the U.S. Navy Seabees, primarily in the Pacific and Southeast Asia. A career in the construction industry followed and provided Kontny the opportunity to work on all seven continents. In retirement, he returned to his first love – cattle ranching. Vince and his wife, Joan, own the Centennial Ranch between Montrose and Ridgway, Colo., which they have carefully restored and thoughtfully protected with a conservation easement.

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