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Mark Bittman and Richard Pine to be Honored at Books for a Better Life Awards

October 23, 2013

Contact:
Liz Samurovich
liz.samurovich@nmss.org
212-453-3209

Journalist, author and founder of The Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington, will present Richard Pine, of literary agency InkWell Management, with the Hall of Fame award at the 18th Annual Books for a Better Life Awards Ceremony set for Monday, March 10, 2014 at the Times Center in Manhattan, benefiting the New York City – Southern New York Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

The event, hosted by television personality Meredith Vieira, will also honor bestselling author Mark Bittman, Opinion Columnist for The New York Times and Lead Food Columnist for The New York Times Magazine, with its Hall of Fame Award. The Acorda MS Spotlight Award, presented by bestselling author Lee Woodruff, will go to Kristie Salerno Kent, author of Dreams: My Journey with Multiple Sclerosis, who has been living with MS since 1999, as the mission speaker.
In addition, The Books for a Better Life Awards will be presented to the best self-improvement books published in 2013.  Submissions are now being accepted for awards in ten categories:

• Childcare/Parenting
• Cookbooks
• First Book
• Green
• Inspirational Memoir
• Motivational
• Psychology
• Relationships
• Spiritual
• Wellness
Submission guidelines are available at www.MSnyc.org.

“Every year, seems to get better and better, “ says Robin Einbinder, president of the New York City - Southern New York Chapter of the National MS Society. “We are very pleased and look forward to honoring this fantastic pool of literary talent, and hearing from our mission speaker who puts a face on the importance of raising money to find a cure for multiple sclerosis.”

“Richard Pine and Mark Bittman represent the best of what self-improvement publishing is all about,” says Scott Manning, Founder and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Books for a Better Life Awards. “Their books, and those written by our soon-to-be-selected finalists, have helped millions of people.”

Since its inception in 1996, the Books for a Better Life Awards have recognized more than 650 self-improvement authors, raising more than $2 million for the New York City – Southern New York Chapter’s comprehensive support services and educational programs for people living with MS, their families and friends as well as the Society’s critical research initiatives. The Awards recognize self-improvement authors whose messages are aligned with the chapter’s mission of inspiring people to live their best lives.

About the New York City – Southern New York Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society

The New York City – Southern New York Chapter of the National MS Society is committed to helping the 10,000 people living with multiple sclerosis in the five boroughs and Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange and Sullivan counties continue moving their lives forward. The chapter raises funds locally to support the Society’s critical research initiatives and to provide hundreds of comprehensive support services and educational programs for people living with MS, their family and friends. For more information, visit www.MSnyc.org.The New York City – Southern New York Chapter of the National MS Society is committed to helping the 10,000 people living with multiple sclerosis in the five boroughs and Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange and Sullivan counties continue moving their lives forward. The chapter raises funds locally to support the Society’s critical research initiatives and to provide hundreds of comprehensive support services and educational programs for people living with MS, their family and friends. For more information, visit www.MSnyc.org.

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

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