At Age 91, Author and Publisher Wins 2017 Literary Classics International Book Award Gold Medal

Author Martha Driscoll has been awarded the 2017 Literary Classics International Book Award Gold Medal for Nosey’s Wild Ride on the Belle of Louisville.

Online PR News – 17-July-2017 – Dover, New Hampshire – Local author and long-time educator Martha Driscoll has recently been awarded the 2017 Literary classics International Book Award Gold Medal for her early reader picture book, Nosey’s Wild Ride on the Belle of Louisville. At age 91 Driscoll has formed her own publishing company, Driscoll Publishing, and has brought forward an updated edition of her marvelous tale about the Belle of Louisville, the historic river steamboat still working on the Ohio River today. The book tells the tale of a mischievous cat that wanders on board the Belle and leads four children on a wild chase all over the boat. This rascal of a cat causes pandemonium wherever he goes. In turn, the children (and the book’s readers) learn what makes a steamboat unique.

Driscoll’s imaginative book to date has already garnered multiple awards and honors, including the Story Monsters Approved Books Worth Devouring Seal from Story Monsters Magazine. The Story Monsters Approved! designation was developed by Five Star Publications, Inc. publisher of Story Monsters Magazine, to recognize and honor accomplished authors in the field of children’s literature, as well as children's products that inspire, inform, teach, or entertain.

Nosey’s Wild Ride on the Belle of Louisville has also earned Mom’s Choice Awards for Excellence Gold. The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for children, families and educators. The program is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. The organization has reviewed thousands of entries from more than 55 countries. The MCA evaluation process uses a propriety methodology in which entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal and cost.

Driscoll, who retired from the faculty of Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky in 1995, authored Nosey’s Wild Ride as a tribute to the steamboat she has known and loved nearly her entire life. The Belle of Louisville is the only steamboat in the country built during the Great Steamboat Era (1820s to the 1920s) that is still cruising. Driscoll even attended her senior prom aboard this venerable riverboat, which was built only two years after the sinking of the Titanic during a major world war and at a time when the US economy was still very much based on agriculture.

Driscoll noted, “For almost 150 years, steamboats ruled the rivers and served an important role in the development of our country. This wonderful old ‘gal’ still runs today and I believe kids and people of all ages can’t fail to be enchanted by its wonderful attributes: the sound of the water in the paddlewheel, the music of the calliope, the working sound of the steam engine and the classic appeal of its whistle. There isn’t another experience quite like it! I wrote this book because I wanted children to learn about the Belle, about steamboats and the special experience they offer.”

Driscoll’s book includes the whimsical ink and colored pencil drawings of graphical designer Susan Andra Lion, as well as a Seek-&-Find activity for young readers. Nosey’s Wild Ride on the Belle of Louisville is available through many channels, including and through many local independent bookstores. For more information about The Belle of Louisville, please visit


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