CHICAGO, Ill. /Publishers Newswire/ — After earning Reader’s Choice and Editor’s Choice awards in its first year of publication, Joe Redden Tigan’s debut novel, Waggle, has received the Star Program award from publisher iUniverse. Acceptance into the Star Program is the publisher’s highest honor. The Star Program rewards authors who have achieved success in the independent publishing sector by showcasing their books for large chain bookstores and higher-profile industry representatives to consider. Waggle kicks off 2009 by being re-issued in hardcover.

Waggle cover“I’m proud to have been selected as a Star author,” Tigan said. “If Waggle can find a larger audience as a result, that would obviously be very gratifying.”

The iUniverse Star Review Board rewarded Tigan for achieving high marks with critics and readers, many citing his innovative style and unique perspective on the pursuit of happiness in America in the new millennium.

The Midwest Book Review highly recommends Waggle as “an involving novel about an awakening sense of social responsibility.”

Originally published in March 2007, Waggle pre-empted the phenomenon now known as the sub-prime mortgage meltdown, with almost all of its characters having a vested interest in the real estate game no matter what the cost of their rabid suburban sprawl. They seek out their favorite golf course to escape their very profitable but very loud creation, if just for one day.

About Waggle

It’s July 28, 2003 in Carlsburg, IL, where almost everyone is employed in the real estate industry, indicating the need to accommodate the bone-jarring residential and commercial real estate development that has started to surround Chicago. Triple-the-Pines Golf Course, Tigan’s oddly enchanted fictional Chicagoland course, provides safe haven from the ravenous, encroaching development. And possibly a zigzagging path towards enlightenment.

About the Author

Joe Redden Tigan has had poetry published in The High Plains Literary Review and other literary journals. Waggle is his first novel. Tigan was born in DeKalb, IL, and currently lives in the Chicagoland area.

Waggle is available in bookstores and at all online booksellers, including,, and

ISBN: 978-1-935278-12-2. Revision date: 1/17/09. Price: $14.95 paperback (US), $24.95 hardcover, $6.00 e-book. Publisher: iUniverse Star

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