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Mintz & Hoke CEO Chris Knopf

Mintz & Hoke's Chris Knopf a Finalist for Connecticut Book Awards

Avon, Conn., August 20, 2010 – Maybe it’s something in the water, but Connecticut seems to spawn more than its share of writers. One of them, Mintz & Hoke CEO Chris Knopf, is a finalist for the ninth annual Connecticut Book Awards for his novel, "Hard Stop." He is one of three finalists for this award, and it’s the third time he’s reached the finals.

Presented by the Connecticut Center for the Book at Hartford Public Library, the awards honor literary work with specific ties to the state: the author, illustrator or designer must be native-born or have been a legal resident for at least three years.

"Hard Stop" is the fourth in Chris’s Hamptons mystery series which follows Sam Aquillo, who manages to be a magnet for trouble, yet moves easily up and down the complex social strata of the Hamptons.

The Connecticut Book Awards will be held Sunday, Sept. 19 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The 23 finalists will sign their books at a reception afterward. Tickets are available online at

About Mintz & Hoke Communications Group
Mintz & Hoke Communications Group is an integrated, full-service communications firm offering a wide range of strategic planning, advertising, public relations, interactive, media planning and buying, and direct marketing services. Located in Avon, Connecticut for 40 years, Mintz & Hoke’s mission is to Help Clients Win. Clients include Aetna, the state of Connecticut, Legrand Wiremold and DRS Technologies. Mintz & Hoke is a shareholder of Denver-based Worldwide Partners Inc., the world’s largest alliance of independent agencies serving clients around the globe. For more information, visit

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Heather Gillette

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