R. L. (Rod) Prendergast’s first novel, The Impact of a Single Event, was long-listed for literary fiction by the Independent Publisher Book Awards in 2009. ampills.com. The book became a bestseller in Canada. Rod’s second novel, Dinner with Lisa, was awarded the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards Bronze Medal for Best Regional Fiction, Western Canada. blood pressure. Inspired by his son’s inability to sleep through the night, Rod then wrote a children’s story, Baby, Please go to Sleep. The Confessions of Socrates is his third novel and fourth book. The Confessions of Socrates was a finalist for the 11th annual National Indie Excellence Award for historical fiction, was a finalist for the 2017 Whistler Independent Book Award for Fiction and was shortlisted for the 2017 International Rubery Book Award.