FPA President’s Awards Recognize Florida Authors and Publishers

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Recipients of the prestigious FPA President's Awards represent some of the very best books published by Florida writers and presses in the past year and a half.

The Florida Publishers Association (FPA) recently presented its 2012 President’s Book Awards to publishers and authors whose books were selected as the best in 20 different categories.

     The FPA President’s Book Awards Banquet was held at The Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel on Lido Beach, Sarasota following the organization’s two-day Fall Ed-U-Conference, themed “From Pbooks to Ebooks: Publish, Promote and Profit.” Participants attended presentations by nationally-recognized book experts and successful independent publishers in Florida.

     “The award winners represent some of the very best books published by Florida writers and presses in the past year and a half,” said Chris Angermann, FPA President.
     The following winners, listed by category, were selected by the competition’s 35 judges, consisting of 32 Florida librarians and three graphic designers. Up to two gold and silver medals were awarded in each of the following categories:

ADULT FICTION:
GOLD - The Color of Lies by Donna Meredith – Wild Women Writers
SILVER - Bridge to Oblivion by William Henry Hoffman – Martin Masters Publishing    
SILVER - Spare Change by Betty Lee Crosby – Bent Pine Publishing

ADULT NON-FICTION:
GOLD - Africa’s Top Wildlife Countries by Mark W. Nolting – The Africa Adventure Company
GOLD - Labyrinths by Zara Renander – Bardolf & Company
SILVER - Bitter Freedom by Jafa Wallack – Gihon River Press

AUTOBIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR:
GOLD - Life in the Land of IS by Betty Lee Crosby – Bent Pine Publishing
SILVER - Consider the Ravens by Laurie Scott-Reyes – Rising Creek Publishing
SILVER - Gray & Gay, A Journey of Self-acceptance by John D. Siegfried – Middle River Press

CHILDREN’S PICTURE (READ TO ME) BOOK:
GOLD - Over in the Forest: Come and Take a Peek written by Marianne Berkes, llustrated by Jill Dubin – Dawn Publications
SILVER - Let’s Hear It For Almigal written by Wendy Kupfer, illustrated by Tammie Lyon – Handfinger Press
SILVER - Whilomeena Loves White written by Ruth E. Clark, illustrated by Sarah Caterisano – Hibiscus Publishing

CHILDREN’S FICTION:
GOLD - Treasure in Sugar’s Book Barn: A Bailey Fish Adventure by Linda Salisbury – Tabby House
SILVER - Olivia Brophie and the Pearl of Tangelus by Christopher Tozier– Pineapple Press

CHILDREN’S NON-FICTION:
GOLD - Trouper: The True Adventures of a Blind Raccoon by Kyle L. Miller -- Jungle House Publications
SILVER - The All Florida Reader by Leo Lovel – Spring Creek

FLORIDA CHILDREN’S FICTION:
GOLD – Sunbelievable: Connecting Children with Science and Nature by Jo Ann Kairys – Story Quest Publishing

YOUNG ADULT FICTION:
GOLD - Unlocked by Ryan G. Van Cleave - Walker & Company

YOUNG ADULT NON-FICTION:
GOLD - The Little Red Writing Book: 20 Powerful Principles for Clear and Effective Writing by Brandon Royal – Maven Publishing
SILVER - The All Florida Reader by Leo Lovel – Spring Creek
SILVER - Teddy Tales by Karen Spruill – Karen Spruill Books

FLORIDA FICTION FOR ADULTS:
GOLD - Bridge to Oblivion by William Henry Hoffman – Martin Masters Publishing

FLORIDA NON-FICTION FOR ADULTS:
GOLD - Last Train to Paradise: Henry Flagler and the Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Railroad that Crossed an Ocean by Les Standiford – Flagler Museum
SILVER- Ghost Stories of Ft. Myers by Kim Cool – Historic Venice Press
SILVER – Protecting Your Family's Assets in Florida by John R. Frazier, J.D., LL.M. – Rainbow Books, Inc.

FLORIDA NON-FICTION FOR CHILDREN:
GOLD - Ghost Stories of Ft. Myers by Kim Cool – Historic Venice Press
SILVER – The All Florida Reader by Leo Lovel – Spring Creek

FANTASY/SCI-FI:
GOLD - The Mythological Dimensions of Neil Gaiman edited     by Anthony Budge, Jessica Burke and Kristine Larsen – Kitsune Books
SILVER - The Inn at Corbies’ Caww by Verlyn Flieger

HUMOR:
GOLD - How to Mess With Others for their Own Good by Chris Angermann – Bardolf & Company
POETRY:
GOLD - Blood Red Dawn by Jon Shutt – Kitsune Books
SILVER - Leave a Smile by Sam H. Bolding, Sr. – Genie Publishing
SILVER - The Wicked Old Witch of the Woods by Robert H. Gore, III – Middle River Press

SELF-HELP:
GOLD - Things I Wish I’d Known: Cancer Caregivers Speak Out by Deborah J. Cornwall – Bardolf & Company
SILVER - Blinding Pain, Simple Truth:Changing Your Life Through Buddhist Meditation by Richard S. Ellis – Rainbow Books, Inc.
SILVER - Eating an Elephant: Write Your Life One Bite at a Time by Patricia Charpentier – LifeStory Publishing

E-BOOKS:
GOLD - Hiking the Continental Divide Trail by Jennifer A Hanson – Rainbow Books, Inc.
SILVER - Protecting Your Family Assets in Florida by John R. Frazier, J.D., LL.M.– Rainbow Books, Inc.
SILVER - The Little Red Writing Book: 20 Powerful Principles for Clear and Effective Writing by Brandon Royal – Maven Publishing

COVER DESIGN:
GOLD - Lovey, the Piano Cat written by Karen Kirk Richards, illustrated by Bruce Kiel – Sanibel Cat Publishing
SILVER - The Lhasa Trilogy by Gary D. Conrad – Rainbow Books
SILVER - The Gospel of John, Photographed by David Kevin Weaver – Four Line Media

COFFEE TABLE BOOK:
GOLD - At Their Doorstep, The Street Fairs and Carnival Folk of Paris in Stories and Photographic Postcards, 1900s by Charlotte Perret – Blurb
SILVER – Our Town: An In-Depth Pictorial History of Palm Beach by Jane McTeigue, Robert Culbertson and John Blades – Flagler Museum
SILVER - Explorer’s Cookbook & Travel Guide by Yvonne Addario – Adventures in Discovery

The overall President’s Pick Award, chosen for special excellence and awarded by FPA president, Chris Angermann, was AT THEIR DOORSTEP, The Street Fairs and Carnival Folk of Paris in Stories and Photographic Postcards, 1900s by Charlotte Perret.

In addition to a medal for their awards, all winning FPA members received a certificate and FPA President’s Book Awards labels for their book covers. This year’s winning publishers and authors came from members of the Florida Publishers Association, Florida, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Canada.

FPA is a national non-profit, and professional association of publishers, authors and others interested in book publishing in Florida. It conducts numerous educational conferences, seminars and workshops throughout Florida and is affiliated with IBPA – the Independent Book Publishers Association, AAP — the Association of American Publishers, SPAN — Small Publishers Association of North America, and it is a member of the Florida Library Association, the Florida Association for Media in Education and the Florida Center for the Book. For more information, go to http://www.FloridaPublishersAssociation.com.

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For more information or contacts for winners: Chris Angermann
FPAbooks(at)gmail(dot)com Telephone: 941-232-0113 http://www.FloridaPublishersAssociation.com

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