The Florida Book Awards provide recognition of the best literature published by Florida authors the previous year. The Florida Non-Fiction category must be about Florida, but does not need to be written by a Florida author. The Florida State University Library coordinates the program. Wayne A. Weigand directs the program with program chair Gloria Colvin.
Seven categories comprise the competition. Seven juries with three members each choose up to five medalists for each category. Sponsoring agencies select the jurors. Authors and publishers submit their works for the judging.
A ceremony will be held on March 24 at the Historical and Cultural Awards Ceremony sponsored by the State of Florida’s Division of Cultural Affairs. The ceremony will be held in the R.A. Gray Building in Tallahassee. Additionally all medal winners will be recognized at an awards banquet at the Florida Library Association Conference on April 8th. The Conference will be held in Orlando.
Listed below are the winners of the Florida Book Awards 2009.
Gold Medal Winner: Joan Hiatt Harlow, Secret of the Night Ponies
Gold Medal Winner: Jack E. Davis, An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century
Silver Medal Winner: Carlton Ward Jr., Florida Cowboys
Bronze Medal Winner: Todd T. Turrell, Naples Waterfront – Changes in Time
Gold Medal Winner: N M Kelby, A Travel Guide for Reckless Hearts
Silver Medal Winner: Janet Burroway, Bridge of Sand
Bronze Medal Winner: Ana Menendez, The Last War
Bronze Medal Winner: A. Manette Ansay, Good Things I Wish You
Bronze Medal Winner: Michael Lister, Double Exposure
Gold Medal Winner: Campbell McGrath, Shannon
Silver Medal Winner: Denise Duhamel, Ka-Ching!
Bronze Medal Winner: Jesse Millner, Neighborhoods of My Past Sorrow
Bronze Medal Winner: Peter Meinke, Lines from Neuchatel
Gold Medal Winner: Glynn Marsh Alam, Moon Water Madness
Silver Medal Winner: Diane A. S. Stuckart, Portrait of a Lady: A Leonardo DaVinci Mystery
Bronze Medal Winner: Jonathon King, The Styx
Bronze Medal Winner: Chris Kuzneski, The Lost Throne
Bronze Medal Winner: Tim Dorsey, Nuclear Jellyfish
SPANISH LANGUAGE BOOK
Gold Medal Winner: Juan Cueto-Roig, Veintiún cuentos concisos
Silver Medal Winner: José Alvarez, Frank País y la revolución cubana
YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE
Gold Medal Winner: Alex Sanchez, Bait
Silver Medal Winner: Rick Yancey, The Monstrumologist
To learn more about Florida Book Awards, visit: http://floridabookawards.lib.fsu.edu.