2009 Award Winners


On Saturday, September 26, 2009, the Florida Publishers Association (FPA) presented its 2009 President’s Book Awards to members whose books were chosen as best in 16 different categories and one special category, President’s Pick, chosen by FPA’s President, Chris Angermann, of New Chapter Publisher, Sarasota, FL. 

FPA Book Awards Chair, Betsy Lampe, president of Rainbow Books, Inc., Lakeland, FL, was the mistress of ceremonies for the President’s Book Awards Banquet at The Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel on Lido Beach, Sarasota.

“While it’s quite an honor for the publishers, authors, illustrators and designers whose books won gold and silver medals” says Lampe, who also acts as the group’s association executive, “the awards also provide a new platform from which the publishers can launch new marketing efforts. Publishing is a business, and receiving industry recognition, such as winning in the FPA 2009 President’s Book Awards, can help reviewers, retailers and readers identify some great and, perhaps, previously undiscovered books.”

In addition to medals to commemorate their awards, winners and finalists in each category received an award certificate and President’s Book Awards labels for their book covers.

The evening awards banquet was part of the two-day FPA 2009 Publishing Ed-U-Conference, themed “Strategies for Success.” Participants attended presentations by nationally recognized book experts and successful independent publishers in Florida.

The following gold and silver medal winners, listed by category, were selected by the competition’s 22 judges (19 Florida librarians and 3 members of an award-winning, nationally recognized book design firm):

Picture Book

Gold Medal Winner

countess pigula.jpgAdventures of Countess Pigula - Up, Up and Awaywritten and illustrated by Karen Freysinger, published by “A-Ha!” Elora Danan Productions, Inc. (Estero, FL) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silver Medal Winners

Airport MouseOpening Day.jpgAirport Mouse Explores on Opening Day by Ruth E. Clark, illustrated by Phil Jones, published by Hibiscus Publishing (Naples, FL)

 

Airport Mouse Becomes a VIP.jpgAirport Mouse Becomes a VIP/VIM World Traveler by Ruth E. Clark, illustrated by Phil Jones, published by Hibiscus Publishing (Naples, FL)

 

Kersplatypus.jpgKersplatypus by Susan Mitchell, illustrated by Sherry Rogers, published by Sylvan Dell Publishing (Mount Pleasant, SC)

 

 

 

 

 

Florida Fiction for Children

Gold Medal Winner

Florida Santa.jpgFlorida Santa: Is He Real? How Do We Know It? by Ruth E. Clark, illustrated by Sarah Caterisano, published by Hibiscus Publishing (Naples, FL)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Young Adult Nonfiction

Gold Medal Winner

UnlockYourEdPotential.jpgUnlock Your Educational Potential by Dr. Brian R. Haig and Jeffrey D. Haig, published by Maximize Your Education (Irvine, CA)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Young Adult Fiction

Gold Medal Winner

CordofThreeStrands.JPGA Cord of Three Strands by Holly Moulder, published by White Pelican Press (Sharpsburg, GA)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children’s Fiction

Gold Medal Winner

MysteriousJamestownSuitcase.jpgThe Mysterious Jamestown Suitcase: A Bailey Fish Adventure by Linda Salisbury, published by Tabby House (Mineral, VA)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silver Medal Winners

Jonathans Journey.jpgJonathan's Journey to Mount Miapu by Ellen Wolfson Valladares, illustrated by Maureen Burdock, published by Argami Productions, LLC (Weston, FL)

 

ghostoftheChickenCoopTheatre.jpgGhost of the Chicken Coop Theater: A Bailey Fish Adventure by Linda Salisbury, published by Tabby House (Mineral, VA)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children’s Nonfiction

Gold Medal Winner

Kiddish Yiddish.jpgKiddish Yiddish: Jewish Traditions & Culture in Rhyme by Barbara Feltquate, illustrated by Tom Post, published Bardolf & Co. (Sarasota, FL)

 

 

 

 

Silver Medal Winner

IsabellesDream.jpgIsabelle's Dream: A Story and Activity Book for a Child's Grief Journey by Betsy Bottino Arenella, published by Quality of Life Publishing Company (Naples, FL)

 

 

 

 

 

Adult Nonfiction

Gold Medal Winner

EverydaySymbols.jpgEveryday Symbols for Joyful Living by Dianne Durante, Ed.S., published by of Life Publishing Company (Naples, FL)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silver Medal Winners

The Half-Life of a Nucliear Battery.jpgThe Half-Life of a Nuclear Battery by Philip H. Talbert, published by Astral Publishing (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

 

RealMenDoCry.jpgReal Men Do Cry: A Quarterback's Inspiring Story of Tackling Depression and Surviving Suicide Loss by Eric Hipple, published by Quality of Life Publishing Company (Naples, FL)

 

 

 

 

 

Memoirs

Gold Medal Winner

CapturedHorizons.jpgCaptured Horizons: An Artist's Journey by Michael Judge, published by New Chapter Publisher (Sarasota, FL)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silver Medal Winners

Journey Less Traveled.jpgThe Journey Less Traveled: Choose to Turn Your Tragedy Into Triumph by Loretta "Faith" Harris, published by Children's Heart Publishing Company (Orlando, FL)

 

The Half-Life of a Nucliear Battery.jpgThe Half-Life of a Nuclear Battery by Philip H. Talbert, published by Astral Publishing (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Florida Fiction for Adults

Gold Medal Winner

promise_to_poppy_large.jpgPromise to Poppy: A Bath Pond Book by Lowell Teal (Windermere, FL) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Florida Nonfiction for Adults

Gold Medal Winner

Treasured Waters.jpgTreasured Waters: The Indian River Lagoon by Richard A. Kelly and Camille S. Yates, published by Pioneer River Press (Fort Pierce, FL)

 

 

 

 

Adult Fiction

Gold Medal Winner

Mill Town.jpgMill Town by P.D. LaFleur, published by RGI Press (Punta Gorda, FL)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silver Medal Winner

alex_cover.jpgAlex and the Color of the Wind by Piero Rivolta, published by Chapter Publisher (Sarasota, FL)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interior Design

Gold Medal Winner

Finger Sandwiches.jpgTastefully Small Finger Sandwiches: Easy Party Sandwiches for All Occasions by Kim Hendrickson, published Atlantic Publishing Company (Ocala, FL)

 

 

 

 

 

Silver Medal Winner

ColorAlchemy.jpgColorAlchemy: Self-Mastery with the Endless Supply of Color written and designed by Jami Lin, published by Earth Design, Inc. (Venice, FL)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cover Design

Gold Medal Winner

Desert Canapes.jpgTastefully Small Dessert Canapés: Bite-Sized Sweets for Easy Entertaining by Kim Hendrickson, published by Atlantic Publishing Company (Ocala, FL)

 

 

 

 

 

Silver Medal Winners

Jazz from Row Six.jpgJazz from Row Six: Photographs 1981–2007 by Jean Germain, published by New Chapter Publisher (Sarasota, FL)

 

promise_to_poppy_large.jpgPromise to Poppy: A Bath Pond Book by Lowell Teal (Windermere, FL) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coffee Table Book

Gold Medal Winner

Jazz from Row Six.jpgJazz from Row Six: Photographs 1981–2007 by Jean Germai, published by Chapter Publisher (Sarasota, FL)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silver Medal Winner

Treasured Waters.jpgTreasured Waters: The Indian River Lagoon by Richard A. Kelly and Camille S. Yates, published by Pioneer River Press LLC (Fort Pierce, FL)

 

 

 

Business Book

Gold Medal Winner

Roberts Rules.jpgThe Complete Guide to Robert’s Rules of Order Made Easy: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply by Rita Cook, published by Atlantic Publishing Company (Ocala, FL)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silver Medal Winners

Bullies at Work.jpgThe Complete Guide to Understanding, Controlling and Stopping Bullies & Bullying at Work: A Complete Guide for Managers, Supervisors, and Co-Workers by Margaret R. Kohut, MSW, published by Atlantic Publishing Company (Ocala, FL)

 

Secret Power of Blogging.jpgThe Secret Power of Blogging by Bruce C. Brown, published by Atlantic Publishing Company (Ocala, FL)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poetry Book

Gold Medal Winner

east of pouring.jpgEast of Pouring by William Drew Weinbrenner, published by Ahewlu Productions LLC (Orlando, FL)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

President’s Pick

RealMenDoCry.jpgReal Men Do Cry: A Quarterback's Inspiring Story of Tackling Depression and Surviving Suicide Loss by Eric Hipple, published by Quality of Life Publishing Company (Naples, FL)









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