Florida Book Awards


Florida Book Awards

Congratulations to our 2013 Award Winners!

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 Florida Book Awards competition.  Juries of three members selected the winning entries in nine different categories:  general and popular fiction, Florida nonfiction, general nonfiction, poetry, children's literature,  young adult literature, Spanish language, and visual arts.  All authors are residents of Florida, with the exceptions of the Florida nonfiction and visual arts categories, which are open to authors from any location.

The Florida Book Awards exists for one purpose--to honor the best work written by Florida authors and about Florida culture in the previous year. Begun in 2006, the Florida Book Awards is the most comprehensive state book awards program in the United States, and the only one with a Spanish Language category. The successes and growth the Florida Book Awards have enjoyed in the last six years are testimony to the quality of authorship and the rich culture of books that exists and continues to prosper in the Sunshine State.

Congratulations to our 2013 Florida Book Awards Winners!

Children's Literature

Gold: Nancy J. Cavanaugh, This Journal Belongs to Ratchet (Sourcebooks)

Silver: Dianne Ochiltree, It's a Firefly Night (Blue Apple Books)

Bronze: Marianne Berkes, Over in a River: Flowing Out to the Sea (Dawn Publications)


Florida Nonfiction

Gold: Henry Knight, Tropic of Hopes: California, Florida, and the Selling of American Paradise, 1869-1929 (University Press of Florida)

Silver: Daniel L. Schafer, Zephaniah Kingsley Jr. and the Atlantic World: Slave Trader, Plantation Owner, Emancipator (University Press of Florida)

Bronze: Nathaniel Millett, The Maroons of Prospect Bluff and Their Quest for Freedom in the Atlantic World (University Press of Florida)


General Fiction

Gold: Randy Wayne White, Deceived(G.P. Putnam's Sons)

Silver: Laura Lee Smith, Heart of Palm(Grove/Atlantic)

Bronze: Steven P. Locklin, Beneath Hallowed Ground (Grey Gecko Press)


General Nonfiction

Gold: Tom Williams, Surrounded by Thunder(Inspire on Purpose)

Silver: Dave Horner, The Earhart Enigma: Retracing Amelia's Last Flight (Pelican Publishing Company)

Bronze: Bruce Gamble, Target: Rabaul: The Allied Siege of Japan's Most Infamous Stronghold, March 1943-August 1945 (Zenith Press)



Gold: Craig Blais, About Crows (University of Wisconsin Press)

Silver: David Kirby, The Biscuit Joint (LSU Press)

Bronze: Terry Ann Thaxton, The Terrible Wife (Salt Publishing)


Popular Fiction

Gold: John Tkac, Talking to Water (Southeast Books)

Silver: Brad Meltzer, The Fifth Assassin (Grand Central Publishing)

Bronze: Alex Kava, Stranded (Double Day)


Spanish Language

Gold: Manuel A. Lopez, Los Poetas Nunca Pecan Demasiado (Editorial Betania)


Visual Arts

Gold: Jerald T. Milanich and Nina J. Root, Enchantments: Julian Dimock's Photographs of Southwest Florida (University Press of Florida)

Silver: Carlton Ward Jr, Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition: Everglades to Okefenokee (Compass Editions)

Bronze: Rick Kilby, Finding the Fountain of Youth: Ponce de Leon and Florida's Magical Waters(University Press of Florida)


Young Adult

Gold: Rick Yancey, The Final Descent (Simon & Schuster)

Silver: Mary Lois Sanders, The Vision Seeker (Court Jester Publications)



The Florida Book Awards, coordinated by the Florida State University Libraries and co-sponsored by: