Florida Book Awards

Florida Book Award

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Congratulations to our 2013 Florida Book Awards Winners!

Children's Literature
Florida Nonfiction
General Fiction
General NonFiction
Popular Fiction
Visual Arts
Young Adult Literature
Spanish Language Book

Children’s Literature

Gold: Nancy J. Cavanaugh, This Journal Belongs to Ratchet (Sourcebooks)YouTube video of an interview with the author
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 Non-Fiction

Gold: Henry Knight, Tropic of Hopes: California, Florida, and the Selling of American Paradise, 1869-1929 (University Press of Florida)YouTube video of an interview with the author
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/AtlanticYouTube video of an interview with the author)
Bronze: Steven P. Locklin, Beneath Hallowed Ground (Grey Gecko Press)


General Non Fiction

Gold: Tom Williams, Surrounded by Thunder (Inspire on Purpose)YouTube video of an interview with the author
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)YouTube video of an interview with the author
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)


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)YouTube video of an interview with the author


Spanish Language

Gold: Manuel A. Lopez, Los Poetas Nunca Pecan Demasiado (Editorial Betania)YouTube video of an interview with the author


Young Adult

Gold:  Rick Yancey, The Final Descent (Simon & Schuster)
Silver: Mary Lois Sanders, The Vision Seeker (Court Jester Publications)