Florida Book Awards

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Congratulations to our 2014 Florida Book Awards Winners!

Read more about the 2014 winners in the summer issue of FORUM magazine.

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

Children’s Literature

Just a Drop of WaterHello Im Johnny CashCleopatra in Space Gwen P. Reichert Gold Medal for Children's Literature: Cleopatra in Space (Scholastic) by Mike Maihack YouTube video of an interview with the author

Silver: Hello, I'm Johnny Cash (Candlewick Press) by G. Neri, illustrated by A.G. Ford

Bronze: Just A Drop of Water (Sky Pony Press) by Kerry O'Malley Cerra

Florida Non-Fiction The Piece of BlueMr FlaglerLa Florida

Gold: La Florida: Five Hundred Years of Hispanic Presence (University Press of Florida) edited by Viviana Díaz Balsera and Rachel A. May YouTube video of an interview with the author

Silver: The Peace of Blue: Water Journeys (University Press of Florida) by Bill Belleville

Bronze: Mr. Flagler's St. Augustine by (University Press of Florida) Thomas Graham


General Fiction

The ShelteringHeaven of AnimalsThe INvention of Wings

Gold: The Invention of Wings (Viking Penguin Group) by Sue Monk Kidd YouTube video of an interview with the author

Silver: The Heaven of Animals (Simon & Schuster) by David James Poissant

Bronze: The Sheltering (University of South Carolina Press) by Mark Powell


General Non Fiction

Southside buddhistEiensteinMerlin Stone Remembered

Gold: Merlin Stone Remembered (Llewellyn Worldwide) by David B. Axelrod, Lenny Schneir, and Carol Thomas YouTube video of an interview with the author

Silver: Einstein Relatively Simple: Our Universe Revealed in Everyday Language (World Scientific Publishing Company) by Ira Mark Egdall

Bronze: Southside Buddhist Essays (University of Tampa Press) by Ira Sukrungruang


PoetryThe Small BladesOn the Street of DivineSlant Six

Gold: SLANT SIX (Copper Canyon Press) by Erin Belieu

Silver: On the Street of Divine Love (University of Pittsburgh Press) by Barbara Hamby

Bronze: The Small Blades Hurt (Measure Press) by Erica Dawson


Popular FictionThe Design is MurderHauntedAssassins Game

Gold: Haunted (G. P. Putnam's Sons) by Randy Wayne White

Silver: Assassin’s Game (Forge Books) by Ward Larsen

Bronze: The Design is Murder (Carina Press) by Jean Harrington


Visual ArtsSurfing FloridaEvergladesAfrica in Florida

Gold: Africa in Florida: Five Hundred Years of African Presence in the Sunshine State (University Press of Florida) edited by Amanda B. Carlson and Robin Poynor

Silver: Everglades: America’s Wetland (University Press of Florida) by Mac Stone YouTube video of an interview with the author

Bronze: Surfing Florida: A Photographic History (University Press of Florida)by Paul Aho


Spanish LanguageEl Arma Secreta

Gold: El Arma Secreta (Editora Nacional de la República Dominicana) by José M. Fernández Pequeño


Young AdultKiss of Broken GlassMore than Good EnoughKnockout Games

Gold:  Kiss of Broken Glass (HarperTeen) by Madeleine Kuderick YouTube video of an interview with the author

Silver: Knockout Games (Carolrhoda Lab/Lerner Publishing Group) by G. Neri

Bronze: More Than Good Enough (Flux) by Crissa-Jean Chappell YouTube video of an interview with the author

Winners by Location
(Florida only)

David B. Axelrod - DAYTONA
Viviana Díaz Balsera - MIAMI
Bill Belleville - SANFORD
Kerry O'Malley Cerra - CORAL SPRINGS
Crissa-Jean Chappell - MIAMI
Erica Dawson - TAMPA
Ira Mark Egdall - HOLLYWOOD
Thomas Graham - ST. AUGUSTINE
Barbara Hamby - TALLAHASSEE
Jean Harrington - NAPLES
Sue Monk Kidd – MARCO ISLAND
Madeleine Kuderick – PALM HARBOR
Ward Larsen - SARASOTA
Mike Maihack - LUTZ
Rachel A. May - TAMPA
G. Neri - TAMPA
José M. Fernández Pequeño - MIAMI
David James Poissant - OVIEDO
Mark Powell - DELAND
Robin Poynor - GAINESVILLE
Lenny Schneir - DAYTONA
Ira Sukrungruang – BRANDON
Carol Thomas - PALM COAST
Randy Wayne White - SANIBEL

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