FAPA President's Book Awards For 2020

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2020 Book Awards Winners

We are proud to announce the 2020 FAPA President’s Book Award winners! Our thanks, again, to the many librarians and publishing professions who served as judges this year and to the incredibly talented authors who submitted their books.

 

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And the Winners are…

Adult Fiction – General

  • GOLD:  Donna Meredith – Buried Seeds: a novel 
  • SILVER:  Julie Carpenter – Things Get Weird in Whistlestop
  • BRONZE:  Marina Brown  – The Orphan of Pitigliano  

Adult Fiction – Historical 

  • GOLD:  K.I. Knight – Fate & Freedom Book III – On Troubled Shores               
  • SILVER:  Robert N. Macomber – Honoring the Enemy: A Captain Peter Wake Novel
  • BRONZE:  David C. Edmonds – Flamenco in the Time of Moonshine and Mobsters

Adult Fiction – Mystery/Suspense

  • GOLD:  Owen Parr – The Abduction of Patient Zero
  • SILVER:  George Encizo – Murder on Grange Road
  • BRONZE:  Donald Steven Collins – While Everyone Was Sleeping

Adult – Thriller/Horror  

  • GOLD:  Mitty Walters – Breaking Destiny 
  • SILVER:  David C. Edmonds – Flamenco in the Time of Moonshine and Mobsters
  • BRONZE:  Susan Klaus – Wolf in the Crosshairs                            

Adult Fiction – Romance    

  • GOLD:  Judith Erwin – The Studio
  • SILVER:  Kerryn Reid – Anna’s Refuge: Wrackwater Bridge, Book One
  • BRONZE:  Isabella Berdyna Zysk – The Venturous Tales: A Collection                    

Adult Fiction – SciFi  

  • GOLD:  Cate Bronson – Clonedroid: The New Wave
  • SILVER:  E.S. Martell – Pirates of the Asteroids  
  • BRONZE:  Bruce Ballister – Room For Tomorrow            

Adult Fiction – Fantasy 

  • GOLD:  Louis K Lowy – The Second Life of Eddie Coyne 
  • SILVER:  Tim Westover – The Winter Sisters: A Novel  
  • BRONZE:  A.J. Park – War’s Ending 

Young Adult – Fiction

  • GOLD:  A.J. Park – War’s Ending  
  • SILVER:  Michael Benzehabe – Persianality
  • BRONZE:  M J Gaylor – The Seventh Trail; Journey to Chayah

Young Adult – Non-Fiction 

  • GOLD:  Bibi LeBlanc –   Berlin Divided – Berlin United
  • SILVER:  Miriam M. Brysk & Joanne D. Gilbert –   A Victory for Miriam 

Children – Education

  • GOLD:  Amy M. O’Quinn – Nikola Tesla for Kids
  • SILVER:  Mark Wayne Adams – Stick Horse Derby
  • BRONZE:  Haley Rose – Tap Tap Swish! Otter Counts the Band 

Children – General

  • GOLD:  Sherrill S. Cannon – David’s ADHD
  • SILVER:  Rhonda Goodall – Frizzle’s Rainbow in the Clouds
  • BRONZE:  Rhonda Goodall – Frizzle’s Holiday Treasures 

Children – Coming of Age  

  • SILVER:  M. W. Adams – G’Day: Aints 

Children – Sci-Fi / Fantasy

  • BRONZE: Fred Gray – Cloud Kingdom

Tween

  • SILVER: Sandra Golden – Adventure to Destiny, book one in the Unity Objective Series

Children – Grades 4-6

  • GOLD: Susan Koehler – Dahlia in Bloom
  • SILVER: Sarah Frank – Two Secrets
  • BRONZE: Eileen BoucherSanta and Jesus

Children – Grades K – 3rd   

  • GOLD: Eddie Price – Little Miss Grubby Toes Falls into the Pool!
  • SILVER: Anne Michelle Lawrence – Black Bear Dreams
  • BRONZE: Daniel Liebowitz See Time 

Children – Picture Book

  • GOLD: Amy Sweezey – It Never, Ever Snows in Florida
  • SILVER: Haley RoseThe Ruffington Dog Show 
  • BRONZE: Edward Ritts – Rosie’s Rescue: Rosie the Roseate Spoonbill 

Children – Preschool

  • GOLD:  Haley Rose  – The Ruffington Dog Show

Adult Non-Fiction General

  • GOLD: Ainissa Ramirez The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter transformed One Another
  •  SILVER: Elizabeth RandallAn Ocklawha River Odyssey
  •  BRONZE: Robert W. LucasComplete Guide to Ocean Cruising: Everything You Need to Know for a Great Vacation

Bio / Autobiography / Memoir

  • GOLD: Charles J. Palmeri – Boy Soldier: Recollections of World War II 
  • SILVER: Deborah Burggraaf – Miss Deacon and the Tale of William
  • BRONZE: Jerrell Grimes – Black Boys Don’t Speak 

Cookbook/Home & Garden

  • GOLD: Nancy J. Cohen – Bad Hair Day Cookbook
  • SILVER: Jim Lee – Seafood Legends  

Coffee Table Book

  • GOLD: Michael Callahan – The Musso & Frank Grill 

Business  

  • GOLD: Samuel R. Staley –   The Beatles and Economics 
  • SILVER: Deb Boelkes – Heartfelt Leadership: How to Capture the Top Spot and Keep on Soaring  
  • BRONZE: Deb Boelkes – The WOW Factor Workplace: How to Create a Best Place to Work Culture   

Poetry 

  • GOLD: Allison Joseph – Confessions of Barefaced Woman
  • SILVER: Cristina Querrer – By Astrolabes & Constellations
  • BRONZE: Katie Clark – Acceptance of Seasons   

Inspirational

  • GOLD: Dr. Carol Kennedy – Bite-Size Chocolate for the Soul – A Devotional with Conversation Starters
  • SILVER: Deborah Burggraaf Miss Deacon and the Tale of William

Religion / Spirituality  

  • GOLD: Pamela Christian – Prepare for the Harvest! Confidence in God’s End-Time Promises 
  • SILVER: Dr. Carol Kennedy – Bite-Size Chocolate for the Soul – A Devotional with Conversation Starters
  • BRONZE: Deborah L. Meyer – Redefining Family Wealth: A Parent’s Guide to Purposeful Living

Fitness/Sports/Recreation

  • GOLD: Elizabeth Randall – An Ocklawha River Odyssey
  • BRONZE: Lawrence Boettcher- Secrets of a Wisconsin Hall of Fame Trapper – Trapping for Fun & Profit 

Health

  • GOLD: Bruce Ballister – Welcome to the Zipper Club 

Humor – No Entries

Political/Current Events

  • GOLD: George R. Dekle Sr. – Six Capsules: The Gilded Age Murder of Helen Potts

Reference

  • GOLD: Eugen Spivak – PMO Governance
  • SILVER: Michael D. Toth & David A. Sousa – The Power of Student Teams: Achieving Social, Emotional, and Cognitive Learning in Every Classroom Through Academic Teaming
  • BRONZE: Arlene MillerTo Comma or Not to Comma: The Best Little Punctuation Book Ever!

 

Cover Design – Adult  

  • GOLD: Norma Beasley – Living Inside Out
  • SILVER: Jim Lee – Seafood Legends
  • BRONZE: J. E. Mooney – The Siren of Good Intentions

Cover Design – Young Adult – NO AWARD GIVEN

Cover Design – Juvenile

  • GOLD: Haley Rose – The Thankful Mermaid: I Am Kind
  • SILVER: Lucy Forsting – The Adventures of Miss Twiggs and Company
  • BRONZE: Lee Ching Kai – The Red Eyes

2020 Book Awards Finalists

Authors Listed Alphabetically

1. Adult Fiction – General         

  • Marina Brown  – The Orphan of Pitigliano  
  • Julie Carpenter – Things Get Weird in Whistlestop
  • Donna Meredith – Buried Seeds: a novel 

2. Adult Fiction – Historical   

  • David C. Edmonds – Flamenco in the Time of Moonshine and Mobsters
  • K.I. Knight – Fate & Freedom Book III – On Troubled Shores               
  • Robert N. Macomber – Honoring the Enemy: A Captain Peter Wake Novel

3. Adult Fiction – Mystery/Suspense  

  • Donald Steven Collins – While Everyone Was Sleeping
  • George Encizo – Murder on Grange Road 
  • Owen Parr – The Abduction of Patient Zero

4. Adult – Thriller/Horror    

  • David C. Edmonds – Flamenco in the Time of Moonshine and Mobsters
  • Susan Klaus – Wolf in the Crosshairs                           
  • Mitty Walters – Breaking Destiny    

5. Adult Fiction – Romance    

  • Kerryn Reid – Anna’s Refuge: Wrackwater Bridge, Book One
  • Isabella Berdyna Zysk – The Venturous Tales: A Collection                    
  • Judith Erwin – The Studio

6. Adult Fiction – SciFi    

  • Bruce Ballister – Room For Tomorrow 
  • Cate Bronson – Clonedroid: The New Wave
  • E.S. Martell – Pirates of the Asteroids             

7. Adult Fiction – Fantasy    

  • Louis K Lowy – The Second Life of Eddie Coyne  
  • A.J. Park – War’s Ending 
  • Tim Westover – The Winter Sisters: A Novel 

8. Young Adult – Fiction   

  • Michael Benzehabe – Persianality
  • M J Gaylor – The Seventh Trail; Journey to Chayah
  • A.J. Park – War’s Ending  

9. Young Adult – Non-Fiction       

  • Miriam M. Brysk & Joanne D. Gilbert –   A Victory for Miriam 
  • Bibi LeBlanc –   Berlin Divided – Berlin United

10. Children – Education

  • Mark Wayne Adams – Stick Horse Derby
  • Haley Rose – Tap Tap Swish! Otter Counts the Band
  • Amy M. O’Quinn – Nikola Tesla for Kids  

11. Children – General

  • Sherrill S. Cannon – David’s ADHD
  • Rhonda Goodall – Frizzle’s Holiday Treasures 
  • Rhonda Goodall – Frizzle’s Rainbow in the Clouds

12. Children – Coming of Age  

  • M. W. Adams – G’Day: Aints 

13. Children – Sci-Fi / Fantasy

  • Fred Gray – Cloud Kingdom

14. Tween

  • Sandra Golden – Adventure to Destiny, book one in the Unity Objective Series

15. Children – Grades 4-6                            

  • Eileen Boucher – Santa and Jesus
  • Susan Koehler – Dahlia in Bloom
  • Sarah Frank – Two Secrets

16. Children – Grades K – 3rd   

  • Daniel Liebowitz – See Time 
  • Eddie Price – Little Miss Grubby Toes Falls into the Pool!
  • Anne Michelle Lawrence – Black Bear Dreams

17. Children – Picture Book  

  • Edward Ritts – Rosie’s Rescue: Rosie the Roseate Spoonbill 
  • Haley Rose – The Ruffington Dog Show 
  • Amy Sweezey – It Never, Ever Snows in Florida 

18. Children – Preschool

  • Haley Rose – The Ruffington Dog Show

19. Non-Fiction General  

  • Robert W. Lucas – Complete Guide to Ocean Cruising: Everything You Need to Know for a Great Vacation
  • Elizabeth Randall – An Ocklawha River Odyssey
  • Ainissa Ramirez  – The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter transformed One Another

20. Bio / Autobiography / Memoir

  • Deborah Burggraaf – Miss Deacon and the Tale of William
  • Charles J. Palmeri – Boy Soldier: Recollections of World War II   
  • Jerrell Grimes – Black Boys Don’t Speak 

21. Cookbook/Home & Garden

  • Nancy J. Cohen – Bad Hair Day Cookbook
  • Jim Lee – Seafood Legends  

22. Coffee Table Book

  • Michael Callahan – The Musso & Frank Grill 

23. Business  

  • Deb Boelkes – Heartfelt Leadership: How to Capture the Top Spot and Keep on Soaring  
  • Deb Boelkes – The WOW Factor Workplace: How to Create a Best Place to Work Culture   
  • Samuel R. Staley – The Beatles and Economics: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and the Making of a Cultural Revolution 

 

 24. How-To / Self-Help  

  • Deborah Burggraaf – Miss Deacon and the Tale of William
  • Brian Sheffey – Practical Genealogy: 50 Simple Steps to Research Your Diverse Family History  
  • David Wind –   The Indie Writer’s Handbook 

25. Poetry    

  • Katie Clark – Acceptance of Seasons 
  • Allison Joseph – Confessions of Barefaced Woman
  • Cristina Querrer – By Astrolabes & Constellations  

26. Inspirational

  • Deborah Burggraaf – Miss Deacon and the Tale of William
  • Dr. Carol Kennedy – Bite-Size Chocolate for the Soul – A Devotional with Conversation Starters

27. Religion / Spirituality  

  • Pamela Christian – Prepare for the Harvest! Confidence in God’s End-Time Promises 
  • Dr. Carol Kennedy – Bite-Size Chocolate for the Soul – A Devotional with Conversation Starters
  • Deborah L. Meyer – Redefining Family Wealth: A Parent’s Guide to Purposeful Living

28. Fitness/Sports/Recreation

  • Elizabeth Randall – An Ocklawha River Odyssey
  • Lawrence Boettcher- Secrets of a Wisconsin Hall of Fame Trapper – Trapping for Fun & Profit 

29. Health

  • Bruce Ballister – Welcome to the Zipper Club 

30. Humor – NO Entries

31. Political/Current Events

  • George R. Dekle Sr. – Six Capsules: The Gilded Age Murder of Helen Potts

32. Reference

  • Arlene Miller – To Comma or Not to Comma: The Best Little Punctuation Book Ever!
  • Eugen Spivak – PMO Governance
  • Michael D. Toth & David A. Sousa – The Power of Student Teams: Achieving Social, Emotional, and Cognitive Learning in Every Classroom Through Academic Teaming

33. Cover Design – Adult  

  • Norma Beasley – Living Inside Out
  • Jim Lee – Seafood Legends
  • J. E. Mooney – The Siren of Good Intentions

34. Cover Design – Young Adult – NO AWARD GIVEN

35. Cover Design – Juvenile

  • Lucy Forsting – The Adventures of Miss Twiggs and Company
  • Lee Ching Kai – The Red Eyes
  • Haley Rose – The Thankful Mermaid: I Am Kind

Previous Medal Winners

“I’m so proud that A Beautiful Morning won a gold medal in the FAPA 2018 President’s Awards. This is my first book; for it to have been selected for such a prestigious honor is thrilling and a wonderful reward for all of my hard work.”

 

Ashley Ellington Brown

2018 Gold Medal for How-To/Self Help, A Beautiful Morning

“Entering the FAPA President’s Book Award was one of the best things I could have done for my book. I had no idea when I entered the contest, the honor that would come with winning. I even wore my medals home on the plane.”

Nancy Sprowell Geise

2016 Autobiography/Memoir and Biography Winner, Auschwitz #34207 - The Joe Rubinstein Story

“Since receiving a gold medal in the 2017 FAPA Awards for Fifo Musical Animals ABC, I have been approached by both an agent and a traditional publisher.”

Haley Rose

2017 Gold Medalist, Fifo Musical Animals ABC

“… a juried book award lends a certain prestige and legitimacy to a title. Given a choice between a best-seller campaign and a book award, I’d choose the award any day!”

Tara Alemany

2015 How to / Self-Help Winner, The Plan that Launched a Thousand Books

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