2019 FAPA President's Book Awards Medalists

Recognizing book publishing excellence and creativity in design, content, and production.

The Board of Directors of the Florida Authors and Publishers Association are pleased to announce the 2019 FAPA President’s Books Awards medalists.

Each year, the FAPA President’s Book Awards program recognizes book publishing excellence and creativity in design, content, and production for North American authors and publishers. Librarians, book industry professionals, and educators from Florida and other states judge content, theme, layout, and cover design elements.

For 2019, FAPA awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals in twenty-five categories. On Saturday, August 3, 2019, the 2019 medalist were honored at the FAPA President’s Book Awards Banquet. Read the press announcement here.

If you are a medalist, you can order your cover decals here.

Please join us in congratulating this year’s winners.

1. Adult Fiction General

Gold | Emily Gone by Bette Lee Crosby

Silver | And Throw Away the Skins by Scott Jones

Silver | The Guy in the Box by Iain Bird

Bronze | My Mother?s Apprentice by Diana McDonough


2. Adult Fiction Historical

Gold | War Calls, Love Cries by Mark Barie

Silver | Breaking from the Enemy by J.R. Sharp

Silver | Calusa Spirits by Samuel Staley

Bronze | The Earl in Black Armor by Nancy Blanton


3. Adult Fiction Mystery

Gold | The Mourning Islands by Douglas Wells

Silver | Betrayed in Beaufort by Linda Heavner Gerald

Silver | The Mystery of the Moving Image by C.S. Poe

Bronze |Rosemary’s Beach House Linda Heavner Gerald


4. Adult Fiction Romance

Gold | A Year of Extraordinary Moments by Bette Lee Crosby

Silver | The Greysons  by Dana Brown

Silver | Loving Gia to Death  by Rena Koontz

Bronze | A Fierce Wind by Regan Walker


5. Adult Fiction Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Gold | Dark Opius: Watchtower by Dariel Raye & Muffy Wilson

Silver | Fortitude Rising: Vol. 1 Magical Bond by Angelique Bochnak

Silver | The Savage War by Esther Wallace

Bronze | Ansgar: The Struggle of a People by Aleksandra Layland


6. Adult Fiction Horror/Suspense/Thriller

Gold | Too Many Hats: Herbal Medicine and the Mob by William Curatolo

Silver | Delphys Rising by Kip Koelsch

Silver | Silent Survivor by Deborah Shlian

Bronze |Danger in the Clouds by Judith Barrett


7. Autobiography/Memoir/Biography

Gold | Dear Willy, The True Story of a Life Well-Lived by Claire Geheb

Silver | A Dream Called Kristy  by Becky McGregor

Silver | The King of No: A Financial Firefighter by Loyall Wilson

Bronze | Women of Valor: Polish Jewish Resisters to the Third Reich by Joanne Gilbert


8. Business

Gold | Publish with Purpose by Tara Alemany

Silver | 2019 Weird & Wacky Holiday Marketing Guide by Ginger Marks

Silver | Leading in a Diverse Environment by Teddie Malangwasira

Bronze | The Future of Omni-Channel Retail by Lionel Binnie


9. Children’s Picture Book Ages 0-7

Gold | Fifo, Today I Feel Emotion by Hayley Rose

Silver | I’d Like a Cat Like That by Linda Bigbee

Silver | Mia’s Reflections by Ginger Marks

Bronze | Harley Basil and the Lost Pup by Lena Cannata Patterson


10. Children’s Chapter Book Ages 7-12

Gold | Laura and Grandpa Discovering Da Vinci Book 3 by Robert Krupp

Silver | The Incredible Adventure of the Eight Cousins by Barney Beard

Silver | My Pancreas Needs Glasses by Rhonda Goodall

Bronze | Growing Up Behind the Scenes by Deborah Ford


11. Coffee Table Book/Cookbook/Home & Garden

Gold | Dance Across the USA by Jonathan Givens

Silver | A Pirate’s Life in the Golden Age of Piracy by Robert Jacob

Silver | Locust Projects: The 20th Anniversary Retrospective by Locust Projects

Bronze | Heroes: A Tribute, Collector’s Edition by Doug Meyer


12. Education

Gold | A Pirate’s Life in the Golden Age of Piracy by Robert Jacob

Silver | Hoodless Klan by Ruth Baskerville

Silver | Murals of the Palm Beaches by Sharon Koskoff

Bronze | Jimmy, The Nature Smart Ninja by Mary Massey


13. Young Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction

Gold | The Savage War by Esther Wallace

Silver |Albina by Aleksandra Layland

Silver | Legend of Ashneer Creature of Darkness by Rebekah Aman

Bronze | Losing Herself by Lyla Ellzey


14. How-to/Self-help/Inspirational

Gold | Miracles of Recovery by Harriet Hunter

Silver | The Crowning Venture by Saadia Mian

Silver | You are a Heroine: A Retelling of the Hero’s Journey by Susanna Liller

Bronze | Publish with Purpose by Tara Alemany


15. Health/Fitness/Sports/Recreation

Gold | Resurrection Lily: The BRCA Gene by Amy Shainman

Silver | Golf for Beginners by Barney Beard


16. Humor

Gold | Scantily Clad Truths by Leslie Halpern

Silver | Phylis: Tales of a Jewish Child During the Depression by Phylis Goldberg

Silver | The Secret Files of Hugo and Victoria by Buck Buchanan


17. Nonfiction Adult

Gold | Unveiled The Twenty & Odd by Kathryn Hall Knight

Silver | Behind and Beyond the Badge  Vol. II by Donna Brown

Silver | A Pirate’s Life in the Golden Age of Piracy by Robert Jacob

Bronze | The Joy of Cruising by Paul Thornton


18. Nonfiction Children

Gold | When Kids Have Grandparents as Parents by Lauren Gould


19. Poetry

Gold | Proverbs of My Season by Pat Stanford

Silver | Blood Moon by Andrew Jarvis

Silver | The Leaf Does Not Believe it Will Fall by Marina Doyle-Brown

Bronze | A Dime is a Sign by Sherrill Cannon


20. Political/Current Events

Gold | Behind and Beyond the Badge Vol. II by Donna Brown

Silver | Boomers to Millenials by Daniel and Nathan Rubin

Silver | The History of Liberia by Captain Hank Bracker


21. Reference

Gold | Writing a Cozy Mystery by Nancy Cohen

Silver | How to Correctly Format a Stage Play by Walter Schenck

Silver | Unveiled, The Twenty & Odd by K.I. Knight

Bronze | The History of Liberia by Captain Hank Bracker


22. Religion/Spirituality

Gold | A Glossary of Life by Manny Garcia

Silver | Blessed A Poetic Devotional Journal by Allen Perrin

Silver | Stepping Out, A Journey of the Soul by Kim Laliberte

Bronze| The Crowning Venture by Saadia Mian


23. Cover Design Juvenile

Silver | Corky’s Travels by Deborah Burggraaf

Silver | Josie on Shadowridge Drive by Deborah Burggraaf


24. Cover Design Young Adult

Bronze | Losing Herself by Lyla Ellzey


25. Cover Design Adult

Gold | Proverbs of My Seasons by Pat Stanford

Silver | The Greysons by Dana Brown

Silver | Unveiled The Twenty & Odd by K.I. Knight

Bronze | Tales of the Crimson Diamond Book I by Tina Boulton



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