The Florida Book Awards are sponsored by an association of arts and literary organizations and coordinated by the Florida State University libraries.
The awards recognize, celebrate, and honor the best Florida literature and books about Florida published in the previous year.
Two weeks ago the winners of the 9th annual Florida Book Awards were announced. Here are the winners of the Gold category. An in-depth description of winning books and their authors will be featured in the summer edition of Forum, the statewide magazine of the Florida Humanities Council. www.floridahumanities.org
- Florida Non-Fiction: La Florida, Five Hundred Years of Hispanic Presence, edited by Viviana Diaz Balsera and Rachel A. May
- General Fiction: The Invention of Wings, Sue Monk Kidd
- General Fiction: Merlin Stone Remembered, David Axelrod, Lenny Schneir and Carol Thomas
- Poetry: Slant Six, Erin Belieu
- Popular Fiction: Haunted, Randy Wayne White
- Spanish Language: El Arma Secreta, Jose Fernandez Pequeno
- Children’s Literature: Cleopatra in Space, Mike Malhack
- Visual Arts: Africans in Florida: Five Hundred Year as of African Presence in the Sunshine State, Amanda B. Carlson and Robin Poynor
- Young Adult Literature: Kiss the Broken Glass, Madeleine Kuderick
Other news: If you are a fan of Tampa author Michael Connelly and his crime-writing books whose main character is LA detective Harry Bosch, you’ll be glad to learn that Bosch is now an original TV series. Connelly is an executive producer and writer of the series. The first season, which began on Friday, 2.20, of 10 episodes will be available to stream on Amazon Prime. Check it out!