Randy Wayne White, bestselling writer of crime fiction and non-fiction adventure books, lives on Sanibel Island.
He is best known for his series of crime novels featuring fictional character Doc Ford, a retired NSA agent and marine biologist who lives on the Gulf Coast of southern Florida. In March he published his latest book, “Cuba Straits”, the 22nd of his Doc Ford thrillers.
In February White was recognized at the 9th Annual Florida Book Awards, an association of arts and literary organizations and coordinated by the Florida State University libraries, in the category of popular fiction.
The awards recognize, celebrate, and honor the best Florida literature and books about Florida published in the previous year. In-depth descriptions 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)
Other winners included:
- 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