The winners of the 2014 Florida Book Awards include bestselling authors like Brad Meltzer, Randy Wayne White and Rick Yancey as well as a couple of writers from the Tampa Bay area: children's author Nancy J. Cavanaugh and photographer Carlton Ward Jr.
The annual awards, administered by the Florida State University Libraries and sponsored by an array of cultural and literacy organizations, celebrate the best Florida literature and books about Florida published in the previous year. Up to three winners in each of nine categories are chosen by three-person juries. The winners will be recognized in March at a luncheon at the Governor's Mansion.
The winning authors and books will be featured in the summer issue of Forum, the magazine of the Florida Humanities Council, available at flahum.org.
The 2014 Florida Book Award winners are:
Children's literature: Gold medal, Nancy J. Cavanaugh, This Journal Belongs to Ratchet; silver, Dianne Ochiltree, It's a Firefly Night; bronze, Marianne Berkes, Over in a River: Flowing Out to the Sea
Florida nonfiction: Gold, Henry Knight, Tropic of Hopes: California, Florida, and the Selling of American Paradise, 1869-1929; silver, Daniel L. Schafer, Zephaniah Kingsley Jr. and the Atlantic World: Slave Trader, Plantation Owner, Emancipator; bronze, Nathaniel Millett, The Maroons of Prospect Bluff and Their Quest for Freedom in the Atlantic World
General fiction: Gold, Randy Wayne White, Deceived; silver, Laura Lee Smith, Heart of Palm; bronze, Steven P. Locklin, Beneath Hallowed Ground
General nonfiction: Gold, Tom Williams, Surrounded by Thunder; silver, Dave Horner, The Earhart Enigma: Retracing Amelia's Last Flight; bronze, Bruce Gamble, Target: Rabaul: The Allied Siege of Japan's Most Infamous Stronghold, March 1943-August 1945
Poetry: Gold, Craig Blais, About Crows; silver, David Kirby, The Biscuit Joint; bronze, Terry Ann Thaxton, The Terrible Wife
Popular fiction: Gold, John Tkac, Talking to Water; silver, Brad Meltzer, The Fifth Assassin; bronze, Alex Kava, Stranded
Visual arts: Gold, Jerald T. Milanich and Nina J. Root, Enchantments: Julian Dimock's Photographs of Southwest Florida; silver, Carlton Ward Jr., Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition: Everglades to Okefenokee; bronze, Rick Kilby, Finding the Fountain of Youth: Ponce de Leon and Florida's Magical Waters
Spanish language: Gold, Manuel A. López, Los Poetas Nunca Pecan Demasiado
Young adult: Gold, Rick Yancey, The Final Descent; silver, Mary Lois Sanders, The Vision Seeker