Wednesday, August 29, 2018
LAKE BUENA VISTA — The Annual 2018 Florida Authors and Publishers Association President’s Book Awards recognized “10 Adventures and More in Lee and Collier Counties: Florida on Land and Water” by Alice Oldford, in the category of Sports and Recreation, as a Gold medal winner. Hosted by the Florida Authors and Publishers Association, this prestigious national award is open to books published between 2017 and 2018. The judges for this national competition are librarians, educators, and publishing professionals. “The FAPA President’s Book Award exists to promote excellence in the publishing industry by recognizing talented contemporary authors who put both heart and soul into their work. FAPA is proud to be a champion of authors and publishers going the extra mile to produce books of excellence in every aspect.” said Jane R. Wood, Past President of FAPA. “10 Adventures and More in Lee and Collier Counties: Florida on Land and Water” is a non-fiction book, published by Create Space, which invites readers to enjoy an active outdoor experience in bustling Lee and Collier Counties while also learning some local history. How did the Monday Group, a bunch of 1970s teenagers, influence development of Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve and Manatee Park? This book was almost derailed by Hurricane Irma, but Mother Nature has healed the wounds and offers great adventures right in our own back yards. Medals were awarded at the annual FAPA President’s Book Awards Banquet held this year at the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace in the Disney Springs area of Lake Buena Vista, Florida. “We are proud to announce this year’s winners who truly embody the excellence this award was created to celebrate. Their works are representative of the creative storytelling, bold concepts and innovative ideas which makes the President’s Book Awards so well respected by librarians and those in the publishing industry. This year was no exception as we had a record number of nominations! We salute all of our winners for their fine work.” said FAPA’s President, Angelina Assanti. The Florida Authors & Publishers Association is an organization for authors, publishers, illustrators, editors, printers, and other professionals involved in the publishing industry. It focuses on providing the highest quality of information, resources, and professional development to members and others interested in the writing and publishing profession.