Well, it is book award time in San Diego. Next month, on June 10th, the San Diego Book Awards Association will present their awards in La Jolla. This year books were accepted that were published in 2016 and 2017, so the competition was very fierce!
I'll be there, breath held and fingers crossed for Eric Peterson's The Dining Car to win the top award in the Contemporary Fiction category. Either way, it will be a fun night, with plenty to applaud as we celebrate literary excellence in San Diego.
The General Fiction category is way too close to tell with Where I Lost Her by T. Greenwood, Casualties by Elizabeth Marro, and Gifts Unexpected by T.C. Grant. As my readers know, Casualties by Elizabeth Marro was one of my favorite books of 2016, but as I have not read the other two, I cannot judge.
Two of my clients have books nominated in the category of Published Young Adult Fiction—one is Dragon Camp by Cate Shepherd, and one is Paco Jones by Dominic Carrillo. I'm gonna scream loudly for both of them!
The inspirational and wonderful Judy Reeves is nominated for her newest book, Wild Women, Wild Voices and I will expect to see that "Wild Woman" herself at the awards. Her books' competition is a beautiful, photo-rich book by my friend Nicholas Clapp published by my long-time pals at Sunbelt Publications.
I was pleased to see friends John Van Roekel and Indy Quillen were both nominated for their most recent works, so I'll have even more reason to clap that night.
I was quite disappointed to not see Fourteen by Leslie Johansen Nack as a finalist for memoir but since it has already won five independent book awards, including the NIEA, Next
Generation Indie, Independent Press Award, Beverly Hills Book Awards and
Readers’ Favorites, I guess one shouldn't be greedy for more! The memoir category is going to be very competitive, with three fine writers competing for the top prize.
There are many categories I haven't even mentioned, from local interest to military/political, so there's something for everyone from our local authors.
The full list of finalists is here.
Hope to see you there...hasta pronto!
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