On Aug. 4, the Florida Authors & Publishers Association (FAPA) awarded its prestigious annual President’s Book Awards for the best books of 2017 and the first half of 2018 submitted nationally by authors and publishers. The event, which took place at the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace, recognized outstanding books by awarding gold, silver or bronze medals.
Among the winners was local author Deborah Burggraaf, who won a silver award for her book Blue Night Crawlers.
Forty-five book categories ranging from children’s books to adult fiction, from memoirs to self-help, and from business books to e-books were evaluated. FAPA recognizes both independent and traditionally published books. All medals are awarded based on a points system in the judging of books. The judges for the program are librarians, educators and publishing professionals.