Four Gainesville authors to be recognized by Florida Book Awards


Published: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 12:43 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 12:43 p.m.

Four Gainesville authors won recognition from the Florida Book Awards for their writing in 2010.

Margaret Ross Tolbert won gold in Florida non-fiction and silver in visual arts for “AQUIFERious,” while Julian Pleasants won a silver in non-fiction for “Seminole Voices: Reflections on their Changing Society.” Pleasants won the silver in conjunction with Harry A. Kersey.

Jason Steuber won gold in visual arts for “Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art at Twenty Years: The Collection Catalogue.” Steuber’s gold was won in conjunction with editors Laura K. Nemmers and Tracy E. Pfaff.

Lola Haskins won a silver award in poetry for “Still, the Mountain.”

The eight gold medal winners will be recognized on March 23 at the Historical and Cultural Awards Ceremony sponsored by Florida’s Division of Cultural Affairs at the R.A. Gray Building in Tallahassee. All award recipients will be recognized at the Florida Library Association Conference Banquet on May 5 in Orlando.

The Florida Book Awards was established in 2006 to recognize, honor and celebrate the best Florida literature published the previous year.

It is coordinated by The Florida State University Libraries, and co-sponsored by the Florida Center for the Book, State Library and Archives of Florida, Florida Historical Society, Florida Humanities Council, Florida Literary Arts Coalition, Florida Library Association, “Just Read, Florida!,” Florida Family Literacy Initiative, Florida Association for Media in Education, Florida Center for the Literary Arts, the Friends of FSU Libraries, Florida Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America, and the Florida Writers Association.

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