Its sixth annual competition now complete, Florida Book Awards announced the winners for books published in 2011 in seven categories of competition. "The Florida Book Awards exists to identify and profile the Sunshine State's best books and their authors," notes FBA Director Wayne A. Wiegand. "These FBA winners clearly demonstrate the quality and depth of Florida's increasingly rich literary culture."
The winner of the gold Medal in General Fiction is Magpies by Lynne Barrett, a professor in the Department of English at Florida International University. Barrett, who teaches in the MFA program in Creative Writing at FIU, will be receiving her award at the Florida Heritage Month Awards Ceremony and Reception sponsored by the State of Florida's Division of Cultural Affairs at the R.A. Gray Building in Tallahasse on Wednesday, Mar. 21 which will be preceded by an awards luncheon at the Governor's Mansion.
In addition, Prof. Barrett will be among those honored at an awards banquet as part of the annual Florida Library Association Conference in Orlando, Florida, on Thursday, Apr. 19th. Magpies will be recognized in the summer issue of FORUM, the award-winning magazine of the Florida Humanities Council, and signed copies of the book will be placed in the Governor's Mansion Library and in the permanent collection maintained in the lobby of the Florida State University's Main Library, which hosts the Florida Book Awards.