San Diego honors its own with best book awards

The San Diego Book Awards Association (SDBAA), a volunteer organization dedicated to enriching the city's diverse and vibrant literary community, presented its 16th annual Awards for Excellence honors June 5 at the AMN Healthcare Building in Carmel Valley.

Founded in 1994, the SDBAA honors the best published books and unpublished manuscripts by San Diego County residents. Winning authors report that receiving the award boosts book sales and plays an instrumental role in securing a publisher for unpublished work.

Here are the 2010 honorees:

Biography:

Nancy Burnett "Journeys Home" by Nancy Burnett; "A Trail of Light: The Very Full Life of Dr. Anita Figueredo," by Sarita Eastman; "Dana's Legacy: From Heartbreak to Healing" by Gayle Slate.

Business:

"Helping People Win at Work" by Ken Blanchard; "The Power Curve" by Scott G. Kyle; "Keeping Up in a Down Economy" by Bob Nelson; "The Wild Idea Club" by Lee Silber, Andrew Chapman and Linda Krall.

Children's/Young Adult:

"All About Rocket Engines" by Edward Hujsak; "Nelson Mandela" by Judith Pinkerton Josephson.

Cooking and Crafts:

"Cicciotti's Kitchen" by Gaetano Cicciotti; "Flying Pans" by Bernard Guillas and Ron Oliver; "Dimensional Mosaics" by Leslie Perlis.

Education:

"Quirky, Yes—Hopeless, No" by Beth Wagner Brust and Cynthia La Brie Norall; "Dream Class" by Michael Linsin.

General:

"Star Trek: A Post-Structural Critique of the Original Series" by Michael Hemmingson; "Iraq in Transition" by Peter J. Munson; "Viruses, Plagues, & History: Past, Present, and Future" by Michael Oldstone.

History:

"Cross Country Evil" by Tom Basinski; "The Sounding" by David Klauber; "Flying For Her Country" by Amy Goodpaster Strebe.

Local Interest:

"The Cuyamacas" by Leland Fetzer; "Encinitas Insight" by Karla Ogilvie; "This Day in San Diego History" by Linda H. Pequegnat.

Memoir:

"Itchy Brown Girl Seeks Employment" by Ella DeCastro Baron; "Fingerprints... A Coffeehouse Reader" by Lew Decker; "The Hidden Passport: My Childhood Journey Through Japanese Concentration Camps in Java" by Phyllis Pilgrim; "My Chunk of a Century" by Carol Poe Straubinger; "I Love Yous Are for White People" by Lac Su.

Pets:

"A Treasury for Cat Lovers" by Richard Lederer; "A Treasury for Dog Lovers" by Richard Lederer;, "Puppy Love" by Liz Palika; "Because They Matter, Too" by Cindy Traisi.

Self-Help & Medicine:

Marylin S. Beidler, "Everyday Wellness" Kathi Burns, "How to Master Your Muck" Giovanna Pang Garcia, "Why Chinese Women Are Not Broke"

Spirit/Inspiration:

"Delivering Hope" by Pamela MacPhee, "God Hides in Plain Sight" by Dean Nelson; "Heart of a Military Woman" by Sheryl L. Roush.

Travel:

"What's Up America" by Diane Asitimbay; "Cycling the Palm Springs Region" by Nelson Copp; "Chasing a Dream in the Galápagos" by Bette Blaydes Pegas.

Published Books—Fiction

Action/Thriller:

"The Hindenburg Letter" by Roger L. Conlee; "Hawk" by Brian Neary.

General Fiction:

"Life as a Sandwich"by Eric Peterson; "Two Rivers" by T. Greenwood; "Five Poet Plays" by William Roetzheim.

Historical Fiction:

"Of My Hand's Own Weaving" by Renee Burch; "In the Lion's Den" by Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman, "Dante and Me: A Journey" by Betsy Jordan.

Picture Book:

"Santa Claus and the Molokai Mules" by Jeffrey Garcia; "Surf Angel" by Heather Kraszewski;, "Laverne, the Runway Stowaway" by Judy McSweeney.

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