Phoenix, AZ (PressExposure) May 22, 2009 -- Culled from more than 100 entries in 28 categories, Kartchner Caverns, by Neil Miller, published by The University of Arizona Press took the yearâs top prize and was named Best Book of the 2009 Arizona Book Awards. In an account spanning the twenty-five-year period in which co-discoverers, Randy Tufts and Gary Tenan struggled to protect Kartchner Caverns, Miller weaves together personal interviews, biographical information, political maneuvering, and geological facts. Presented in full color with dazzling photographs showcasing the natural wonder of the caverns, this is an invitation to take in the mysterious, stunning beauty of a cave as if discovering it for the first time.
Another special award of the competition--the Embodying Arizona Awardâgoes to the book that is published by an Arizona publisher, written by an Arizona author, and is directly about Arizona. This year's winner was Grand Canyon: Views Beyond the Beauty by Gary Ladd, published by Grand Canyon Association. This fine work includes more than 100 photographs of different angles of the canyon in addition to dozens of facts and discussions of geology, human history, prehistory, ecology, and weather patterns of one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
Other special awards of the evening included an Excellence in Publishing award which went to the Grand Canyon Association and the Most Valuable Person: Outstanding ABPA Member which was awarded to Jessica Tribble of Poisoned Pen Press.
Founded in Phoenix in 1992, the Arizona Book Publishing Associationâs mission is to advance and promote successful book publishing in Arizona through education, community involvement, cooperative effort, peer recognition, industry advocacy, and the support of 1st Amendment rights.
2009 Arizona Book Award Winners
Best Book Kartchner Caverns Neil Miller The University of Arizona Press
Embodying Arizona Grand Canyon: Views Beyond the Beauty Gary Ladd Grand Canyon Association
Art/Music/Photography The Trail of Painted Ponies Karlynn Keyes/Rod Barker The Trail of Painted Ponies, Inc.
Autobiography/Biography/Memoirs Great Peacemakers Ken Beller/Heather Chase LTS Press
Business/Career Productivity Plus Jim Temme Five Star Publications, Inc.
Children-Fiction Patriotic Pups Nancy Arnold Acacia Publishing, Inc.
Children-Nonfiction Gila Monsters Conrad J. Storad Lerner Publishing Group, Inc.
Coffee Table, Large Format Images: Jack Dykingaâs Grand Canyon Jack Dykinga/Charles Bowden/Wayne Ranney Arizona Highways
Cookbook Potluck Survival Guide Cherie Kimmons Five Star Publications, Inc.
Education/Teaching/Academic Why Bright Kids Get Poor Grades Dr. Sylvia Rimm Great Potential Press
Health/Wellness/Nutrition In Full Bloom Ilchi Lee/Jessie Jones, Ph.D. BEST Life Media, LLC
History/Political Great Peacemakers Ken Beller/Heather Chase LTS Press
Humor/Comedy/Satire How to Ruin a Vacation Becky A. Bartness Murder Mysteries, LLC
Juvenile/Young Adult-Nonfiction Amazing Girls of Arizona: True Stories of Young Pioneers Jan Cleere Globe Pequot Press
Multiculture Transformation from Tragedy Thomas R. Winkel/Nicola M. Winkel WordPoint Publishing Group
Mystery/Suspense Anteater of Death Betty Webb Poisoned Pen Press
Nature/Environment Images: Jack Dykingaâs Grand Canyon Jack Dykinga/Charles Bowden/Wayne Ranney Arizona Highways
Parenting/Family Issues How to Parent So Children Will Learn Dr. Sylvia Rimm Great Potential Press
Poetry/Literary Criticism A Radiant Curve Luci Tapahonso The University of Arizona Press
Popular Fiction If I Die in Juarez Stella Pope Duarte The University of Arizona Press
Psychology/Self-Help Brain Wave Vibration Ilchi Lee BEST Life Media, LLC
Recreation/Sports Jim Burnsâ Arizona Birds Jim Burns The University of Arizona Press
Reference Preventing Type 2 Diabetes Dr. Gabriel Hilkovtiz BelVista Publishers, LLC
Regional Kartchner Caverns Neil Miller The University of Arizona Press
Religion/Spirituality One God, Many Paths Amy Hirshberg Lederman Wheatmark, Inc.
Science/Environment Ancient Landscapes of the Colorado Plateau Ron Blakey/Wayne Ranney Grand Canyon Association
Travel Great Escapes Arizona Teresa Bitler Countryman Press
Best First Book by New Publisher Transformation from Tragedy Thomas R. Winkel/Nicola M. Winkel WordPoint Publishing Group
Best Interior Layout/Design Painting At the Edge of the World Carol Haralson, Designer University of Washington Press
Best Cover DesignâAdult Pythagorean Crimes Tefcros Michaelides Parmenides Publishing
Excellence in Publishing Grand Canyon Association
Most Valuable Person: Outstanding ABPA Member Jessica Tribble Poisoned Pen Press
The complete list of winners and finalists appear on Arizona Book Publishing Association webpage at [http://azbookpub.com/onews/2009-aba-winners/].