2009 Arizona Book Awards - Top Arizona Books and Publishers Recognized at Arizona Club Gala Event

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 year’s 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 Award—goes 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 Association’s 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 Dykinga’s 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 Dykinga’s 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 Burns’ 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 Design—Adult Pythagorean Crimes Tefcros Michaelides Parmenides Publishing

Special Awards

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/].

About Arizona Book Publishing Association

Org/company: Arizona Book Publishing Association
6340 S. Rural Road #118-152 - Tempe, AZ 85283
Contact: Gwen Henson
email: AZBookAwards@gmail.com
Phone: +1 602-274-6264
website: http://azbookpub.com/

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