2010 NEW ENGLAND BOOK FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES WINNERS


BOSTON (December 28, 2010) _ The 2010 New England Book Festival has named “Smoke, Fire and Angels: Tragedy on Avon Mountain and the Life-Changing Aftermath” by Mark Robinson as the grand prize winner of its annual competition honoring the best books of the holiday season. The gripping story of a “perfect storm” accident as told from the perspectives of the various participants, the books is a human drama that shows how tiny details added up to a tragedy that claimed four lives and caused 19 serious injuries. Author Robinson, himself injured in the accident, has a keen eye for reporting the details of a series of choices that resulted in the disaster. His skill at story-telling and his unique method of relating what happened impressed the festival judges and won him the top prize of the competition. The winners, runner-ups and honorable mentions will be honored at a ceremony to be held Saturday, January 15, 2011 at the Omni Parker House Hotel in Boston. Other winners in the competition:


POETRY:

WINNER: “Swan” – Mary Oliver
RUNNER-UP: “A History of Yearning” – Kathleen Spivack
HONORABLE MENTIONS:

  • The Poetry of a Life in Maine,” Robert Erickson
  • “Love and Strange Horses” – Nathalie Handal
  • “Flic(k)s: Poetic Interrogations of American Cinema – Maggie Jaffe
  • “Dayvedreamin’: Rhythm & Poetry, Vol. 2” – Dave Jean-Louis


BUSINESS:

WINNER: “The Highest Calling” – Lawrence Janesky
RUNNER-UP: “Show Me The Money – Chia-Li Chien
HONORABLE MENTION:

  • “301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions” – Vicky Oliver


COOKBOOKS:

WINNER: “Saratoga Grazing” – Tricia O’Hara
HONORABLE MENTIONS:

  • “A Taste of it All” – G.M. Joachim
  • “Kitchen Memories: Recipe Paintings with a Taste of Art,” Brenda Erickson
  • “To Romance with Love” - Dave & Denise Valletta/illustrated by Christine Kerrick


COMPILATIONS/ANTHOLOGIES:

WINNER: “Hollywood Babylon Strikes Again” – Darwin Porter & Danforth Prince
HONORABLE MENTIONS:

  • “The Anthology of Rap” – edited by Adam Bradley, Andrew DuBois
  • “The Maine Woods” – edited by Jeffrey S. Cramer
  • “Even Odder” – Steve Burt
  • “13 Legends of Fire Island and the Great South Bay” – Jack Whitehouse


BIOGRAPHY/AUTOBIOGRAPHY:

WINNER: “Running the Books” – Avi Steinberg
RUNNER-UP: “My Reading Life” – Pat Conroy
HONORABLE MENTIONS:

  • “Asylum” – Enoch Callaway, M.D.
  • “Sarah: The Life of Sarah Bernhardt” – Robert Gottlieb
  • “Fruitlands” - Richard Francis
  • “John Paul Stevens: An Independent Life” – Bill Barnhart and Gene Schlickman
    “Sergeant Smack” – Ron Chepesiuk
  • “The Big Red Bike” – E.J. Tims


HOW-TO:

WINNER: “The Employee Rights Handbook” – Steven Mitchell Sack
RUNNER-UP: “Power Sales Words: How to Write It, Say It and Sell It with Sizzle – Vicky Oliver
HONORABLE MENTIONS:

  • “Parenting Without Stress” – Dr. Marvin Marshall
  • “Inform Them, Reform Them, Transform Them” – James E. Puckett


CHILDREN’S BOOKS:

WINNER: “Before You Sleep” – Benji Bennett, illustrations by Roxanne Burchartz
RUNNER-UP: “Mistletoe and the Christmas Kittens” – Joe Troiano/illustrated by Lydia Halverson
HONORABLE MENTIONS:

  • “America’s Black Founders” – Nancy I. Sanders
  • “Emmy Budd: Don’t Look Now” – Jean Blasiar
  • “What Can We Do Next?” – Toula Magi
  • “Carolyn and her Tiny Red House” – Cindy Ruvolo Lurie/illustrated by Jessica Thompson
  • “Lucas the Traveling Crab” – David S. Rawding
  • “If I Could Catch a Train” – Barbara Waddell, illustrated by Tracy Staley
  • “Twinkle Toes – Donna Scott-Nusrala/illustrated by Amy Rottinger
  • “Trainman” – Stefan and Barbara Kavan/illustrated by Michaelin Otis


GAY:

WINNER: “50 Years of Queer Cinema” – Darwin Porter and Danforth Prince


GENERAL FICTION:

WINNER: The Extinction Event – David Black
RUNNER-UP: “Strong Justice” – Jon Land
HONORABLE MENTIONS:

  • “Mourning & Celebration” – K. David Brody
  • “The Whisper” – Carla Neggers
  • “The Cigar Maker” – Mark Carlos McGinty
  • “Union Atlantic” – Adam Haslett
  • “Anton” – Dale Eisler
  • “Cassie Draws the Universe – P.S. Baber
  • “White Heat” – Brenda Novak
  • “Introductions – A Story About God” – Matthew D. Harding
  • “Howling at the Moon” – Steven Mayfield


SPIRITUAL:

WINNER: “God, the Universe and Where I Fit In” – Dr. Laurie Ann Levin
RUNNER-UP: “It’s All Thought!” – Terry L. Neal
HONORABLE MENTIONS:

  • “More Truth Will Set You Free” – Derek O’Neill
  • “A Christmas Dozen” – Steve Burt
  • “Metaphysical Impressions, Vol. I – Mike Goscinsky
  • “Universal Yoga: The Bhagavad Gita for Modern Times” _ Prem Prakash


GENERAL NON-FICTION:

WINNER: “Smoke, Fire and Angels” – Mark Robinson
RUNNERS-UP:

  • “Banned in Boston” – Neil Miller
  • “The T206 Collection” – Tom and Ellen Zappala with Lou Blasi


HONORABLE MENTIONS:

  • “Great Negotiations” - Fredrik Stanton
  • “War No More” – Cynthia Wachtell
  • “Creature Comfort” – Meredith Kennedy, DVM
  • “Life in Newburyport 1950-1985” – Jean Foley Doyle
  • “Forty-Six Years of Pretty Straight Going: The Life of a Family Dairy Farm” – George Bellrose


YOUNG ADULT/TEENAGE:

WINNER: “Nonna’s Book of Mysteries – Mary Osborne
RUNNER-UP: “FreeK Camp” – Steve Burt
HONORABLE MENTION: “Growing Up with a Bucket Full of Happiness – Carol McCloud, illustrated by Penny Weber


SCIENCE FICTION:

WINNER: “Impact” – Douglas Preston
HONORABLE MENTIONS:

  • “Tau4” - V.J. Waks
  • “Timepieces: - Richard Waver


WILD CARD:

WINNER: “Martha’s Vineyard – Now and Zen” – Susan Klein and Alan Brigish
RUNNER-UP: “Splendid Isolation: The Jekyll Island Millionaires’ Club” – Pamela Bauer Mueller
HONORABLE MENTIONS:

  • “Noir” – Robert Coover
  • “The Problem with Money? It’s Not About the Money – Jane Honeck


PHOTOGRAPHY/ART:

WINNER: “A Space for Faith” – Paul Wainwright/Peter Benes
HONORABLE MENTIONS:

  • “Flying Horses” – Peter J. Malia/photography by Bryan Page
  • “Light Fading” – Joel M. Curzon