Winners

54th GAYA (2018)

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Sharan Strange   POSTHUMOUS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Thomas Lux   Category: CHILDREN’S BOOK Winner: Vickie McEntire, Little Bird & Myrtle Turtle      Finalist: Dan Carlton, Ollie and the Wise Old Owl   Category: DETECTIVE/MYSTERY  Winner: Roger Johns, Dark River Rising  Finalist: Maggie Toussaint, Dadgummit   Category: FIRST NOVEL Winner: Peter McDade, The Weight of Sound  …

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53rd GAYA (2017)

LIFETIME ACHIEVMENT AWARD: Raymond L. Atkins   POSTHUMOUS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Judith Ortiz Cofer   Category: BIOGRAPHY Winner: Ted Geltner, Blood, Bone, and Marrow: A Biography of Harry Crews Finalist: Patricia Bell-Scott, The Firebrand and the First Lady    Category: CHILDREN’S BOOK Winner: Marcia Hawley Barnes, Tobijah    Finalist: Susie Gardner, 1, 2, 3 TEAM!     Category: DETECTIVE/MYSTERY Winner: Trudy Nan Boyce, Out …

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52nd GAYA (2016)

Children’s Book Winner: Malcolm Mitchell, The Magician’s Hat Children’s Book Finalist: Jamie Bobo, The Birthday Candle Detective/Mystery Winner: Linda Sands, 3 Women Walk into a Bar Detective/Mystery Finalist: Cliff Yeargin, Hoochy Koochy: A Jake Eliam ChickenBone Mystery First Novel Winner: Alexandra Curry, The Courtesan First Novel Finalist: Brian Panowich, Bull Mountain History/Biography Winner: Leonard Ray …

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51st GAYA (2015)

Biography Winner: Suffer and Grow Strong: The Life of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas, 1834-1907 by Carolyn Newton Curry Biography Finalist: To Make a Difference by James T. McAffee, Jr. Children’s Book Winner: Little Pearl’s Circus World by Charmain Zimmerman Brackett Children’s Book Finalist: Summers at Howard Creek by Gloria Ludlam Bennett Detective/Mystery Winner: Wasted by …

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50th GAYA (2014)

First Novel Victoria Wilcox InheritanceFiction Novel Raymond Atkins Camp Redemption Poetry Robert E. Wood The Awkward Poses of Others Biography Jim Elledge Henry Darger, Throwaway Boy: The Tragic Life on an Outsider Artist Inspirational-Religious David P. Gushee The Sacredness of Human Life: Why an Ancient Biblical Vision is Key to the World’s Future Inspirational-Secular Jessica …

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46th GAYA (2010)

Creative nonfiction—Biography James L. Hunt Relationship Banker: Eugene W. Stetson, Wall Street, and American Business 1916-1959. Creative nonfiction—Essay Anita Renfroe Don’t Say I Didn’t Warn You: Kids, Carbs, and the Coming Hormone ApocalypseFiction Philip Lee Williams The Campfire Boys First Novel Amanda C. Gable The Confederate General Rides North Creative nonfiction—History Polly Cooper and Ellen Taber …

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