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PBSC employees win award for book they co-authored

l to r: Dawn Frood, Janet DeVries Naughton, Ginger L. Pedersen, Shellie Labell and Rosa Sophia (not pictured, Graham Brunk)

A book co-authored by Palm Beach State College employees Janet DeVries Naughton and Dr. Ginger Pedersen has received a silver medal from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association.

Naughton, a librarian and associate professor on the Lake Worth campus, and Pedersen, vice president of information services, won the President’s Book Award in the Florida Adult Non-Fiction category for “Overdue in Paradise: The Library History of Palm Beach County.” They shared the award with co-authors Graham Brunk, Shellie Labell and Rosa Sophia.

FAPA presented the awards at its annual President’s Book Awards Banquet held earlier this month at the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

While hosted by FAPA, the national award is open to authors around the country. This year’s awards were open to books published between 2017 and 2018. Judges are librarians, educators and publishing professionals.

“We are proud to announce this year’s winners who truly embody the excellence this award was created to celebrate,” said FAPA President Angelina Assanti. “Their works are representative of the creative storytelling, bold concepts and innovative ideas which makes the President’s Book Awards so well respected by librarians and those in the publishing industry. This year was no exception as we had a record number of nominations. We salute all of our winners for their fine work.”

Overdue in Paradise is a non-fiction, 278-page book published by Palmango Press which traces the history and development of Palm Beach County’s public, academic and specialized libraries that developed their own distinctive collections, enriching the lives of residents since Florida’s earliest pioneer days.

The Florida Authors & Publishers Association is an organization for authors, publishers, illustrators, editors, printers and other professionals involved in the publishing industry. It focuses on providing the highest quality of information, resources and professional development to members and others interested in the writing and publishing profession.

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7 comments on “PBSC employees win award for book they co-authored”

  1. These are the educators who put student-centered learning experience that transform lives and strengthen our community in action!

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