We had a great time meeting many of our readers at our booth at the Word of South Festival this weekend. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to browse our books! Here are some highlights from our time in Tallahassee.

Florida Book Award Winners

Dreams in the New Century: Instant Cities, Shattered Hopes, and Florida’s Turning Point

Gary R. Mormino

Florida Book Awards, Gold Medal for Florida Nonfiction

Eminent historian Gary Mormino illuminates early twenty-first-century Florida and its connections to some of the most significant events in contemporary American history, taking stock of a tumultuous decade of change and explaining the state’s social, cultural, and political intricacies.

Maximum Vantage: New Selected Columns

Bill Maxwell

Florida Book Awards, Silver Medal for Florida Nonfiction

Veteran journalist Bill Maxwell tackles important issues faced by Florida and broader American society, offering opinions on a wide variety of questions with a focus on race, agricultural labor, education, and the environment.

The Cuban Sandwich: A History in Layers

Andrew T. Huse, Bárbara C. Cruz, and Jeff Houck

Florida Book Awards, Gold Medal for Cooking

This book reveals the social history behind how the Cuban sandwich evolved from its origins in the midnight cafés of Havana to claim a spot on menus around the world.

All Things Beautiful: Wonders from the Collections of the Florida Museum of Natural History

Florida Museum of Natural History

Florida Book Awards, Gold Medal for Visual Arts

Lushly illustrated with over 300 color plates, this volume is a celebration of the beauty of natural history collections and the work of curators dedicated to understanding and conserving our natural world.

B is for Baldwin: An Alphabet Tour of the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature

Edited by Suzan Alteri

Florida Book Awards, Silver Medal for Visual Arts

The Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature, part of Special and Area Studies in the Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida, is one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of children’s books in the world. This lushly illustrated volume offers a glimpse into rarities and wonders of the Baldwin.

Authors at Word of South

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