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New York Book Festival Announces Winners 2018

Lauren Hudson and Rick Robinson Win Top Awards!

NEW YORK_ Awards announcement from the 2018 New York Book Festival, which honors books worthy of further attention from the world’s publishing capital.

The Deception (Headline Books) by Lauren Hudson wins Best Young Adult Fiction and is the second edition in The Ascension trilogy. Together, the Anchors must cross boundaries of time and space to confront a darkness seeking to ensnare the human race. Can three gifted teens who can see the past, present, and future remain united to ward off evil and fulfill their promise?

A coming of age story, The Promise of Cedar Key (Headline Books)  by Rick Robinson, is Runner Up for Best General Fiction and is an engaging look at successful novelist, Bobby Wade, who must put aside the hustle and bustle of a writer’s life in New York City just long enough to fill a promise he made long ago. In the few days he must spend in the small coastal town, Wade faces demons he never knew existed and would rather drink them away than fight.

The story of a family man who faces the struggles of post-traumatic stress is the grand prize winner, Author Steven Manchester’s Three Shoeboxes (Fiction Studio Books) tells the story of Mac Anderson, who has a seemingly perfect life on the outside, but battles an invisible enemy called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

A panel of judges determined the winners based on the story-telling ability of the author and the potential of the work to win wider recognition. Our grand prize for the 2018 New York Book Festival Author of the Year is a $1,500 appearance fee and a flight to New York for our annual awards at the Algonquin Hotel.

The 2018 New York Book Festival includes independent publisher titles and self-published titles in several categories including: non-fiction, fiction, children’s books, young adult, how-to, poetry, wild card, unpublished stories, science fiction/horror, photography/art, spiritual, business, romance, cookbooks, compilations/anthologies and biography/autobiography works.Other winners in the competition:

General Fiction Honorable Mention – Two Days at the Asylum (Headline Books) by Frederick S. Walborn

General Nonfiction – Everybody Loves Conspiracy Theories (Headline Books) by David Ritchey

Young Adult– Honorable Mention – The Shoeshine of Kabul (Headline Books) – Zahra Omar Shansab 

Children’s Books – Honorable Mentions:

Hurricane Jamar’s Story (Headline Books) – Lynn Salsi and Joe Campbell Illustrated by Ashley Teets

Please Close It! (Headline Books) Kathleen M. Jacobs Illustrated by Ashley Teets

Hopping to America A Rabbit’s Tale of La Befana (Headline Books) – Diana Walker Illustrated by Ashley Teets

Bara Seal and Emily Too (Headline Books) – Tom Beal illustrated by Elea Paybin

Ollie the Owllama (Headline Books) – Kim Wilson Illustrated by Ashley Teets

Business – Honorable Mention – Africa Risk Dashboard: Mitigation Architecture for Investors From Lessons Learned the Hard Way (Headline Books) – Issa Baluch and Jon Vandenheuvel

Compilations/Anthologies – Runner Up – The Automobile: An American Cultural Icon (Headline Books) – David Ritchey

Science Fiction/Horror Honorable Mention – Vulture Bend (Headline Books) – Don Stansberry