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NEW YORK_ The 2020 New York Book Festival has named a fast-paced political novel as the winner of its annual competition honoring books worthy of greater attention from the world’s publishing capital.

Author Rick Robinson’s Opposition Research (Headline Books) explores politics’ dirty little secret. Digging up buried skeletons can bring an opponent’s campaign to a dead standstill. Former United States Senator Richard Thompson just can’t get politics out of his blood. Following his last stint on Capitol Hill, Thompson and his close circle of friends are embarking on a new endeavor — running a consulting firm that specializes in opposition research.

But when their digging uncovers lethal information, it places Thompson and his crew on a dangerous ride spanning from Little Italy to California and back to the nation’s capital. In between, winning or losing a campaign becomes overshadowed by life and death itself.

A panel of judges determine the winners for the New York Book Festival based on the story-telling ability of the author and the potential of the work to win wider recognition.

Other Headline titles winning awards in the competition are:

Winner for Best Anthology / Compilation – Smitten With Shellfish by David Ritchey


Runner Up for Best Children’s Book – The Christmas Feast: A Fishy Tale by Diana Pishner Walker

Runner Up for Best Young Adult Fiction – The Redemption by Lauren Hudson

Honorable Mentions include

Chicks and the City by Matt Browning for Best Children’s Book

Praise Petals by Lisa A. McCombs for Best Young Adult Fiction


Enough by C. D. ‘Tony’ Hylton for Best General Fiction

The Legend of See Bird: Kiamichi by Karl Stewart for Best General Fiction

What’s So Special About Today by Kelsey Clark, illustrated by Ashley Belote for Best Spiritual Fiction

Vast Venus Conspiracy by Dr. Raymond Keller in the Wild Card Category

Writer Wellness by Joy E. Held for Best How-To Book

Voices From The Pandemic edited by Don Helin for Best Compilation / Anthology