Press Release Florida Authors & Publishers Association

Five beneath Philly 1st Place - Gold Historical Fiction Text
The Winnower 2nd Place - Silver Book Cover - small books (6" X 9")
Five beneath Philly 2nd Place - Silver Book Cover - small books (6" X 9")
Hollow Vengeance 3rd Place - Bronze Historical Fiction Text


Local Author Receives National Recognition

Lake Buena Vista, FL (8/6/2018) –The Annual 2018 Florida Authors and Publishers Association President’s Book Awards recognized Five Beneath Philly by Susan Bandy & Tom Richmond, in the category of Historical Fiction, as a Goldmedal winner for content. The event was held on Saturday evening, August 4, 2018 at the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace in Buena Vista, Florida. The two authors were also recognized by the Florida Authors and Publishers Association at this event with two Silver Awards in the Book Cover Design Category for 2018. Their books Five Beneath Philly and The Winnower were awarded Silver Awards for their small book (9” X 6”) cover designs. In addition, their book, Hollow Vengeance, written by Tom Richmond with contributions by Susan Bandy and edited by Bandy was awarded the Bronze Award in the Historical Fiction Category for 2018 for content.

Hosted by the Florida Authors and Publishers Association, this prestigious national award is open to books published between 2017 and 2018. The judges for this national competition are librarians, educators, and publishing professionals.

The FAPA President’s Book Award exists to promote excellence in the publishing industry by recognizing talented contemporary authors who put both heart and soul into their work. FAPA is proud to be a champion of authors and publishers going the extra mile to produce books of excellence in every aspect.” said Jane R. Wood, Past President of FAPA.  

Five Beneath Philly and Hollow Vengeance are books of Historical Fiction published by FIdeli Publishing. The Winnower was published by iUniverse Publishing. Five Beneath Philly is a coming of age adventure based on facts which occurred in Philadelphia in the early 1960s. Five young people set out on an adventure one Saturday morning which leads them to treasure beyond their wildest dreams and an adventure of a lifetime. Hollow Vengeance takes place in the early 1970s and begins when Frank Barrett becomes a part of the U. S. Air Force and is assigned as a pilot in Vietnam. His story begins by Frank meeting the love of his life who he must leave to fight for his country. He returns to begin the perfect life, but then tragedy strikes. He loses is wife and he is vengeful. This is a great read confirming that vengeance is, indeed, hollow and hurts the hunter as much as the hunted. Hollow Vengeance is the first book of a trilogy following Frank Barrett’s life as a returned Vietnam War veteran. The Winnower is a historical look at homesteading in Illinois in the 1820s. A group of settlers find their home in Illinois, but they are not welcome here due to their belief systems. This book is about leadership, understanding the motives of your leaders, and coming of age and defining your individual belief systems which define your life.

All medals were awarded at the annual FAPA President’s Book Awards Banquet held this year at the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace in the Disney Springs TMArea of Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

We are proud to announce this year’s winners who truly embody the excellence this award was created to celebrate. 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.” said FAPA’s President, Angelina Assanti.

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 from all 50 states.