Randy Wayne White wins Florida Book Award
New York Times bestselling author Randy Wayne White, a resident of Sanibel, has captured the Florida Book Award’s 2010 Silver Medal for his novel, “Deep Shadow.”
In addition, White and co-editor Carlene Fredericka Brennen took a Bronze Medal for their book, “Randy Wayne White’s Ultimate Tarpon Book: The Birth Of Big Game Fishing.”
“It is wonderful to recognized for our efforts,” said Brennen after learning of the award last weekend. “A tremendous amount of research went into this project.”
According to Brennen, former President Theodore Roosevelt and adventure novelist Zane Grey both had an affinity for tarpon fishing. So did Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Edison, Ted Williams and many others. The stories and narratives they wrote based on their experiences — along with those of more than 100 other contributors, including some of the best contemporary outdoor writers — are presented in this collection.
“Randy Wayne White’s Ultimate Tarpon Book” is 436 pages long, filled with rare and important illustrations and images of some of the region’s profound fishing pioneers, first-hand accounts from the anglers and guides who discovered the greatness of Tarpon Bay and surrounding waters where sports fishing became a popular activity, the most comprehensive collection of big game stories ever assembled.
The nation’s most comprehensive state book awards program was established in 2006 to recognize, honor and celebrate Florida’s best literature, coordinated by the Florida State University Libraries.
The award medalists will be recognized at a banquet in Orlando, Fla. hosted by the Florida Library Association at its annual conference.