LOS ANGELES (February 7, 2010) _ The debut novel of two-time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Liz Balmaseda, "Sweet Mary," is the grand prize winner of the 2009 Los Angeles Book Festival, which honors the best of world publishing. Slob Proof! - Debbie Wiener Renting With Rex – Jackie Phillips
In the novel, Dulca Maria “Mary” Guevara is a woman with nothing left to lose. Wrongly accused of being a cocaine queen, she as lost her job, her reputation and custody of her son. Desperate to get it all back, she turns to her ex-fiance, a man whose drug connections once ended their relationship.
The novel’s rich voice and surprising twists mark a fine debut from a writer to watch, winning her the festival’s grand prize.
The competition’s independent publisher of the year award goes to Sirius Entertainment, whose fine marketing of its “Deathreats: The Life and Times of a Comic Book Rock Star/Drew Hayes” is an evocative tribute to an undiscovered artist.
The competition will honor its competitors in a ceremony at the Roosevelt Hotel on February 25.
Other winners in the competition:
WINNER: The Leadership Integrity Challenge – Ed Morler
WINNER: Brain Drain – Dr. Charles Glassman
How Big Is Your But? – James Robinson The Passion of Maryam – Loren Woodson Who Stole My Soul? - Vishwa Prakash What is Love? - James Robinson
WINNER: Deathreats: The Life and Times of a Comic Book Rock Star/Drew Hayes – edited by Mark C. Bellis
The Nat Turner Insurrection Trials - Walter Gordon If You Fall Down, Pick Yourself Up LIke A Lady - Donalie Scherer Beyond the Cold – Michael Kleiner
WINNER: Voyeur - Rich Murphy
Wonders – Kevin Hollingsworth
WINNER: Perry the Playful Polar Bear – Olive O’Brien
The Legend of Barknight – The McConnell Family Curio a Shetland Sheepdog Meets The Cat – Jeanette A Griver/Phyllis L. Milway I Choose – Suzin Carr Herman the Jester and the ABC’s of Art – Rafael Filion
WINNER: Sweet Mary: A Novel – Liz Balmaseda
Criminal – Stan Lerner The Channel – Stories From LA – Susan A. Jardine Our Hart – Lloyd Lofthouse Along the Fortune Trail – Harvey Goodman An Unfinished House – K. Patrick Malone Deadly Exchange – Geoffrey Gluckman
WINNER: Silhouette – Bold Lines and Voices from WriteGirl – edited by Keren Taylor
The Difference Between A Boy and a Man – Amy Modica Myers The Wisdom of Leadership – Per Winblad Working With Angels – Carol May
WINNER: 400 Sensational Cookies – Linda Amendt
Down Home Delicious – Robert Sholly Marshes to Mansions – The Junior League
WINNER: Daywalker – Rebecca Rock
WINNER: 187 iz an Art – Richard L. Brown/Mikal El-Amin
Lessons from the Gypsy Camp – Elizabeth Appell The Attitude Girl – Mila Bernadkin
WINNER: Kwatee – R. Allen Downey