Book Award Winners

Book Award Winner: Pictures of Change in Paradise – At the Turn of the 20th Century in American Samoa

Book Award Winner: Pictures of Change in Paradise – At the Turn of the 20th Century in American Samoa

Nonfiction Book Award Status: Bronze Author Name: Karen Wheat Synopsis A recovered family photo album showcases the early days of American Samoa under a naval administration from 1907 to 1913. Wheat’s debut collection is a passionate combination of the personal and historical, culminating in her investigations into a family album of 52 black-and-white photographs and […]

Book Award Winner: Crushing It in Apartments and Commercial Real Estate

Book Award Winner: Crushing It in Apartments and Commercial Real Estate

Nonfiction Book Award Status: Gold Author Name: Brian H. Murray Synopsis Think apartments and commercial real estate are just for the big boys? Think again. Brian Murray was not an investment pro when he bought his first commercial property. He was a teacher looking to build some side income. Armed with his passion for business and […]

Book Award Winner: A Leadership Kick in the Ass: How to Learn from Rough Landings, Blunders, and Missteps

Book Award Winner: A Leadership Kick in the Ass: How to Learn from Rough Landings, Blunders, and Missteps

Nonfiction Book Award Status: Gold Author Name: Bill Treasurer Synopsis Even the best leaders – in fact, most of the best leaders – start out as decidedly bad ones. And sooner or later they reach a moment of reckoning that leadership expert Bill Treasurer calls the leadership kick in the ass. When it happens, it feels like […]

Book Award Winner: Wild Ideas: Creativity from the Inside Out

Book Award Winner: Wild Ideas: Creativity from the Inside Out

Nonfiction Book Award Status: Silver Author Name: Cathy Wild Synopsis Wild Ideas: Creativity from the Inside Out takes you on an intimate journey through the seven stages of the creative process. All along the way, counselor, artist, and writer Cathy Wild interweaves her own deeply personal story as well as provocative insights gleaned from her many […]

Book Award Winner: Becoming Us, 8 Steps to Grow a Family that Thrives

Book Award Winner: Becoming Us, 8 Steps to Grow a Family that Thrives

Nonfiction Book Award Status: Gold Author Name: Elly Taylor Synopsis Babies bring ‘becomings’: women becoming mothers, men becoming fathers, couples becoming families. Traditionally these transformations were honored as a rite of passage, yet guidelines to support today’s parents have largely been lost – until now. Becoming Us weaves current research with age-old wisdom and the stories […]

Book Award Winner: Keynote Mastery: The Personal Journey of a Professional Speaker

Book Award Winner: Keynote Mastery: The Personal Journey of a Professional Speaker

Nonfiction Book Award Status: Gold Author Name: Patrick Schwerdtfeger Synopsis Keynote Mastery is a raw and personal account of Patrick Schwerdtfeger’s journey as a professional speaker. The book demonstrates that anyone with tenacity and determination can build a career as a keynote speaker. If you have ever wanted an inside look at what it takes to […]

Book Award Winner: Stop The Slip; Reducing Slips, Trips And Falls

Book Award Winner: Stop The Slip; Reducing Slips, Trips And Falls

Nonfiction Book Award Status: Silver Author Name: Thom Disch Synopsis Slip, trip, and fall injuries represent a healthcare crisis in the United States! Since 1999, we have reduced deaths from heart disease 15%. Deaths caused by auto accidents are down 12%. But deaths from falls have increased over 150%. Both injuries and deaths caused by falls are […]

Book Award Winner: Lori: The Disintegration of My Ordinary Reality

Book Award Winner: Lori: The Disintegration of My Ordinary Reality

Nonfiction Book Award Status: Silver Author Name: Lori Morrison Synopsis At fifty-two, in the wake of her husband’s death, Lori Morrison found herself living alone on the edge of a volcanic crater lake in a lush jungle of El Salvador, mourning and feeling an intense desire to make sense of her loss. This powerful book tells […]

Book Award Winner: Changing the Tune, the Kansas City Women’s Jazz Festival 1978 – 1985

Book Award Winner: Changing the Tune, the Kansas City Women’s Jazz Festival 1978 – 1985

Nonfiction Book Award Status: Gold Author Name: Carolyn Glenn Brewer Synopsis Even though the potential passage of the Equal Rights Amendment had cracked glass ceilings across the country, in 1978 jazz remained a boys’ club. Two Kansas City women, Carol Comer and Dianne Gregg, challenged that inequitable standard. With the support of jazz luminaries Marian McPartland and […]

Book Award Winner: Career Killers/Career Builders

Book Award Winner: Career Killers/Career Builders

Nonfiction Book Award Status: Gold Author Name: John Crossman Synopsis John Crossman’s Career Killers/ Career Builders is based off his most requested speech, which is The Top 5 Ways to Get Fired and The Top 5 Ways to Keep From Being Fired. See link here: https: //www.youtube.com/watch?v=qknXgDpr0mY John’s passion is helping college students and young professionals reach […]