2008 Finalists

Fourteenth Annual San Diego Book & Writing Awards Finalists

Finalists are listed in alphabetical order by author name. Winners will be selected from among the finalists and announced at the awards ceremony on May 17, 2008. All entries were reviewed by at least three judges. The judging chairs reserved the right to combine subcategories depending on the number of entries received.

Unpublished Works

Unpublished Short Story

Michael Irby, “Dinosaur”
Nancy Klann, “Garage Sale Confidential”
Laurie Richards, “Merle’s Tale”
Laurie Richards, “Synchronized Indifference”

Unpublished Memoir

Stephen Gallup, What About the Boy? A Father’s Memoir
Robert McMillan, From Here to Internity: The Training of a Physician 
Annie Mary Perez, The Memoirs of Santiago Perez: A Family Portrait

Unpublished Novel

Dale Fetherling, Mad Michael Finds His Mojo
Judith L. Levine, The Shattered Blue Pot
Meredith Linsey Kitchens, Wild Mustard

Unpublished Young Adult Novel

Gail Chehab, Light from the Disappearing Sun 

Jean Anne Forsythe, Trapped in Tranquility

Unpublished Poetry Chapbook

Pedro Ortiz Vasquez, Calle San Roque #14
Emily Vizzo, Parts of the Hour
Gary Winters, Cigarette Girl

Published Books

Picture Book

Edith Hope Fine and Judith Pinkerton Josephson, Armando and the Blue Tarp School
Helen Foster James, S Is for S’mores: A Camping Alphabet

Young Adult & Children’s Fiction

Karl L. Kruger, Pajo
Linda Rosenberg, Spruce Street Six: The Contest
Linda Rosenberg, Spruce Street Six: The Big Mistake

Science Fiction/Fantasy

Mel Freilicher, The Unmaking of Americans: 7 Lives           
E. Douglas Ward and Lonie Blackman Ward, Lightspeed


Taffy Cannon, Blood Matters
Richard Hicks, Whistleblower
Patrick O’Donnell, Of Doggerel and the Dean

Historical Fiction

Elisabeth J. Nicholson, Never a Last Time
Richard Samuel Sheres, Keeping Gideon
Susan Vreeland, Luncheon of the Boating Party

General Fiction

Jim Miller, Drift
Daniel Reveles, Guacamole Dip
Leslie Robard, Commune


Harry Griswold, Camera Obscura
Michael Klam, Emma and the Buddha Frog
Gabriela Anaya Valdepeña and Chris Vannoy, Twenty Poems Against Love & a Song for the Air


David Aguirre, Waterman’s Eye
Maryanne Raphael, What Mother Teresa Taught Me
Bettie B. Youngs, The House that Love Built


Kevin and Jackie Frieberg, BOOM! 7 Choices for Blowing the Doors Off Business-As-Usual
Irv Jasinski, Win ‘Em Over! Get Hired!
Stephanie Weaver, Creating Great Visitor Experiences

General Nonfiction

Anne Gray, The World of Women in Classical Music
Michael T. Martino, A Baker’s Dozen of the Lawgiver
Liz Palika, The Howell Book of Dogs


J. Jason Deitch, Discover Wellness: How Staying Healthy Can Make You Rich
David Gruder, The New IQ: How Integrity Intelligence Serves You, Your Relationships and Our World
Elaine Masters, Drivetime Yoga


David Noel Freedman and Pam Fox Kuhlken, What Are the Dead Sea Scrolls and Why Do They Matter?
Richard Lederer, Presidential Trivia

Local Interest

David M. Caterino & Seth Mallios, Cemeteries of San Diego
Michael T. Martino, Lifeguards of San Diego County
Katrina Pescador, Aviation in San Diego
Kimber M. Quinney, San Diego‘s Little Italy


John Cain, Life’s a Good Gig
Marjorie Hart, Summer at Tiffany
Dan Walker, The Maverick and the Machine

Social Science

Robert Epstein, The Case Against Adolescence
Philip R. Harris, Managing Cultural Differences
Samadhi Longo-Disse and Teddy Charles, Scalded: The Making and Undoing of an Extremist


Julie Anderson, The Heart: The Final Destination
Matthew J. Pallamary, Spirit Matters
John Shore, I’m Ok, You’re Not

Young Adult

Cynthia Jenson-Elliott, Zombies
Judith Pinkerton Josephson, Louis Armstrong
Tina Kafka, Cloning
Bradley Steffens, J.K. Rowling