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San Diego Book Awards

June 11, 2012 3:58 p.m.

KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando speaks with one of the winners from the San Diego Book Awards.

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ANCHOR INTRO: The 18th Annual San Diego Book Awards were held over the weekend to honor both published and unpublished authors from the San Diego area. KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando speaks with one of the winners.

The San Diego Book Award Association hands out awards in more than two dozen categories ranging from chap books to novels to unpublished memoirs. New this year was Kids Write, an award to encourage young authors. Also new is the category for Unpublished Children’s and Young Adult Novels that went to Kelly Hayes' "Keepers." Laurel Corona took the night's top prize, the Geisel Award, for her historical fiction "Finding Emilie."

LAUREL CORONA: It's great because so much of the time it's so discouraging to be writing these days, so to have somebody say, "No really, you're really good," is something that any author would really love to hear.

Corona was not at the ceremony but in Santa Barbara for a writer's conference. This is the second time she's won the Geisel Award.

Beth Accomando, KPBS News.