Florida Humanities Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing
Sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council, the Florida Humanities Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing honors a living Florida author for a distinguished body of work that has had a major influence on Floridians. The award is given annually and is selected by an independent panel of judges.
Meet the 2017 Winner – Journalist and Author Edna Buchanan
Edna Buchanan, a legendary crime reporter for the Miami Herald and the author of 16 mystery novels in the Florida noir genre, has won the 2017 Florida Humanities Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing. The award, sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council, is scheduled to be presented April 12 at the Florida Book Awards banquet in Tallahassee and April 13 at a luncheon in the Governor’s Mansion.
In selecting Buchanan, 77, from among 19 nominees, the judges said, “A mover and shaker in not one but two fields, Edna Buchanan won the Pulitzer Prize for police reporting and went on to become a pioneer in Florida crime-writing with a series of best-selling novels as well as a true-life crime memoir, The Corpse Had a Familiar Face.” Her work also includes several other nonfiction books about Miami and the darker side of its culture.
Read more about Journalist and Author Edna Buchanan, here.
Past Award Recipients
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