Two Awards for 'The Last Resort'

Norma Watkins can add two new book awards to the list of accolades and praise heaped upon her book, The Last Resort: Taking the Mississippi Cure. 

Watkins was recently awarded a gold medal for Best Regional Non-Fiction (South) at the 16th annual Independent Publisher Book Awards. The “IPPYs” are intended to honor the year’s best independently published titles. The IPPPY awards recognize and encourage the work of publishers who exhibit the courage and creativity necessary to take chances, break new ground, and bring about change, not only to the world of publishing, but to our society.

This description certainly describes the spirit of The Last Resort. Watkins’ compelling memoir recounts the dramatic journey of a woman who comes out of a traditional society and rebels against the strictures that confine and bind women.

The Last Resort was also named best book in the category of biography/autobiography at 2012 San Francisco Book Festival. The San Francisco Book Festival is dedicated celebrating the best books of the spring season.

Norma Watkins is professor emerita at Miami Dade College, where she taught, directed the Environmental Ethics Institute, and held an endowed chair. She teaches creative writing at the College of the Redwoods and is an essayist for the St. Petersburg Times.

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