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HOLLYWOOD (July 12, 2008)  The 2008 Hollywood Book Festival has named Stan Lerner’s novel “Criminal” as the grand prize winner of its annual competition honoring books worthy of greater attention from the film, TV and multimedia industries. A graphic but page-turning account of the rise to power of the world’s most calculating and dangerous man, “Criminal” is the story of Sam Noah, who will do whatever is necessary to achieve his ends. Lerner’s saga of this mastermind of evil was honored during awards that were part of a weekend festival at the Grove at Farmers Market in Hollywood that featured author readings, live music, book publishing panels and children’s entertainment. The event was presented in conjunction with Barnes & Noble Booksellers.

Lerner’s victory earned him $1500 and a week-long stay at the Larimar St. Croix Writer’s Colony in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Other winners and honorable mentions for the 2008 Hollywood Book Festival:




WINNER: Insufficient Mating Material – Rowena Cherry

 HONORABLE MENTION: For The Children – Marin Thomas


WINNER: The Grandmaster – Peter Balaskas HONORABLE MENTION:

  • Alpha Rising – GL Douglas

  •  Strike at the Heart: The First Mission – Lawrence Berrie


WINNER: Seven Ox Seven – Peter Ritzer


 WINNER: Black’s Beach Shuffle – Corey Lynn Fayman


WINNER: They Poured Fire On Us From The Sky – Benson Deng, Alephonsion Deng and Benjamin Ajak with Judy Bernstein


  •  Jacko: His Rise and Fall – Darwin Porter

  •  The House of Many Faces – Konstantina Dimitra Mahlia

  •  Crossing Hoffa – A Teamster’s Story – Steven Harper

  • The Misadventures of a Roving Cartoonist – Tom Gill/Tim Lasiuta

  • Little Miss Smarty Pants – Suzanne Koupoulis

  • Running From Coyote – Danalee Buhler

  • Love is a Four-Legged Word – Robert X. Leeds


 WINNER: The Willow Falls Christmas Train – William Trombello


  • Legends of a King – Damian St. Clair

  • The Pink Dolphin – Laura Ambler and Mary Duncan


WINNER: Criminal – Stan Lerner


  • The Maximum Contribution – Rick Robinson Stolen Boy – Michael Mehas

  • God Bless Mr. Devil – Andrew Davis

  • The Rose of York:

  • Fall from Grace – Sandra Worth

  • Kastle Law – Chris Copeland

  • The Street Life Series: Is It Passion or Revenge? Kevin M. Weeks

  • Temple of the Two Jaguars – Edward Curry

  • Spa Deadly – Louise Gaylord

  • First, There Is A River – Kathy Steffen

  • The Happy Soul Industry – Steffan Postaer

  • We The People – B.L. Hyde

  • The Badger Game – Norman Shabel

  • The Street Sweeper – David Riviera, Jr.

  • Death in Advertising – Stephen Hawley Martin

  •  The Woman Pope – Nelson Clark


WINNER: When The Mob Ran Vegas – Steve Fischer


  • Jesus Goes To Hollywood – William Bramley

  •  Unlocking The Mystery of Skin Color – Thienna Ho

  • Las Vegas Weddings – Susan Marg

  • Twisted Confessions – Charles E. Skoller


WINNER: Archibald’s Swiss Cheese Mountain – Sylvia Lieberman/Jeremy Wendell


  • Stanley The Elephant – Stan Lerner

  • Monty The Traveling Cat – B.J. Moesner/Kevin Scott Collier Mama,

  • Mama, Are We There Yet? Rose Saposnek

  • Kendra Kandlestar and the Door To Unger – Lee Edward Fodi

  • There’s A Kid Under My Bed – Lisa Funari-Willever/Lon. A. Levin

  • Why The Dog Chases The Cat and the Cat Chases The Dog – K.L. Vaniko

  • Circus Fever – Alva Sachs/Patricia Krebs

  •  Melinda: A Mostly Magnificent Moose – Dani el Burch Fiddler Emerita – Cindy Mauro Reisenauer

  • The Great Willow – Michael Starr

  • Born To Dance – Katherine Reynolds

  • The Wiggle Jiggle Book – Kathy Patalsky

  •  WeeBeasts, Book One: Origins – Micah Linton


WINNER: Surfer Girl – Penelope Dyan


  • Who’s Your Daddy? Lynda Sandoval

  • Parallel Worlds, Paraworld Zero – Matthew Peterson

  • Across Time: Mystery of the Great Sphinx – Dr. O.J. Harp III

  • The Great Book of the Universe – Colette Francis Ashton


WINNER: The 7th Order – Donald Hudec


WINNER: Fortune & Freedom: The Entrepreneur’s Guide To Success – Jim Hirshfield


  • Blood Moon’s Guide To Gay and Lesbian Films – Danforth Prince


WINNER: The Passion of Maryam – Loren Woodson


  • Across Time: Mystery of the Great Sphinx – Dr. OJ Harp III

  • Voices Under Berlin – T.H.E. Hill

  • Alpha Rising – G.L. Douglas

  • Run Toward The Sun – Anton Haardt

  • The Digger’s Rest – K. Patrick Malone

  • Dealing With Divas: Shelley Anderson


WINNER: Your Final Diet – Abby Aronowitz





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