2010 Paris Book Festival Winners

PARIS (May 4, 2010) The 2010 Paris Book Festival has named Mary Osbourne’s “Nonna’s Book of Mysteries” as the winner of its annual competition honoring the best of international publishing.

The young adult book, set in Florence, Italy during the Renaissance, is the story of Emilia Serafini, who wants to learn to paint. The obstacles are many, but Emilia has her grandmother’s book, “A Manual to the Science of Alchemy,” which serves as inspiration and guide.

As she struggles against the strictures women faced in the 15th century, Emilia learns about choices and their consequences in a magical setting that vividly conjures the art world of the era.

Chicago-based Osbourne will receive a cash grant of $1500 as her grand prize for the work.

Other winners in the competition:

WINNER: The Cascade Effect – W. Mark Dendy

WINNER: Amour d’hiver – Janet Sierzant


  • Adamah – Celine Zins
  • River of Light – Jasmine Kang

WINNER: The Oldest Europeans – J.F. del Giorgio

HONORABLE MENTION: Growing Pains – Valorie M. Allen

WINNER: The Economical Guide to Self-Publishing – Linda F. Radke

WINNER: Scamper – Lisa Young

RUNNER-UP: Just A Walk – Jordan Wheeler


  • Chuck in the City – Jordan Wheeler
  • Meet Me at the Masterpiece – Sandy Pugh

WINNER: As Nora Jo Fades Away – Lisa Cerasoli

WINNER: The Ice Cream Theory – Steff Deschenes


  • Inside A Haunted Mind- K. Patrick Malone
  • Pirate Queen: The Curse – R. Allen Downey

WINNER: Nonna’s Book of Mysteries – Mary Osborne

WINNER: How To Lower Your Cholesterol with French Gourmet Food – Chef Alain Braux

HONORABLE MENTION: Legends in the Kitchen – Mrs. Howard Keel & Linda F. Radke

WINNER: Journey Through Ten Thousand Veils – Maryam Kabeer Faye

HONORABLE MENTION: The Garden That Grew Her – Leslie Bradford

WINNER: Manifest Destiny – Rick Robinson


  • From Where The Rivers Come – Terin Tashi Miller
  • The Guilty Client – Roberta Rogow
  • Porcupines and China Dolls – Robert Arthur Alexie
  • The Seven Turns of the Snail’s Shell – MJ Roe
  • An Unfinished House – K. Patrick Malone

WINNER: Big Skye Ranch – Laurel Jaguar

WINNER: Say You’re One of Them – Uwem Akpan

HONORABLE MENTION: Silhouette – edited by Keren Taylor

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