June 11, 2012
-- San Diego, CA/June 11, 2012 – Stephen Gallup, author of the critically acclaimed memoir, What About the Boy?: A Father’s Pledge to His Disabled Son, has won the 2012 San Diego Book Award, in the category of Published Biography & Memoir. The San Diego Book Awards Association (SDBAA) is a volunteer organization dedicated to enriching the large, diverse, and vibrant literary community of the greater San Diego area. Every year the SDBAA honors the best published books and unpublished manuscripts by authors residing in San Diego County.
“I feel humbled by this award for my memoir,” says Stephen Gallup. What About the Boy? is a compelling true account that dramatizes an earlier campaign to find options for his developmentally disabled son, Joseph.
In What About the Boy?, Gallup and his wife sought medical help for their undiagnosed son and were told at first simply to hope for the best. Later, the professionals recommended counseling to help the parents accept the fact that nothing could help him. Refusal to accept that advice launched an improbable journey that changed their lives forever.
“Several outstanding memoirs were nominated for this year’s award, and I’m honored that mine was selected,” says Gallup. “I hope that everyone who reads What About the Boy? feels moved and empowered by the experience.”
This is Gallup’s first book and it has garnered a strong national following. Four years ago, with different judges, the manuscript won the San Diego Book Award in the Unpublished Memoir category.
The San Diego Book Awards are considered the highest literary honor for authors in San Diego. Winning authors affirm that receiving a San Diego Book Award helps boost sales of their books. Numerous winners in the unpublished novel, memoir, and poetry chapbook competitions have reported that winning a San Diego Book Award played a key role in their later acquiring a publisher for their work.
Additional information on Stephen Gallup and What About the Boy? may be obtained at http://www.fatherspledge.com/
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