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Monday, November 28, 2016


Fred Lawrenson holds
 a copy of his book,
"All the Difference:
A Collection of Paintings
 by C. F. Lawrenson."
ELKLAND—A book by Fred Lawrenson of Elkland has been selected as one of three national finalists in the art category in the 2016 Best Books Awards competition.

On Nov. 17, i310 Media Group of Los Angeles, California, sponsor of the Best Book Awards, announced the names of the over 400 winners and finalists in over 100 categories. Awards were presented for titles published in 2014-2016. Entered in the 13th annual contest were more than 2,000 books, representing a wide array of mainstream and independent publishers across the United States.

Lawrenson was notified on Nov. 18 that his first coffee table book was a finalist. The national winner in the art category was Peter Lik, a world famous photographer from Australia who published a lengthy book of his photographs titled “Equation of Time and Space.” "I feel I am in pretty good company, especially since Lik's book is being retailed to collectors for $2,950,” Lawrenson said.

“All the Difference” contains 56 full color pictures of Lawrenson's paintings as well as the artist's preliminary sketches and drawings for each one and stories about what inspired them. In comparison to Lik, an autographed copy of Lawrenson's book sells for $55 plus sales tax.

"My paintings offer the viewer an opportunity to take a walk in some of the beautiful places I have visited," Lawrenson said. Four of his award-winning paintings are included in the book. Two of them were named to PaintAmerica Top 100 and two others to Paint the Parks Top 100.

In late April, Lawrenson submitted a copy of “All the Difference” with his application for the competition. "All three of my books have been Best Books Awards finalists," Lawrenson said. He was a finalist in the children’s book category with 'Shalock and the Cloud of Bad Dreams' in 2010 and in 2012 with “In Search of the Great Wild Kawkins.” "Now I have been selected in the art category for 'All the Difference.' I feel very blessed," he said.

Lawrenson self-publishes under the name Asaph Waters Editions. He will have autographed copies of his award-winning book available at the Wellsboro Senior Center at 3 Queen Street during Wellsboro’s Dickens of a Christmas festival. The senior center will feature nine artisans, including Lawrenson on Friday, Dec. 2 from 3-8 p.m. and on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Those interested in seeing Lawrenson's paintings and books can visit his website:

A complete list of the winners and finalists of the 2016 Best Book Awards are available online at

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