– Bay Area Poet, Teacher & Author of Jonestown Book

Judy Bebelaar is a Bay Area-based poet, teacher, and author. In 2018, she co-authored And Then They Were Gone: Teenagers of People’s Temple from High School To Jonestown. The book has received ten awards and honors, including four first prizes.

Awards & Prizes for And Then They Were Gone

1. Ron and Judy named San Francisco Library Laureates, 2019
2. Nominated (1 of 5 nominations, General Nonfiction) for the Northern California Book Awards, 2019
3. Northern California Publishers and Authors first prize General Non-fiction, 2019
4. Non Fiction Authors Association  silver award, United States, Sociology, 2019
5. Royal Dragonfly Book Award first place Historical Nonfiction, 2019
6. Royal Dragonfly Book Award   first place, Other Nonfiction, 2019
7. Book Excellence Awards (A Celebration of Global Literary Excellence) winner, Young Adult Nonfiction (chosen from “among hundreds”)
8. Chanticleer International Book Awards semifinalist, Nelly Bly Award for Narrative Nonfiction
9. Award-Winning Finalists in the History: United States category of the 2020 International Book Awards
10. First prize in the Nelly Bly Book Awards September 2020