Melville, NY —
Kitchen & Bath Design News’ editorial director and publisher Eliot Sefrin has been honored for his recently published debut novel, Under A Cloud.
The novel, published earlier this year, was the 2006 recipient of the Public Safety Writers’ Association (PSWA) Grand Prize for Best Fiction. Sefrin, who has been associated with KBDN since its launch in 1983, was honored at the PSWA’s recent annual convention in Las Vegas.
Under A Cloud is the story of a tragic police shooting that ravages a city, becomes the focus of a landmark civil rights case and powerfully reshapes the lives of those most closely touched by the tragedy.
Sefrin, whose wife Rosalyn was one of the first females assigned to street patrol in New York City, based the novel on an incident that took place at his wife’s precinct in the poverty-stricken Brownsville section of Brooklyn. The novel explores a wide range of issues, including the volatile chemistry of race relations and the impact of police work on officers and their families.
PSWA president Marilyn Olsen cited Under A Cloud as “excellently crafted, touching, a pleasure to read.”
Said Olsen: “The characters are multi-dimensional. The issues raised are timely and important. Under A Cloud is, simply, very good.”
Sefrin has been a newspaper and magazine reporter, columnist, editor and publisher for more than 30 years.
The PSWA, which is based in Bellingham, WA, is open to fiction and non-fiction writers who specialize in topics related to public safety at the local, regional, state or national level.