Gold: Lucia Berlin, A Manual for Cleaning Women, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Silver: Ernest J. Finney, Elevation 6040, Texas Review Press
Gold: Jill Leovy, Ghettoside, Spiegel & Grau
Silver: Steve Silberman, Neurotribes, Avery Publishing
Gold: Neal Shusterman, Challenger Deep, Harper Teen
Silver: Andrew Smith, The Alex Crow, Dutton Books for Young Readers
Gold: Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Sympathizer, Grove Press; First Edition
Gold: Alex Gino, George, Scholastic Press
Gold: Beth Murray, Cancer Angel, Belladonna Publishing
Gold: Tom Killion, California's Wild Edge, Heyday
CONTRIBUTION TO PUBLISHING
Gold:The Collected Letters of Robinson Jeffers, Edited by James Karman, Stanford University Press
Important Upcoming Dates
#CBA85: 85th Annual California Book Awards Competition Awards Ceremony: June 13, 2016
#CBA86 Submission Deadline: Submissions for The Commonwealth Club of California's 86th Annual California Book Awards will be accepted starting in July 2016. Authors and publishers are invited to submit entries online for books published in 2016 to the 86th California Book Awards. Deadline is December 23, 2016.
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The California Book Awards strive to annually recognize the state’s best writers and illuminate the wealth and diversity of California-based literature. The California Book Awards began in 1931 with two gold medals – one for a work of fiction and one for nonfiction. Through the years, several more categories have been added along with the inclusion of silver medals. Currently our categories consist of Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Juvenile Literature, Young Adult Literature, First Work of Fiction, Californiana, and Notable Contribution to Publishing.
The Selection Process
Each year, The Commonwealth Club receives hundreds of books from California’s rich literary community for award consideration. The California Book Awards Jury continues to uphold the same strict standards as the original 1931 jury and is comprised of 12-15 California professionals with a diverse range of views, backgrounds and literary experience The jury spends several months assessing entries, narrowing down the submitted works to a group of finalists, and lastly, selecting the medalists. The wealth of submissions reflects the ever impressive talent of writers in the Golden State.
California Book Awards
Submissions for The Commonwealth Club of California's 86th Annual California Book Awards will be accepted starting in July 2016. The deadline is December 23, 2016, for books published in 2016.
bookawards [at] commonwealthclub [dot] org (Email Book Awards)
The Commonwealth Club of California
Attn: The California Book Awards
555 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
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History of the Book Awards
On the evening of June 11, 1931, then Club President James A. Johnston announced the creation of an award whose goal was to foster literature within the Golden State. "It is hoped and expected," he said, "that the recognition afforded by these annual California Commonwealth Club Literature Medals will be a spur and an encouragement to many a California author in this and future years."
The awards soon gained the recognition for which Johnston had hoped. To date, many prominent writers have received a California Book Award. In fact, literary historians credit The Commonwealth Club Book Awards as among the first to recognize the talent of John Steinbeck, who received three Gold Medals between 1935 and 1939. The Club became embroiled in controversy after awarding Steinbeck his third Gold Medal for The Grapes of Wrath, which triggered a series of protests throughout the state. Although the Club was criticized for acknowledging a book which portrayed California in a poor light, eventually, The Grapes of Wrath silenced critics and became an American classic.
Today, the California Book Awards are one of the oldest literary awards in the United States. The Commonwealth Club has recognized over 600 California authors and publishers for outstanding contributions to the art of the written word.