California Book Awards

California Book Awards Finalists (Press Release)

The Commonwealth Club of California’s 84th Annual California Book Awards announces its finalists. Attend the awards celebration program June 1 in San Francisco.



Richard Powers, ORFEO - W. W. Norton & Company - @wwnorton

Rabih Alameddine, AN UNNECESSARY WOMAN – Grove Press/Atlantic - @rabihalameddine @groveatlantic


Jandy Nelson, I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN – Dial Books, Penguin/Random House - @jandynelson @penguinusa

Isabel Quintero, GABI, A GIRL IN PIECES - Cinco Puntos Press - @isabelinpieces @5puntosbooks

Andrew Smith, 100 SIDEWAYS MILES - Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - @marburyjack @simonschuster

John C. Whaley, NOGGIN - Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Simon & Schuster - @corey_whaley @simonschuster

Ben Tripp, THE ACCIDENTAL HIGHWAYMAN - Tor Books, Macmillan - @torbooks


Jennifer L. Holm, THE FOURTEENTH GOLDFISH - Random House Books for Young Readers - @randomhouse @penguinrandom

Stuart Gibbs, SPACE CASE - Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - @AuthorStuGibbs @simonschuster

Lynne Cox, ELIZABETH, QUEEN OF THE SEAS - Schwartz & Wade, Random House Books for Young Readers @randomhouse @penguinrandom

Megan McDonald, SHOE DOG - Richard Jackson Books, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Simon & Schuster @simonschuster

Stephanie Sisson, STAR STUFF: CARL SAGAN AND THE MYSTERIES OF THE COSMOS – Roaring Brook Press, Macmillan


Molly Antopol, THE UN-AMERICANS - W. W. Norton & Company - @MollyAntopol @wwnorton

Christina Nichol, WAITING FOR THE ELECTRICITY - The Overlook Press @overlookpress


Hector Tobar, DEEP DOWN DARK - Farrar, Straus and Giroux @TobarWriter @fsgbooks

Edward Larson, THE RETURN OF GEORGE WASHINGTON - William Morrow and Company - @HarperCollins

Miriam Pawel, THE CRUSADES OF CESAR CHAVEZ - Bloomsbury Publishing - @BloomsburyPub

Ian Morris, WAR! WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR? - Farrar, Straus and Giroux - @fsgbooks


Fred Moten, THE FEEL TRIO - Letter Machine Editions

Judy Halebsky, TREE LINE - New Issues Poetry & Prose - @yedeyah

Claudia Rankine, CITIZEN - Graywolf Press - @GraywolfPress

Douglas Kearney, PATTER - Red Hen Press - @RedHenPress

Marilyn Chin, HARD LOVE PROVINCE - W. W. Norton & Company - @poetmarilynchin @wwnorton


If you have other questions, please email bookawards [at] commonwealthclub [dot] org.