Past Event

The 83rd Annual California Book Awards

Since 1931, the California Book Awards have honored literary excellence among authors in the Golden State. At our special awards ceremony, we will bestow gold and silver medals in several categories, including: fiction, nonfiction, first fiction, poetry, young adult, juvenile, Californiana and contribution to publishing. Hear from some literary giants and amazing writers. See you at the ceremony!

Gold Medals Awarded to:
Fiction: Karen Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Putnam/Marian Wood
First Fiction: Anthony Marra, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Hogarth
Non Fiction: Eric Schlosser, Command And Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety, Penguin Press
Poetry: Brenda Hillman, Seasonal Works With Letters On Fire, Wesleyan University Press
Juvenile: Marissa Moss, Barbed Wire Baseball, Harry N. Abrams Books for Young Readers
Young Adult: Tom McNeal, Far Far Away, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, Random House
Contribution to Publishing: Deborah Valoma, Scrape the Willow Until It Sings: The Words and Work of Basket Maker Julia Parker, Photographs by Lee Fatherree, Heyday Books
Californiana: Ronald M. George, Chief: The Quest for Justice in California, Institute of Governmental Studies Press

Silver Medals Awarded to:
Non Fiction: Amy Wilentz, Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti, Simon & Schuster
Poetry: Victoria Chang, The Boss, McSweeney's

June 9, 2014

Location: SF Club Office 
Time: 5:00 p.m. check-in and awards reception with light refreshments, 6 p.m. awards ceremony, 7:15 p.m. book signing 
Cost: $10 non-members, $5 members 
Also know: Sponsored by Bank of the West, part of the Good Lit Series, underwritten by The Bernard Osher Foundation. Special thanks to Dr. Martha Cox and the late Ambassador Bill Lane for their generous endowment, allowing the California Book Awards to take place.