CALIFORNIA BOOK AWARDS

The annual California Book Awards, which began in 1931, recognize the state’s best writers and illuminate the wealth and diversity of literature written in California. Monetary prizes are given in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, juvenile literature, young adult literature, first work of fiction, Californiana and notable contribution to publishing.

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Winners will be announced in early May 2019.

Awards ceremony for 2018 winners: Monday, June 10, 6 p.m. 

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Finalists of the 88th Annual California Book Awards for Books Published in 2018

Fiction

Ramona Ausubel
Awayland
Riverhead Books

Rachel Kushner
The Mars Room
Scribner

Anne Raeff
Winter Kept Us Warm
Counterpoint Press

Shobha Rao
Girls Burn Brighter
Flatiron Books/Macmillan

Juvenile

Juan Felipe Herrera
Jabberwalking
Candlewick Press

N. H. Senzai
Escape From Aleppo
Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

Garret Weyr
The Language of Spells
Chronicle Books

Young Adult

Elana K. Arnold
Damsel
Balzer + Bray, an Imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Books

Kelly Loy Gilbert
Picture Us In the Light
Disney Hyperion

Maurene Goo
The Way You Make Me Feel
Farrar Straus Giroux for Young Readers, an Imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

Andrew Smith
Rabbit & Robot
Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

Jen Wang
The Prince and the Dressmaker
First Second Books

Nonfiction

Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic
Indianapolis
Simon & Schuster

Vince Beiser
The World in a Grain
Riverhead Books

Adam Winkler
We the Corporations
Liveright/W.W. Norton & Company

Shane Bauer
American Prison
Penguin Press

Susan Orlean
The Library Book
Simon & Schuster

First Fiction

Elaine Castillo
America is Not the Heart
Viking

Ingrid Rojas Contreras
Fruit of the Drunken Tree
Doubleday

Karen Green
Frail Sister
Siglio Press

Daniel Gumbiner
The Boatbuilder
McSweeney’s Publishing

Tommy Orange
There There
Alfred A. Knopf

Poetry

Isako Isako
Mia Ayumi Malhotra
Alice James Books

Hazel White
Vigilance Is No Orchard
Nightboat Books

Samantha Giles
Total Recall
Krupskaya

Marcelo Hernandez Castillo
Cenzontle
BOA Editions, Ltd