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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88th Annual California Book Award Winners for Books Published in 2018

FIRST FICTION
Gold Medal:
There There, by Tommy Orange, Alfred A. Knopf
Silver Medal: Fruit of the Drunken Tree, by Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Doubleday
 
Finalist
America Is Not the Heart, by Elaine Castillo, Viking
Frail Sister, by Karen Green, Siglio Press
The Boatbuilder, by Daniel Gumbiner, McSweeney's Publishing
 
FICTION
Gold Medal:
The Mars Room, by Rachel Kushner, Scribner
Silver Medal: Winter Kept Us Warm, by Anne Raeff, Counterpoint Press
 
Finalist
Awayland, by Ramona Ausubel, Riverhead Books
Girls Burn Brighter, by Shobha Rao, Flatiron Books/Macmillan
 
JUVENILE
Gold Medal:
The Language of Spells, by Garret Weyr, Chronicle Books
 
Finalist
Japperwalking, by Juan Felipe Herrera, Candlewick Press
Escape from Aleppo, by N. H. Senzai, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
 
YOUNG ADULT
Gold Medal:
Picture Us In the Light, by Kelly Loy Gilbert, Disney-Hyperion
 
Finalist
Damsel, by Elana K. Arnold, Balzer + Bray, an Imprint of HarperCollins Children's Books
The Way You Make Me Feel, by Maurene Goo, Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, an Imprint of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group
Rabbit & Robot, by Andrew Smith, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
The Prince and the Dressmaker, by Jen Wang, First Second Books
 
POETRY
Gold Medal:
Total Recall, by Samantha Giles, Krupskaya
 
Finalist
Cenzontle, by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, BOA Editions, Ltd. 
Isako Isako, by Mia Ayumi Malhotra, Alice James Books
Vigilance Is No Orchard, by Hazel White, Nightboat Books
 
NONFICTION
Gold Medal:
The Library Book, by Susan Orlean, Simon & Schuster
Silver Medal: American Prison, by Shane Bauer, Penguin Press
 
Finalist
The World in a Grain, by Vince Beiser, Riverhead Books
Indianapolis, by Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic, Simon & Schuster
We the Corporations, by Adam Winkler, Liveright/W.W. Norton & Company
 
CALIFORNIANA
Gold Medal:
The Browns of California, by Miriam Pawel, Bloomsbury Publishing
 
CONTRIBUTION TO PUBLISHING
Gold Medal:
Carleton Watkins: Making the West American, by Tyler Green, University of California Press