Wednesday, May 30, 2012

California Book Awards

Congratulations to the winners of the 81st annual California Book Award. The winners were just announced, and will be recognized at an awards ceremony at The Commonwealth Club's main auditorium in San Francisco on June 7, 2012. This year's California Book Awards program is sponsored by Bank of the West.

We at Book Passage were pleased that three of this year's winners were also First Editions Club picks. Each also did an event at our store, as did Jonathan Lethem, who won the Silver Medal for nonfiction. Some signed first edition copies of Héctor Tobar and Peter Orner's books are still available. Please inquire or place an order by clicking on the link below.


Poetry: Giovanni Singleton, Ascension Published by Counterpath Press

Nonfiction: Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino, Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World’s Richest Museum Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

First Fiction: Alice LaPlante, Turn of Mind Published by Atlantic Monthly Press

Fiction: Héctor Tobar, The Barbarian Nurseries Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Juvenile: Joanne Rocklin, One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street Published by Amulet Books

Young Adult: Maile Meloy, The Apothecary Published by Penguin Young Readers

Contribution to Publishing: City Lights Publishers, Ten Years that Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-1978; Edited by Chris Carlsson

Californiana: David Rains Wallace, Chuckwalla Land: The Riddle of California’s Desert Published by University of CA Press Berkeley and Los Angeles


Nonfiction: Jonathan Lethem, The Ecstasy of Influence: nonfictions, etc. Published by Doubleday

Fiction: Peter Orner, Love and Shame and Love Published by Little, Brown and Co.

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