*The 29th Annual Northern California Book Awards

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Join us for the 29th Annual Northern California Book Awards. The Awards begin at 1 p.m.

The awards honor the work of Northern California authors in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translation and Children's Literature. The featured speaker is Cody Award winner Nancy J. Peters, co-owner and former publisher of City Lights Books. A book sale by Book Bay follows the event. For more information on the awards visit www.poetryflash.org or 510/525-5476.

Nominated Titles:


  • The Mechanics of Falling and Other Stories, Catherine Brady, University of Nevada Press
  • Call Me Ahab: A Short Story Collection, Anne Finger, Bison Books
  • The Servants' Quarters, Lynn Freed, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • The Southern Cross, Skip Horack, Mariner Books
  • Elegy for a Fabulous World, Alta Ifland, Ninebark Press
  • The Vagrants, Yiyun Li, Random House


  • Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World through Islamic Eyes, Tamim Ansary, Public Affairs
  • Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain, and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness, Alva Noë, Hill and Wang
  • Trotsky: Downfall of a Revolutionary, Bertrand M. Patenaude, Harper
  • Raymond Carver: A Writer's Life, Carol Sklenicka, Scribner
  • Peruvian Rebel: The World of Magda Portal, with a Selection of Her Poems, Kathleen Weaver, Pennsylvania State University Press


  • Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer, Novella Carpenter, The Penguin Press
  • Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son, Michael Chabon, Harper
  • My Father's Love: Portrait of the Poet as a Young Girl, Sharon Doubiago, Wild Ocean Press
  • Zeitoun, Dave Eggers, McSweeney's
  • Birth Day: A Pediatrician Explores the Science, the History, and the Wonder of Childbirth, Mark Sloan, M.D., Ballantine Books


  • Lucifer at the Starlite, Kim Addonizio, W.W. Norton
  • The Mansion of Happiness, Robin Ekiss, VQR Poetry Series/University of Georgia Press
  • Practical Water, Brenda Hillman, Wesleyan
  • Chronic, D.A. Powell, Graywolf Press
  • Of This World: New and Selected Poems, Joseph Stroud, Copper Canyon Press



  • Translation by John Balcom, There's Nothing I Can Do When I Think of You Late at Night, by Cao Naiqian, from Chinese, Columbia University Press
  • Translation by Jeanette K. Ringold, A Leap, by Anna Enquist, from Dutch, The Toby Press
  • Translation by Matthew B. Smith, Running Away, by Jean-Philippe Toussaint, from French, Dalkey Archive Press


  • Translation by Brother Anthony of Taize, Young-moo Kim, and Gary Gach, Songs for Tomorrow: A Collection of Poems 1960-2002, by Ko Un, from Korean, Green Integer
  • Translation by Chana Bloch and Chana Kronfeld, Hovering at a Low Altitude: The Collected Poetry of Dahlia Ravikovitch, from Hebrew, W.W. Norton
  • Translation by Stephen Kessler, Desolation of the Chimera, by Luis Cernuda, from Spanish, White Pine Press


  • Zero Is the Leaves on the Tree, Betsy Franco, illustrator Shino Arihara,Tricycle Press
  • Night Lights, Susan Gal, Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • Mother Goose in California, Doug Hansen, author/illustrator, Heyday Books
  • Hold Still, Nina LaCour, Dutton Juvenile
  • Ash, Malinda Lo, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers


Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry,
edited by Camille T. Dungy, University of Georgia Press

The Northern California Book Awards are co-presented by the Center for the Art of Translation, Poetry Flash, and the Northern California Book Reviewers

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