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29th Annual Northern California Book Awards | SF Main Library

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Sunday, April 18, 2010 - 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm | Cost: FREE

Event Details

Join us for the 29th Annual Northern California Book Awards. 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.

Local critics read the books, discuss their merits and pick the winners. All of the nominated books will be saluted at the ceremony, but only six authors will walk away with the honors.


  • Free and Open to the Public
  • Sunday, April 18, 2010, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
  • Koret Auditorium at the San Francisco Main Library – 100 Larkin Street in San Francisco
  • Followed by a reception and book signing in the Latino/Hispanic Community Room at 2:30 pm.

The 2010 Northern California Book Award Nominees are:

• 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

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