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36th Annual Northern California Book Awards


Celebrating books published by Northern California authors in 2016


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Book sales before & after Awards Ceremony
Book signing & reception to follow

KORET AUDITORIUM • SAN FRANCISCO MAIN LIBRARY
100 LARKIN STREET, CIVIC CENTER • ENTER ON GROVE
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC


The program includes readings and remarks by this year's award-winning authors; nominated and honored books will be available for purchase to benefit the Friends of the San Francisco Library


FRED CODY AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

JUDY GRAHN
Poet, activist, scholar

This year’s Cody Award winner is poet, writer and cultural theorist Judy Grahn. She came to fame in the 1960s as a feminist poet and an activist—she picketed the White House in 1965 for Gay rights—and became an iconic figure fueling second wave feminism, gay and lesbian activism, and women’s spirituality movements. Author of six collections of poetry, with a seventh forthcoming in the fall of 2017, an ecotopian novel, short stories, articles, and four nonfiction books, including Another Mother Tongue: Gay Words, Gay Worlds and Blood, Bread, and Roses: How Menstruation Created the World, she has just published both The Judy Grahn Reader and the memoir A Simple Revolution: the Making of an Activist Poet. She co-founded Gay Women’s Liberation and the Women’s Press Collective in 1969; she taught writing, literature, and spirituality in Oakland for fifteen years and is currently a professor in the Women’s Spirituality Master’s Program at Sofia University in Palo Alto. She is a performer, herself; her work has been put to music by jazz groups, rock groups, chorale groups; her book-length poems Queen of Wands and Queen of Swords have been choreographed and staged, and two CDs have been released of her collaborations with singer-songwriter Anne Carol Mitchell. Judy Grahn is truly a fountain of eloquence, courage, and radiant wisdom.


Nominees to be announced soon!

NCBR RECOGNITION AWARD

POETRY

FICTION

CREATIVE NONFICTION

GENERAL NONFICTION

TRANSLATION
Fiction
Poetry

CHILDREN'S LITERATURE
Younger Readers
Older Readers

The Northern California Book Awards are presented and sponsored by Northern California Book Reviewers, Poetry Flash, PEN West, Mechanics' Institute Library, Women's National Book Association-SF Chapter, San Francisco Public Library, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, and Readers Bookstore at the Main.

The winners in each category will be announced at the Awards ceremony on June 27, 2017. Free admission; open to the public. For more information: Poetryflash.org, 510.525.5476, NCBR@poetryflash.org.

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