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40th Annual Northern California Book Awards

11 JULY 2021 — sunday

Northern California Book Reviewers, Poetry Flash, and the San Francisco Public Library present the 40th Annual Northern California Book Awards, honoring the best published works and authors of Northern California, as well as California translators state-wide, the nominees: POETRY: Ellen Bass (Indigo), Alan Chazaro (Piñata Theory), Judy Halebsky (Spring and a Thousand Years (Unabridged)), Danusha Laméris (Bonfire Opera), Maw Shein Win (Storage Unit for the Spirit House), Kathleen Winter (Transformer); FICTION: Ann Harleman (Tell Me, Signora), Caroline Kim (The Prince of Mournful Thoughts and Other Stories), Daniel Mason (A Registry of My Passage upon the Earth), Anne Raeff (Only the River), and Lysley Tenorio (The Son of Good Fortune); nominees CREATIVE NONFICTION: Joan Frank (Try to Get Lost: Essays on Travel and Place), Megan Harlan (Mobile Home: A Memoir in Essays), Kay Ryan (Synthesizing Gravity: Selected Prose), Rebecca Solnit (Recollections of My Nonexistence: A Memoir), and Elizabeth Tallent (Scratched: A Memoir of Perfectionism); GENERAL NONFICTION: Marilyn Chase (Everything She Touched: The Life of Ruth Asawa), Alastair Gee and Dani Anguiano (Fire in Paradise: An American Tragedy), Obi Kaufmann (The Forests of California: A California Field Atlas), Marie Mutsuki Mockett (American Harvest: God, Country, and Farming in the Heartland), and Lawrence Rosenthal (Empire of Resentment: Populism's Toxic Embrace of Nationalism); CALIFORNIA TRANSLATION IN POETRY: Terry Ehret, John Johnson, and Nancy Morales (Plagios/Plagiarisms, by Ulalume Gonzalez de Leon), Art Beck (Etudes: A Rilke Recital, by Rainer Maria Rilke), and John Balcom (My Village: Selected Poems 1972-2014, by Wu Sheng); CALIFORNIA TRANSLATION IN PROSE: Anne Milano Appel (Heaven and Earth, by Paolo Giordano), Carolina De Robertis (SurrenderBezoar and Other Unsettling Stories, by Guadalupe Nettel), Antony Shugaar (Savage Kiss, by Roberto Saviano), and Jessica Powell (Nine Moons, by Gabriela Wiener); CHILDREN'S LITERATURE, YOUNGER READERS: Alexandria Giardino and Penelope Dullaghan (The Good Song), Christian Robinson (You Matter), and Dashka Slater and Sydney Hanson (A Book for Escargot); CHILDREN'S LITERATURE, MIDDLE GRADE: Gennifer Choldenko (Orphan Eleven), Kate O'Shaughnessy (The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane), and Aida Salazar (Land of the Cranes); CHILDREN'S LITERATURE, YOUNG ADULT: Traci Chee (We Are Not Free), Anna-Marie McLemore (Dark and Deepest Red), and Maggie Tokuda-Hall (The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea), free, online via Zoom and the SFPL YouTube channel, 2:00 pm PDT (Go to poetryflash.org/programs/?p=ncba_2021, or go to the San Francisco Public Library YouTube channel for the live stream)




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26 OCTOBER 2021 — tuesday

  • Cobalt Poets presents a reading with poet and activist Bob Holman, Sing This One Back to Me, Cupid's Cashbox, open mic to follow, part of the Cobalt Poets 500th Broadside Spectacular, free, online via Zoom, 7:30 pm PDT (Zoom link here: www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html)
  • Book Passage presents actor and author Peter Coyote, Sleeping Where I Fall, The Rainman's Third Cure, reading from and discussing his collection of poems, Tongue of a Crow, online, free, 5:30 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: www.bookpassage.com/event/peter-coyote-tongue-crow-online-event)
  • Join Poetic License Sonoma every fourth Tuesday for an evening of poetry reading, featuring the eight poets that make up Poetic License Sonoma: Susanne Arrhenius, Joseph Cutler, Paul DeMarco, Kusum Irene Jain, Leo McCloskey, Steve Trenam, Judith Vaughn, and Jaime Zukowski, with special guest poet Emilie Lygren, What We Were Born For, and Santa Rosa Junior College student poet Jeanette W. Stickel, sponsored by Sebastopol Center for the Arts, $5, donations welcome, 7:00-8:30 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.sebarts.org/classes-lectures/poetic-license-sonoma-family)

27 OCTOBER 2021 — wednesday

  • City Lights Books presents a memorial tribute to poet Diane di Prima (1934-2020), marking one year since she passed in October 2020, with numerous special guest readers including Hanif Abdurraqib, Garrett Caples, Cedar Sigo, and more to be announced, celebrating the publication of two new books of Diane di Prima's work, Revolutionary Letters: 50th Anniversary Edition and Spring and Autumn Annals, online, free, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: citylights.com/events)

28 OCTOBER 2021 — thursday

  • The Poetry Center presents poet and editor jayy dodd, Mannish Tongues, reading from her new book, The Black Condition ft. Narcissus, a beautiful profile of Black trans life during political turmoil, winner of the Poetry Center Book Award, in conversation with poet Lourdes Figueroa, Ruidos = To Learn Speak, online, free, 7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: poetry.sfsu.edu/events/29204-poetry-center-book-award-reading-jayy-dodd-and-lourdes-figueroa)
  • The Center for Literary Arts of San José presents novelist and short story writer Patricia Engel reading from her New York Times best seller, Infinite Country, Hammer Theatre, 101 Paseo de San Antonio (between 2nd and 3rd Street), downtown San José, free, 6:00 pm PDT (For more information: www.clasanjose.org)

29 OCTOBER 2021 — friday

30 OCTOBER 2021 — saturday

  • Point Reyes Books presents acclaimed essayist and memorist Rebecca Solnit, winner of the Northern California Book Award in Nonfiction for Recollections of My Nonexistence, discussing her new book, Orwell's Roses, a reexamination of George Orwell's life and writings through the lens of his passion for gardening, in conversation with artist and writer Jenny Odell, in-person event, Dance Palace, 503 B Street, Point Reyes Station, $28, ticket includes a copy of the book, 6:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here: www.ptreyesbooks.com/event/rebecca-solnit-and-jenny-odell)

31 OCTOBER 2021 — sunday


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