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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, or go to the San Francisco Public Library YouTube channel for the live stream)

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30 SEPTEMBER 2023 — saturday

  • The Dancing Poetry Festival presents a memorial concert in honor of poet Richard Angilly, co-founder of the Poetic Dance Theater Company and who served as president of the Ina Coolbrith Circle for thirty years; the performance celebrates Angilly's life as well as the arts of poetry and dance together, Social Hall of Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, 1 Lawson Road, Kensington, free, 1:00-4:00 pm PDT (Email: to RSVP)
  • 42nd Annual Northern California Book Awards, honoring the published works and authors of Northern California, as well as California translators state-wide, presenting the FRED CODY AWARD, RECOGNITION and GROUNDBREAKER AWARDS, and awards in FICTION, POETRY, CREATIVE NONFICTION, GENERAL NONFICTION, CALIFORNIA TRANSLATION IN POETRY, CALIFORNIA TRANSLATION IN PROSE, CHILDREN'S LITERATURE, YOUNGER READERS, MIDDLE GRADE, YOUNG ADULT, bookselling follows, selected by Northern California Book Reviewers and sponsored by Poetry Flash, Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 2:00 pm PDT (Check back for updates, or
  • Sacramento Poetry Alliance presents a poetry reading by Camille Norton, Corruption, and Stella Beratlis, Dust Bowl Venus, Sacramento Poetry Alliance, 1169 Perkins Way, Sacramento, free, 4:00 pm PDT (More information here:

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