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Northern California Book Awards

Starting in 1981, the awards honor the work of Northern California authors in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translation, and children’s Literature.

“This is a very heartfelt, volunteer effort to celebrate the best of Northern California writing and publishing,” says Joyce Jenkins, director of Poetry Flash and chairwoman of the Northern California Book Reviewers Association, which organizes the event. “We also seek to recognize tnorthern_california_independence_by_kev_parkerhis as a literary region with its own character, identity and history and to highlight the importance of writing and publishing here.”

The 2009 awards are sponsored by the Northern California Book Reviewers, Poetry Flash , the San Francisco Public Library, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, The Center for the Art of Translation, PEN West and Mechanics’ Institute Library.

Northern California Book Awards 2010 (for 2009 books)

Winners of the 29th annual Northern California Book Awards — given for the best 2009 books by California writers and editors, and for lifetime achievement — were announced Sunday in a program at the San Francisco Public Library.

The fiction winner was Catherine Brady for "The Mechanics of Falling and Other Stories," her third collection of stories, set mostly in and around San Francisco.

Tamin Ansary won the general nonfiction prize for a sweeping history of the world from the time of the Prophet Muhammad to the present, "Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World through Islamic Eyes."

Dave Eggers received the creative nonfiction award for "Zeitoun," about the experiences of a Syrian-born contractor in New Orleans during and after Hurricane Katrina. D.A. Powell won for  "Chronic: Poems," his fourth poetry volume about living with HIV.

Nina LaCour was honored for her young-adult novel "Hold Still," about the feelings and experiences of a young woman who loses her best friend to suicide. And Camille T. Dungy won special recognition for editing the anthology "Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry."

Receiving the Fred Cody Award for lifetime achievement was Nancy J. Peters, co-owner and former publisher of City Lights Booksellers and Publishers in San Francisco's North Beach.

source: Silicon Valley Mercury News.com

2009 Awards | Fiction | Poetry | General Nonfiction | Creative Nonfiction | Translation | Children's Literature

2009 Winners for book Published in 2008- April 19, 2009 (Winners and finalists cover art slideshow. Click on cover for more information from Amazon's data-base)

2009 Northern California Book Award Commentary Award Tragic Blog


2009 NCBA Winner-

The Delivery Room: A Novel
Sylvia Brownrigg


Lady Lazarus
Andrew Foster Altschul

Doctor Olaf van Schuler's Brain
Kirsten Menger-Anderson
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill

Requiem for the Author of Frankenstein
Molly Dwyer
Lost Coast Press

No One You Know
Michelle Richmond
Delacorte Press


2009 NCBA Winner

the true keeps calm biding its story
Rusty Morrison
Ahsahta Press

Lucky Break
Terry Ehret
Sixteen Rivers Press

The Date Fruit Elegies
John Olivares Espinoza
Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe

Inverse Sky (Kuhl House Poets)
John Isles
University of Iowa Press

Sleeping It Off in Rapid City: Poems, New and Selected
August Kleinzahler
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

General Nonfiction

2009 NCBA Winner

Physics for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines
Richard A. Muller
W.W. Norton


The Dominant Animal: Human Evolution and the Environment
Paul R. Ehrlich and Anne H. Ehrlich
Island Press

A Romance on Three Legs: Glenn Gould's Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Piano
Katie Hafner

Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California
Frances Dinkelspiel
St. Martin's Press

In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto

Michael Pollan
The Penguin Press

Creative Nonfiction

2009 NCBA Winner

Hallelujah Junction: Composing an American Life
John Adams
Farrar, Straus and Giroux


The Middle Place
Kelly Corrigan

Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction
David Sheff
Houghton Mifflin

Wrestling with the Angel of Democracy: On Being an American Citizen
Susan Griffin

Children's Literature

2009 NCBA Winner

A Life in the Wild: George Schaller's Struggle to Save the Last Great Beasts
Pamela S. Turner
Farrar, Straus and Giroux


Steinbeck's Ghost
Lewis Buzbee
Feiwel & Friends

Just In Case: A Trickster Tale and Spanish Alphabet Book
Yuyi Morales
Roaring Brook Press

Facts of Life: Stories
Gary Soto
Harcourt Children's Books

The Dragon's Child: A Story of Angel Island
Laurence Yep and Dr. Kathleen S. Yep


2009 NCBA Winner

Horacio Castellanos Moya
Translated from Spanish
by Katherine Silver

New Directions

The Old Man's Verses
Ivan Divis
Translated from Czech
by Deborah Garfinkle
Host Publications

Odes and Elegies (Wesleyan Poetry)
Friedrich Hölderlin
Translated from German
by Nick Hoff

Wesleyan University Press

State of Exile (City Lights Pocket Poets Series) (Spanish Edition)
Cristina Peri Rossi
Translated from Spanish
by Marilyn Buck

City Lights Publishers

Belonging: New Poetry by Iranians Around the World (Scala Translation)
Translated from Persian
by Niloufar Talebi

North Atlantic Book

Special Recognition Award

Paintings in Proust: A Visual Companion to In Search of Lost Time
Eric Karpeles
Thames & Hudson 

Fred Cody Award
For Lifetime Achievement
Community & Literature

Novelist, publisher, and playwright

Dorothy Bryant

2009 NCBA Winner


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