81st Annual California Book Awards, Honoring the State's Best Writers
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CEO and co-founder of B612 Foundation (a private foundation dedicated to protecting the Earth from asteroid strikes), Dr. Ed Lu is a former NASA astronaut who flew three space missions, spent six months on the International Space Station, and has devoted his life to identifying and combating asteroid-related threats to our planet. As he pointed out in a recent 60 Minutes interview, there are in fact more than a million "near-Earth asteroids" that would, if they were to strike our planet, be 1,000 times more powerfully destructive than the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. Now he will discuss his mission to track potentially devastating asteroids, including his B612 Foundation's efforts to build, launch and operate a deep space telescope with infrared capabilities. Learn More
Since 1931, the California Book Awards have honored the exceptional literary merit of California writers and publishers.
Each year a select jury considers hundreds of books in search of the very best in literary achievement.
Eligible books must be written while the author is a resident of California, and they must be published during the year under consideration.
This year's California Book Awards program is sponsored by Bank of the West.
Giovanni Singleton, Ascension Published by Counterpath Press
Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino, Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World’s Richest Museum Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Alice LaPlante, Turn of Mind Published by Atlantic Monthly Press
Héctor Tobar, The Barbarian Nurseries Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Joanne Rocklin, One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street Published by Amulet Books
Maile Meloy, The Apothecary Published by Penguin Young Readers
Contribution to Publishing:
City Lights Publishers, Ten Years that Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-1978; Edited by Chris Carlsson
David Rains Wallace, Chuckwalla Land: The Riddle of California’s Desert Published by University of CA Press Berkeley and Los Angeles
Jonathan Lethem, The Ecstasy of Influence: nonfictions, etc. Published by Doubleday
Peter Orner, Love and Shame and Love Published by Little, Brown and Co.
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