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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.

Gold Medals


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 *

First Fiction:*

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

Young Adult:

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

Silver Medals *


Jonathan Lethem, The Ecstasy of Influence: nonfictions, etc. Published by Doubleday *


Peter Orner, Love and Shame and Love Published by Little, Brown and Co.

About the Ticket Supplier: Commonwealth Club

The Commonwealth Club of California is the nation’s oldest and largest public affairs forum, presenting over 400 annual events on topics ranging across politics, culture, society and the economy.

Founded in 1903, the Commonwealth Club has played host to a diverse and distinctive array of speakers, from Teddy Roosevelt in 1911 to Erin Brockovich in 2001. Along the way, Martin Luther King, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and Bill Gates have all given landmark speeches at the Club.