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82nd Annual California Book Awards
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*Winners of the 82nd Annual California Book Awards

  • This year’s California Book Awards program is sponsored by Bank of the West.  


Gold Medals:*

Fiction Adam Johnson: The Orphan Master’s Son, Random House  

First Fiction Jennifer duBois: A Partial History of Lost Causes, Random House  

Nonfiction Victoria Sweet: God’s Hotel: A Doctor, A Hospital, and A Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine, Riverhead Books  

Poetry Etel Adnan: Sea and Fog, Nightboat Books  

Juvenile Katherine Applegate: The One and Only Ivan, Harper Collins  

Young Adult Morgan Matson: Second Chance Summer, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers  

Contribution To Publishing Ken and Melanie Light: Valley of Shadows and Dreams, Heyday Press  

Californiana John Laslett: Sunshine Was Never Enough, University of California Press  


Silver Medals:*

Nonfiction Anne-Marie O’Connor: The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt’s Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, Alfred A. Knopf  

First Fiction Mariah K. Young: Masha’allah and Other Stories, Heydey Press 

Young Adult Marissa Moss: A Soldier’s Secret: The Incredible True Story of Sarah Edmonds, a Civil War Hero, Amulet Books 

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.