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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

Poetry:

Giovanni Singleton, Ascension Published by Counterpath Press *

Nonfiction:*

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

Fiction:

Héctor Tobar, The Barbarian Nurseries Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux *

Juvenile:*

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

Californiana:

David Rains Wallace, Chuckwalla Land: The Riddle of California’s Desert Published by University of CA Press Berkeley and Los Angeles

Silver Medals *

Nonfiction:*

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

Fiction:*

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

Disney's <em>The Lion King</em> <em>Cirque du Soleil: LUZIA</em> <em>Beach Blanket Babylon</em> <em>A Christmas Carol</em> Yoshi's Oakland WinterFest at California's Great America Oakland Athletics vs. San Francisco Giants: Preseason Baseball <em>Irving Berlin's White Christmas</em> Smuin's <em>The Christmas Ballet</em> <em>She Loves Me</em>