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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 

<em>A Thousand Splendid Suns</em> Yoshi's Oakland Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo <em>Cirque du Soleil: LUZIA</em> Steve Martin and Martin Short Oakland Athletics vs. San Francisco Giants: Preseason Baseball