by Anneli Rufus
It was a sweep for East Bay authors at the 2009 Northern California Book Awards this week.
During the 28th annual ceremony, held last Sunday at the San Francisco Main Library, Berkeley novelist Dorothy Bryant received the prestigious Fred Cody Award for lifetime achievement. Other winners include Berkeley's Sylvia Brownrigg, whose novel The Delivery Room bagged the fiction prize, and Berkeley's Richard A. Muller, whose Physics for Future Presidents won in the general nonfiction category. Noted Berkeley composer John Adams' Hallelujah Junction: Composing an American Life won in the creative nonfiction category. Rusty Morrison, founder of Richmond-based Omnidawn publishing house, won the poetry sector for her volume the true keeps calm biding its story. Berkeley's Katherine Silver won the translation prize for her Spanish-to-English rendition of Horacio Castellanos Moya's Senselessness. And for A Life in the Wild: George Schaller's Struggle to Save the Last Great Beasts, which celebrates a noted conservationist/biologist, Oakland's Pamela S. Turner won the children's-literature award. Is there something in the water over here that creates winners? If so, pass it around!