East Bayites Up for Book Awards



Nominees have just been announced for the 29th Annual Northern California Book Awards, and works by East Bay authors figure prominently among them ... of course.

Nominees in the fiction category include Call Me Ahab: A Short Story Collection, by Oakland author and polio survivor Anne Finger, as well as The Vagrants, a scathing indictment of China's Cultural Revolution by multi-award-winning Oaklander Yiyun Li.

Nominees in the general nonfiction category include Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain, and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness, whose coauthor Alva Noë is a biology professor at UC Berkeley. Another nominee in this category is Peruvian Rebel: The World of Magda Portal, with a Selection of Her Poems, by Berkeley's Kathleen Weaver.

In the creative nonfiction category, we see Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer, by Oakland's Novella Carpenter, and Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son, by multilaureled Berkeley writer Michael Chabon.

Nominees in the poetry category include Oaklander Kim Addonizio's Lucifer at the Starlite and Kensingtonian Brenda Hillman's Practical Water.

Berkeley's Chana Bloch is nominated in the translation category for Hovering at a Low Altitude:Â The Collected Poetry of Dahlia Ravikovitch. Fellow Berkeleyite Susan Gal is nominated in the children's literature category for her beautifully illustrated Night Lights.

This year’s Northern California Book Awards ceremony takes place on Sunday, April 18, from 1:00 to 2:30 pm at the Koret Auditorium at the San Francisco Public Library's Main Branch. — Anneli Rufus