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Wednesday, May 28 2014

Every year since 1931, the California Book Awards have honored exceptional literature produced in the Golden State. A select jury reads hundreds of books that fall into one of four categories: fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and children's literature. Eligible books were written while the authors were residents of California, and published during the year in question. "Our literature clearly puts us on the map as much as any geographical feature of our topography or technology company does," says Mary Ellen Hannibal, author and chair of the awards. "The soul of California is in these books." This year's winners are Karen Joy Fowler, fiction (We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves), Anthony Marra, first fiction (A Constellation of Vital Phenomena), Brenda Hillman, poetry (Seasonal Works With Letters On Fire), Marissa Moss, juvenile (Barbed Wire Baseball), Tom McNeal, young adult (Far Far Away), Heyday Books, contribution to publishing (Deborah Valoma's Scrape the Willow Until It Sings: The Words and Work of Basket Maker Julia Parker, with photographs by Lee Fatherree), and Ronald M. George, Retired California Supreme Court chief justice (Chief: The Quest for Justice in California). A reception with light refreshments begins at 5 p.m., with an awards ceremony at 6 p.m. and a book signing at 7:15 p.m.

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