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June 9: 83rd Annual California Book Awards Competition Awards Ceremony

by Teresa Rodriguez

Book lovers from around the state will gather on June 9th at the Commonwealth Club to recognize the winners of the California Book Awards Competition. This year, several individuals who have spoken at club forums will be award winners, including Eric Schlosser for his chilling account of an accident involving a nuclear missile, and former California Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald M. George for his oral history.

“It is a great yearly pleasure to ponder, discuss, opine about, and finally choose the winners of the California Book Awards, in conversation with a committed, passionate jury,” says chair Mary Ellen Hannibal. “Our 2013 selections include novels that wrestle with familial bonds amid ethnic conflagration and across species; nonfiction that drills down into how we try to define and protect ourselves and our neighbors; and poetry that puts fresh forms around custom and country. The huge imagination and energy of the Golden State are once again in full, literary glory.”

The 83rd Annual California Book Awards ceremony will take place at the Commonwealth Club of California. The reception with wine and light refreshments will begin at 5:00 p.m., followed by the awards presentations at 6 p.m. A book signing will take place immediately after the ceremony.

WHEN: Monday June 9th at 6 p.m.

WHERE: Commonwealth Club, 595 Market Street, 2nd floor

HOW: Tickets may be purchased online at or call (415) 597-6700.

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