Commonwealth Club of California Book AwardsGold Medal

Given by Commonwealth Club of California

Other Names: California Book Award, California Book Award for Nonfiction, Commonwealth Club of California, California Commonwealth Club Gold Medal
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Since 1931, the Commonwealth Club of California Book Awards have honored the exceptional literary merit of California writers and publishers. Each year a select jury considers hundreds of books in show more search of the very best in literary achievement. Eligible books must be written while the author is a resident of California, and they must be published during the year under consideration. Awards are presented in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, First Work of Fiction, Poetry, Californiana, Notable Contribution to Publishing, Juvenile Literature and Young Adult Literature. show less
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Gold Medal 214

The High Sierra: A Love Story by Kim Stanley RobinsonCaliforniana2023
The Klamath Mountains: A Natural History by Michael KauffmannContribution to Publishing2023
Heartbroke by Chelsea BiekerFiction2023
Nightcrawling by Leila MottleyFirst Fiction2023
Seen and Unseen: What Dorothea Lange, Toyo Miyatake, and Ansel Adams's Photographs Reveal About the Japanese American Incarceration by Elizabeth PartridgeJuvenile2023
American Midnight: The Great War, a Violent Peace, and Democracy's Forgotten Crisis by Adam HochschildNonfiction2023
Ophelia After All by Racquel MarieYoung Adult2023
Everything Now: Lessons from the City-State of Los Angeles by Rosecrans BaldwinCaliforniana2022
The Archer by Shruti SwamyFiction2022
Skinship: Stories by Yoon ChoiFirst Fiction2022
Wishes by Muon Thi VanJuvenile2022
Paradise: One Town's Struggle to Survive an American Wildfire by Lizzie JohnsonNonfiction2022
Refractive Africa by Will AlexanderPoetry2022
Home Is Not a Country by Safia ElhilloYoung Adult2022
California Exposures: Envisioning Myth and History by Richard WhiteCaliforniana2021
A Natural History of the Anza-Borrego Region - Then and Now by Marie Simovich and Mike WellsContribution to Publishing2021
A Registry of My Passage upon the Earth: Stories by Daniel MasonFiction2021
How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam ZhangFirst Fiction2021
Efren Divided by Ernesto CisnerosJuvenile2021
South to Freedom: Runaway Slaves to Mexico and the Road to the Civil War by Alice L BaumgartnerNonfiction2021
Quiet Orient Riot by Nathalie KhankanPoetry2021
Private Lessons by Cynthia SalaysayYoung Adult2021
The Browns of California: The Family Dynasty that Transformed a State and Shaped a Nation by Miriam PawelCaliforniana2019
The Mars Room: A Novel by Rachel KushnerFiction2019
There There by Tommy OrangeFirst Fiction2019
The Language of Spells by Garret WeyrJuvenile2019
The Library Book by Susan OrleanNonfiction2019
Total Recall by Samantha GilesPoetry2019
The Age of Perpetual Light by Josh WeilFiction2018
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard RothsteinNonfiction2018
Dog Years (Pitt Drue Heinz Lit Prize) by Melissa YancyFirst Fiction2017
Cloud and Wallfish by Anne NesbetJuvenile2017
The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America by Andrés ReséndezNonfiction2017
Restless Continent by Aja Couchois DuncanPoetry2017
Moonglow by Michael ChabonFiction2016
The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America by Andrés ReséndezNonfiction2016
A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories by Lucia BerlinFiction2015
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh NguyenFirst Fiction2015
Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America by Jill LeovyNonfiction2015
Challenger Deep by Neal ShustermanYoung Adult2015
San Francisco's Jewel City: The Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915 by Laura A. AckleyCaliforniana2014
An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih AlameddineFiction2014
Waiting for the Electricity: A Novel by Christina NicholFirst Fiction2014
The Crusades of Cesar Chavez: A Biography by Miriam PawelNonfiction2014
Far Far Away by Tom McNealYoung Adult2014
Scrape the Willow Until It Sings: The Words and Work of Basket Maker Julia Parker by Deborah ValomaContribution to Publishing2013
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy FowlerFiction2013
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony MarraFirst Fiction2013
Barbed Wire Baseball by Marissa MossJuvenile2013
Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety by Eric SchlosserNonfiction2013
Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire by Brenda HillmanPoetry2013
Valley of Shadows and Dreams by Melanie LightContribution to Publishing2012
The Orphan Master's Son by Adam JohnsonFiction2012
A Partial History of Lost Causes by Jennifer DuBoisFirst Fiction2012
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine ApplegateJuvenile2012
God's Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine by Victoria SweetNonfiction2012
Sea and fog by Etel AdnanPoetry2012
Second Chance Summer by Morgan MatsonYoung Adult2012
Chuckwalla Land: The Riddle of California's Desert by David Rains WallaceCaliforniana2011
Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-1978 by Chris CarlssonContribution to Publishing2011
The Barbarian Nurseries by Héctor TobarFiction2011
Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlanteFirst Fiction2011
One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street by Joanne RocklinJuvenile2011
Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World's Richest Museum by Jason FelchNonfiction2011
Ascension by Giovanni SingletonPoetry2011
The Apothecary by Maile MeloyYoung Adult2011
A State of Change: Forgotten Landscapes of California by Laura CunninghamCaliforniana2010
Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1 by Mark TwainContribution to Publishing2010
I Hotel by Karen Tei YamashitaFiction2010
The Lost Books of The Odyssey by Zachary MasonFirst Fiction2010
Grandma's Gloves by Cecil CastellucciJuvenile2010
Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History by Yunte HuangNonfiction2010
Mortal Geography (Karen & Michael Braziller Books) by Alexandra TeaguePoetry2010
The Things a Brother Knows by Dana ReinhardtYoung Adult2010
The Vagrants by Yiyun LiFiction2009
The Bigness of the World: Stories by Lori OstlundFirst Fiction2009
Lucky Breaks by Susan PatronJuvenile2009
A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster by Rebecca SolnitNonfiction2009
Asian American Art: A History, 1850-1970 by Gordon H. ChangContribution to Publishing2008
The End of the Jews: A Novel by Adam MansbachFiction2008
Telex from Cuba by Rachel KushnerFirst Fiction2008
We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir NelsonJuvenile2008
Hallelujah Junction: Composing an American Life by John AdamsNonfiction2008
Sleeping It Off in Rapid City: Poems, New and Selected by August KleinzahlerPoetry2008
White Sands, Red Menace by Ellen KlagesYoung Adult2008
The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael ChabonFiction2007
Ralph Ellison: A Biography by Arnold RampersadNonfiction2007
Chinese Apples: New and Selected Poems by W. S. Di PieroPoetry2007
Wizard of the Crow by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'oFiction2006
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael PollanNonfiction2006
New and Collected Poems, 1964-2006 by Ishmael ReedPoetry2006
Europe Central by William T. VollmannFiction2005
Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves by Adam HochschildNonfiction2005
The Niagara River: Poems by Kay RyanPoetry2005
The Confessions of Max Tivoli by Andrew Sean GreerFiction2004
The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic by Chalmers JohnsonNonfiction2004
The School Among the Ruins: Poems 2000-2004 by Adrienne RichPoetry2004
Evidence of Things Unseen by Marianne WigginsFiction2003
River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West by Rebecca SolnitNonfiction2003
The Strange Hours Travelers Keep: Poems by August KleinzahlerPoetry2003
The Miracle: A Novel by John L'HeureuxFiction2002
Brown: The Last Discovery of America by Richard RodriguezNonfiction2002
Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest: Poems by B. H. FairchildPoetry2002
Highwire Moon by Susan StraightFiction2001
American Colonies: The Settling of North America by Alan TaylorNonfiction2001
New and Collected Poems: 1931–2001 by Czesław MiłoszPoetry2001
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael ChabonFiction2000
Our Vietnam: The War 1954-1975 by A. J. LangguthNonfiction2000
Selected Poems by Fanny HowePoetry2000
The Oxygen Man by Steve YarbroughFirst Fiction1999
Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945 by David M. KennedyNonfiction1999
King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa by Adam HochschildNonfiction1998
Le Divorce by Diane JohnsonFiction1997
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared DiamondNonfiction1997
Storm over Mono by John HartCaliforniana1996
Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir by D. J. WaldieNonfiction1996
Jackson Street by John A. MillerFirst Work1995
Opera in America: A Cultural History by John DizikesNonfiction1993
Josiah Royce: From Grass Valley to Harvard by Robert V. HineCaliforniana1992
When Nietzsche Wept by Irvin YalomFiction1992
Triumphs and Tragedy: A History of the Mexican People by Ramon Eduardo RuizNonfiction1992
Farming on the Edge by John HartCaliforniana1991
Anne Sexton: A Biography by Diane MiddlebrookNonfiction1991
Bay Area Figurative Art, 1950-1965 by Caroline A. JonesCaliforniana1990
Sacred Mountains of the World by Edwin BernbaumNonfiction1990
Denial of Disaster by Gladys C. HansenCaliforniana1989
Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans by Ronald TakakiNonfiction1989
Julia Morgan, Architect by Sara Holmes BoutelleCaliforniana1988
Chaucer: His Life, His Works, His World by Donald R. HowardNonfiction1987
The Golden Gate: A Novel in Verse by Vikram SethCaliforniana1986
France, Fin de Siècle by Eugen WeberNonfiction1986
Art in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945-1980 by Thomas AlbrightCaliforniana1985
A History of Architecture: Settings and Rituals by Spiro KostofNonfiction1985
The University of California/Sotheby Book of California Wine by Doris MuscatineCaliforniana1984
French Gothic Architecture of the 12th and 13th Centuries by Jean V. BonyNonfiction1983
The First Elizabeth by Carolly EricksonNonfiction1983
Winemaking in California by Ruth TeiserCaliforniana1982
The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763-1789 by Robert MiddlekauffNonfiction1982
The World Rushed In: The California Gold Rush Experience by J. S. HollidayCaliforniana1981
Hunger of Memory : The Education of Richard Rodriguez by Richard RodriguezNonfiction1981
Flight of the Sparrow by Julia CunninghamJuvenile1980
Translating Neruda: The Way to Macchu Picchu by John FelstinerNonfiction1980
The Year of the French by Thomas FlanaganFirst Fiction1979
Max Perkins: Editor of Genius by A. Scott BergFiction1978
The Wanderers: The Saga of Three Women Who Survived by Ingrid RimlandFirst Fiction1977
A New Age Now Begins: A People's History of the American Revolution by Page SmithNonfiction1976
Jack Straw's Castle by Thom GunnPoetry1976
The Rape of the Nile: Tomb Robbers, Tourists, and Archaeologists in Egypt, Revised and Updated by Brian M. FaganNonfiction1975
An Everyday History of Somewhere by Ray RaphaelCaliforniana1974
The Ascent of Man by Jacob BronowskiNonfiction1974
Steinbeck Country by Steve CrouchNonfiction1973
Americans and the California Dream, 1850-1915 by Kevin StarrNonfiction1973
Contour in Time: The Plays of Eugene O'Neill by Travis BogardNonfiction1972
The Exorcist by William Peter BlattyFiction1971
Asian Ideas of East and West: Tagore and His Critics in Japan, China, and India by Stephen N. HayNonfiction1970
With Bold Knife and Fork by M. F. K. FisherNonfiction1969
Edward L. Thorndike: The Sane Positivist by Geraldine JonCich CliffordNonfiction1968
Heroic Mexico: The Violent Emergence of a Modern Nation by William Weber JohnsonNonfiction1968
A Night of Watching by Elliott ArnoldFiction1967
Robert E. Lee: A Portrait by Margaret SanbornNonfiction1967
The Stone Mason of Tor House: The Life and Times of Robinson Jeffers by Melba Berry BennettNonfiction1966
The cave and the mountain : a study of E M Forster by Wilfred StoneNonfiction1966
Arfive by A.B. Jr GuthrieNonfiction1965
Oil, land, and politics; the California career of Thomas Robert Bard by W. H. HutchinsonNonfiction1965
Andreas Vesalius of Brussels, 1514-1564 by C. D. O'MalleyNonfiction1964
A History of Russia by Nicholas V. RiasanovskyNonfiction1963
Franz Kafka: Parable and Paradox [Revised and Expanded Edition] by Heinz PolitzerNonfiction1962
John Adams by Page SmithNonfiction1962
Mila 18 by Leon UrisFiction1961
Sinclair Lewis: An American Life by Mark SchorerNonfiction1961
Chancellor Robert R. Livingston of New York, 1746-1813 by George DangerfieldNonfiction1960
Flight from Ashiya by Elliott ArnoldFiction1959
Alexander Hamilton: portrait in paradox by John Chester MillerNonfiction1959
Warlock by Oakley HallFiction1958
Mistress to an age : a life of Madame de Staël by J. Christopher HeroldNonfiction1958
Elizabethans at Home by Lu Emily PearsonNonfiction1957
The Nun's Story by Kathryn HulmeNonfiction1956
Cities in Revolt: Urban Life in America, 1743-1776 by Carl BridenbaughNonfiction1955
Notre-Dame of Paris by Allan TemkoNonfiction1955
The Nightmare by C. S. ForesterFiction1954
Howells and the age of realism by Everett CarterNonfiction1954
The High and the Mighty by Ernest K. GannFiction1953
It's good to be black by Ruby Berkley GoodwinNonfiction1953
Boss Ruef's San Francisco: The Story of the Union Labor Party, Big Business, and the Graft Prosecution (Cal 138) by Walton BeanNonfiction1952
Sandra and the Right Prince by Mildred Napier AndersonFiction1951
The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements by Eric HofferNonfiction1951
Bridal Journey by Dale Van EveryFiction1950
Sea Road to the Indies: An account of the voyages and exploits of the Portuguese navigators, together with the life and times of Dom Vasco da Gama, Capitao-Mor, Viceroy of India and Count Vidigueira by Henry Hersch HartNonfiction1950
The Journey of Simon McKeever by Albert MaltzFiction1949
The Sky and the Forest by C. S. ForesterFiction1948
The Age of the Great Depression 1929-1941: A History of American Life by Dixon WecterScholarship1948
Blood Brother by Elliott ArnoldFiction1947
The Atlantic Frontier: Colonial American Civilization, 1607-1763 by Louis B. WrightScholarship1947
Big Tree by Mary BuffFiction1946
Minor Heresies, Major Departures: A China Mission Boyhood by John Jenkins EspeyNonfiction1945
The Epic of Latin America by John A. CrowScholarship1945
Caesar and Christ by Will DurantNonfiction1944
Woodrow Wilson and the Lost Peace by Thomas A. BaileyScholarship1944
Brothers under the skin by Carey McWilliamsNonfiction1943
The Legacy of Nazism: The Economic and Social Consequences of Totalitarianism by Frank MunkScholarship1943
A history of historical writing by James Westfall ThompsonScholarship1942
Lord of Alaska; Baranov and the Russian Adventure by Hector ChevignyNonfiction1941
Many Mexicos by Lesley Byrd SimpsonScholarship1941
A Diplomatic History of the American People by Thomas A. BaileyScholarship1940
The Structure of Art by Carl ThurstonScholarship1940
Land Below the Wind by Agnes Newton KeithNonfiction-Memoir1939
San Francisco's Literary Frontier by Franklin WalkerScholarship1939
Enchanted Vagabonds by Dana LambNonfiction-Memoir1938
Men of Mathematics by E. T. BellScholarship1937
God and man's destiny by Hartley Burr AlexanderScholarship1936
San Francisco tales by Charles DobieNonfiction1935
The Saga of the Comstock Lode by George D. LymanScholarship1934
San Francisco: A Pageant by Charles Caldwell DobieNonfiction1933
Adventures of a Novelist by Gertrude AthertonNonfiction-Memoir1932


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