To be eligible for the Northern California Book Awards, nominees must live from Fresno north. Entrants in the SoCal Book Awards need to live from Morro Bay south. Right now, you geographers are clawing your eyes out, knowing that those boundaries leave a whole swath of the Golden State (Paso Robles! Visalia! King City!) in the lurch. Could be nobody writes there. Anyway, we wont pick any favorites for the NorCal event, because everybody is a winner. But: One nominee is Andrew Foster Altschul for Lady Lazarus, a book about the Cobain family that isnt about the Cobain family but rather the Morath family (fiction!). Another is Michael Pollan, up for In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto. And theres Lewis Buzbee, author of the kids book Steinbeck's Ghost. After these three (or any of the other 20 nominees) walk off the stage with their awards, congratulate them (or any of the other 20 nominees) at the hour-and-a-half post-awards reception.
Sun., April 19, 1 p.m., 2009