The California Book Awards

Bank of the West Sponsors the 81st Annual California Book Awards

Bank of the West Sponsors the 81st Annual California Book Awards

San Francisco, CA | June 7, 2012

Bank of the West is the proud sponsor of the Commonwealth Club of California's 2012 California Book Awards.

The annual awards recognize the very best in literary achievement for that year, in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, first work of fiction, poetry, Californiana, notable contribution to publishing, juvenile literature and young adult literature.

"We are pleased to support this celebration for The Commonwealth Club of California's 81st Annual California Book Awards," said Paul Wible, Head of Bank of the West's National Finance Group. "As a California bank with strong ties to education and literacy programs, we are proud to help recognize our state's exceptional literary talent."

Mr. Wible is a strong supporter of the national Raising A Reader program, which encourages a love for reading and learning among families across the country. During the awards program he will be joined by Dr. Gabrielle Miller, the National Executive Director for Raising A Reader, who will speak about the important role that reading to children has in brain development and language acquisition.

The California Book Awards are among the most prestigious literary awards in the state of California. Literary historians generally credit the book awards for being among the first to recognize the talent of a young John Steinbeck in the 1930s.

81st Commonwealth Club California Book Awards Winners:

Gold Medals

Giovanni Singleton, Ascension Published by Counterpath Press

Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino, Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World's Richest Museum Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

First Fiction:
Alice LaPlante, Turn of Mind Published by Atlantic Monthly Press
Héctor Tobar, The Barbarian Nurseries Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Jonanne Rocklin, One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street Published by Amulet Books

Young Adult:
Maile Meloy, The Apothecary Published by Penguin Young Readers

Contribution to Publishing:
City Lights Publishers, Ten Years that Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-1978; Edited by Chris Carlsson

David Rains Wallace, Chuckwalla Land: The Riddle of California's Desert Published by University of CA Press Berkeley and Los Angeles

Silver Medals

Jonathan Lethem, The Ecstasy of Influence: nonfictions, etc. Published by Doubleday

Peter Orner, Love and Shame and Love Published by Little, Brown and Co.