California Book Award Finalists include TC Boyle: See the full list and read the interview with TC Boyle

The Commonwealth Club of California has announced finalists for the 79th Annual California Book Awards. These are books written by California authors in 2009. What a great way to discover some new books from some of the best writers from California – especially new poetry for National Poetry Month. The winners will be announced April 19th, and an awards ceremony is scheduled for June 3, 2010, in San Francisco. 

In the fiction category this year is the bestselling novel The Women by distinguished USC professor TC Boyle, who was interviewed earlier this year by Frank Mundo, the LA Books Examiner. 

Poetry:
Rachel Loden, Dick of the Dead. Published by Ahsahta Press
Robin Ekiss, Mansion of Happiness. Published by University of Georgia Press
Randall Mann, Breakfast with Thom Gunn. Published by University Of Chicago Press
Joseph Stroud, Of This World. Published by Copper Canyon Press
D.A. Powell, Chronic. Graywolf Press

Non-Fiction:
William T. Vollman, Imperial. Published by Viking Adult
Rebecca Solnit, A Paradise Built in Hell. Published by Viking Adult
Dave Eggers, Zeitoun. Published by McSweeny’s
Ray Raphael, Founders. Published by New Press.
Minal Hajratwala, Leaving India. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

First Fiction:
Skip Horack, The Southern Cross. Published by Mariner Books
Abraham Verghese, Cutting for Stone. Published by Knopf
Victoria Patterson, Drift. Published by Mariner Books
Lori Ostlund, The Bigness of the World. Published by University of Georgia Press
Carolina de Robertis, The Invisible Mountain. Published by Knopf

Fiction:
T.C. Boyle, The Women. Published by Viking Adult
Yiyun Li, The Vagrants. Published by Random House
Michelle Huneven, Blame. Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Percival Everett, I am Not Sidney Poitier. Published by Graywolf Press
Maile Meloy, Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It. Published by Riverhead

See the full list of finalists at LA Books Examiner.

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