32nd Annual Northern California Book Awards

Sunday May 19 2013   1:00 PM
San Francisco Public Library  100 Larkin St., San Francisco, CA  map

Joel Pickford (Soul Calling: A Photographic Journey through the Hmong Diaspora) and Lucille Lang Day (Married at Fourteen: A True Story) are among five finalists in the Creative Nonfiction category of the Northern California Book Awards. Awards are given in the following categories: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, General Nonfiction, Translation, and Children’s Literature. The Northern California Book Awards are presented and sponsored by Northern California Book Reviewers, Poetry Flash, Center for the Art of Translation, Red Room (redroom.com), PEN West, Mechanics’ Institute, San Francisco Public Library, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, and Readers Bookstore at the Main.

1:00-2:30 pm: Awards Ceremony: readings and remarks by this year’s award-winning authors

2:30–4:00 pm: Book signing and Reception follows in the Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room

Free and open to the public; for more information visit poetryflash.org/programs/?p=ncba_2013.

Joel PickfordJoel Pickford is an award-winning photographer, filmmaker, and author born and raised in California’s San Joaquin Valley. His work can be seen at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Portland Art Museum, the Fresno Art Museum, and the Weston Gallery, among other collections. His documentary films have been broadcast on PBS stations throughout the country. In 2005, Joel received grants from the California Council for the Humanities and the James Irvine Foundation to document the Hmong refugee culture of Central California and Northern Laos. He holds an interdisciplinary master’s degree in Documentary Studies and Southeast Asian Studies at California State University, Fresno. His scholarly research also includes ethnographic fieldwork on the Laotian language and culture.
Lucille Lang DayLucille Lang Day's memoir, Married at Fourteen: A True Story (Heyday, 2012) received a PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award and was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award in Creative Nonfiction. She has published creative nonfiction in The Hudson Review, the Istanbul Literary Review, Passages North, the River Oak Review, the Willow Review, and many other journals. She is the recipient of the Willow Review Award in Creative Nonfiction and a Notable Essay citation in Best American Essays. She is also the author of a children’s book, Chain Letter, and ten poetry collections and chapbooks, including The Curvature of Blue, Infinities, and The Book of Answers. Her first poetry collection, Self-Portrait with Hand Microscope, received the Joseph Henry Jackson Award. She received an M.A. in English and an M.F.A. in creative writing at San Francisco State University, and also an M.A. in zoology and a Ph.D. in science and mathematics education at the University of California, Berkeley. The founder and director of a small press, Scarlet Tanager Books, she also served for seventeen years as the director of the Hall of Health, an interactive children’s museum in Berkeley.