Monday, April 14, 2014

Teardown Nominated for the 33rd Annual Northern California Book Awards

Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City by Gordon Young has been nominated for the 33rd Annual Northern California Book Awards for Creative Nonfiction. The award honors the top authors in Northern California and is presented and sponsored by Northern California Book Reviewers, Poetry Flash, Center for the Art of Translation, Red Room, PEN West, Mechanics' Institute, San Francisco Public Library, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, and Readers Bookstore at the Main. 

Winners will be announced on Sunday, April 27 at Koret Auditorium in the San Francisco Main Library at an awards ceremony from 1:00-2:30 p.m., followed by a book signing and reception from 2:30-4:00 p.m. The Program includes readings and remarks by this year's award-winning authors. It is free and open to the public.

Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco, Gary Kamiya, Bloomsbury
The Cooked Seed, Anchee Min, Bloomsbury
The Faraway Nearby, Rebecca Solnit, Viking
Beyond the Possible: 50 Years of Radical Change at Glide, Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani, HarperOne
Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City, Gordon Young, University of California Press

Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire, Brenda Hillman, Wesleyan 
Black Crow Dress, Roxane Beth Johnson, Alice James Books
Spiral Trace, Jack Marshall, Coffee House Press
The Palace of Contemplating Departure, Brynn Saito, Red Hen Press
Here Come the Warm Jets, Alli Warren, City Lightsbrn

At Night We Walk in Circles, Daniel Alarcon, Riverhead
Sorrow, Catherine Gammon, Braddock Avenue Books
The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells, Andrew Sean Greer, Ecco
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Anthony Marra, Hogarth
Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge, Peter Orner, Little, Brown

Down by the Bay: San Francisco's History Between the Tides, Matthew Morse Booker, University of California Press
League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth, Mark Fainaru-Wada, and Steve Fainaru, Crown Archetype
Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety, Eric Schlosser, The Penguin Press
Carol and John Steinbeck: Portrait of a Marriage, Susan Shillinglaw, University of Nevada Press
An Atomic Love Story: The Extraordinary Women in Robert Oppenheimer's Life,Shirley Streshinsky and Patricia Klaus, Turner Publishing

The Mongolian Conspiracy, Rafael Bernal, translated by Katherine Silver from the Spanish, New Directions
The Mehlis Report, Rabee Jaber, translated by Kareem James Abu-Zeid from the Arabic, New Directions
The Art of Joy, Goliarda Sapienza, translated by Anne Milano Appel from the Italian, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Poems of Consummation, Vicente Aleixandre, translated from the Spanish by Stephen Kessler, Black Widow Press
Colonies, poems, Tomasz Rozycki, translated from the Polish by Mira Rosenthal, Zephyr Press
Landscape with Yellow Birds, Selected Poems, José Ángel Valente, translated from the Spanish by Thomas Christensen, Archipelago Books 

Younger Readers
Mira's Diary: Home Sweet Rome, Marissa Moss, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Battle Bunny, Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett, Simon & Schuster 
The Dark, Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 
Middle Grade/Young Adult
Freakboy, Kristin Elizabeth Clark, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Tarnish, Katherine Longshore, Viking
Lara's Gift, Annemarie O'Brien, Knopf


  1. Battle Bunny AND Teardown?!? I think I went to school with Cecil Williams at Choice back in the day. Norcal would be a cultural wasteland if it wasn't for refugees from Flint.

  2. Congratulations on the Nomination!


Thanks for commenting. I moderate comments, so it may take a while for your comment to appear. You might enjoy my book about Flint called "Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City," a Michigan Notable Book for 2014 and a finalist for the 33rd Annual Northern California Book Award for Creative NonFiction. Filmmaker Michael Moore described Teardown as "a brilliant chronicle of the Mad Maxization of a once-great American city." More information about Teardown is available at