Terry Ehret’s latest collection of lyric and prose poems, Lucky Break, has been nominated for the Northern California Book Reviewers Award in poetry. Ehret, also a co-founder Sixteen Rivers Press, served as poet laureate of Sonoma County from 2004 to 2006.

The 28th Annual Northern California Book Awards will be held Sunday, April 19, at Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin at Grove, at 1 p.m. The event features readings by the winning authors and remarks by this year’s Fred Cody Award recipient–novelist, publisher, and playwright Dorothy Bryant.

Here are the 2009 nominees in all the categories:

Lady Lazarus, Andrew Foster Altschul, Harcourt

Doctor Olaf van Schuler’s Brain, Kirsten Menger-Anderson, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill

The Delivery Room, Sylvia Brownrigg, Counterpoint

Requiem for the Author of Frankenstein, Molly Dwyer, Lost Coast Press

No One You Know, Michelle Richmond, Delacorte Press


Lucky Break, Terry Ehret, Sixteen Rivers Press

The Date Fruit Elegies, John Olivares Espinoza, Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe

Inverse Sky, John Isles, University of Iowa Press

Sleeping It Off in Rapid City, New & Selected, August Kleinzahler, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

the true keeps calm biding its story, Rusty Morrison, Ahsahta Press

General Nonfiction

Physics for Future Presidents:The Science Behind the Headline

Richard A. Muller, W.W. Norton

The Dominant Animal: Human Evolution and the Environment

Paul R. Ehrlich and Anne H. Ehrlich, Island Press

A Romance on Three Legs:Glenn Gould’s Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Piano

Katie Hafner, Bloomsbury

Towers of Gold:How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California
Frances Dinkelspiel, St. Martin’s Press

In Defense of Food:An Eater’s Manifesto
Michael Pollan, The Penguin Press

Creative Nonfiction

Hallelujah Junction:Composing an American Life
John Adams, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The Middle Place, Kelly Corrigan, Voice

Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction
David Sheff, Houghton Mifflin

Wrestling with the Angel of Democracy:On Being an American Citizen
Susan Griffin, Trumpeter

Children’s Literature

Steinbeck’s Ghost, Lewis Buzbee, Feiwel & Friends

Just In Case:A Trickster Tale and Spanish Alphabet Book, Yuyi Morales, Roaring Brook Press

Facts of Life: Stories, Gary Soto, Harcourt Children’s Books

A Life in the Wild:George Schaller’s Struggle to Save the Last Great Beasts
Pamela S. Turner, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The Dragon’s Child:A Story of Angel Island

Laurence Yep and Dr. Kathleen S. Yep, HarperCollins


The Old Man’s Verses, Ivan Divis, Translated from Czech by Deborah Garfinkle,

Host Publications

Odes and Elegies, Friedrich Hölderlin, Translated from German by Nick Hoff
Wesleyan University Press

State of Exile, Cristina Peri Rossi, Translated from Spanish by Marilyn Buck

City Lights Publishers

Senselessness, Horacio Castellanos Moya, Translated from Spanish by Katherine Silver
New Directions

Belonging:New Poetry by Iranians Around the World, Translated from Persian by Niloufar Talebi, North Atlantic Books

Special Recognition Award

Paintings in Proust:A Visual Companion to In Search of Lost Time
Eric Karpeles, Thames & Hudson

Fred Cody Award For Lifetime Achievement Community & Literature

Novelist, publisher, and playwright Dorothy Bryant