Mark your calendars for 5 p.m. June 9, when the winners of the Commonwealth Club of California's 83rd annual California Book Awards will be honored at a reception and ceremony at club headquarters in downtown San Francisco. The awards recognize achievement in several categories by resident authors whose works embody the California spirit and help put the state on the literary map.

The 2014 winners include, for fiction, Santa Cruz's Karen Joy Fowler, the author of the memorable novel "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves" (Putnam). Capturing gold for a first work of fiction is Oakland's Anthony Marra for "A Constellation of Vital Phenomena" (Hogarth). Eric Schlosser is the nonfiction winner for "Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety" (Penguin Press). Berkeley's Brenda Hillman won for poetry with "Seasonal Works With Letters on Fire" (Wesleyan University Press), and the juvenile and young adult winners were Marissa Moss for "Barbed Wire Baseball" (Harry N. Abrams) and Tom McNeal for "Far Far Away" (Knopf). Tickets for the program, at 595 Market St.


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, are $5-$10, available at 415-597-6700 and www.commonwealthclub.org.

-- Sue Gilmore, Staff

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