Arion Lyre

CODY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR ANDREW HOYEM

Book critics laud regional literary talents and luminaries at
26th Annual Northern California Book Awards

Sunday, April 15, 2007, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Koret Auditorium at the San Francisco Main Library
100 Larkin Street in San Francisco

Reception and book signing follows in the Latino/Hispanic Community Room at 2:30 pm.
Admission to the event is free and it is wheelchair accessible.

Celebrate the Bay Area's vibrant literary scene when the 26th annual Northern California Book Awards recognize the best published works of 2006 on Sunday, April 15, 1:00-2:30 pm at the Koret Auditorium of the San Francisco Public Library's Main Branch, 100 Larkin Street in San Francisco. A book signing and reception with the authors follows the Awards Ceremony in the Latino/Hispanic Room from 2:30-4:00 pm. Nominated books will be for sale by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. Admission to the Book Awards is free.

Awards in five categories
Eligible books are divided into five categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Children's Literature and Translation. Local critics read the books, discuss their merits and pick the winners. All of the nominated books are saluted at the ceremony, but five authors walk away with the honors.

Fred Cody Award for lifetime achievement to Andrew Hoyem
This year's Fred Cody Award for lifetime achievement is presented to Andrew Hoyem, the creative spirit of Arion Press. Born in 1935 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to second-generation Norwegian parents, Andrew Hoyem graduated from Pomona College and served in the U. S. Navy. Upon settling in San Francisco in 1961, he became involved with the avant-garde literature scene. During the early 1960s, Hoyem was a partner in the Auerhahn Press, the publisher of numerous Beat Generation writers like John Weiners, Michael McClure, William Burroughs, Philip Lamantia, Philip Whalen, and Charles Olsen. He designed several of the books written by his friend Richard Brautigan.

Godot

Andrew Hoyem
printing the Arion Press Folio Bible

After a nearly eight-year partnership with legendary San Francisco fine printer Robert Grabhorn, Hoyem struck out on his own and founded Arion Press. Considered one of the most accomplished printers of today, Hoyem is also a published poet and exhibited artist who occasionally includes his own writings and drawings in Arion books. The concepts for all Arion publications originate with Hoyem, who chooses literary texts, commission new work from writers and artists he admires, and designs the books, including their bindings and typography. In the Press's livre d'artiste series, he has worked closely with distinguished artists - Robert Motherwell, Jasper Johns, Ida Applebroog, John Baldessari, and Richard Diebenkorn, many of who come to the Press in San Francisco to work with him on projects. Individuals, museums and libraries including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, British Library, Huntington Library, and the Library of Congress collect Arion editions.

History of the Northern California Book Awards

Since 1981, the Northern California Book Reviewers (formerly BABRA), a volunteer group of book reviewers and book review editors, has honored the work of Northern California authors. One of the group's founders was Fred Cody, proprietor of the famed independent bookstores in Berkeley. Shortly after his death, the group created an award in his name to honor a lifetime of achievements and distinguished service to the literary community. This year's Fred Cody Award for lifetime achievement will be presented to a respected member of the literary community. Previous recipients include Diane di Prima, Orville Schell, Philip Levine, Ronald Takaki, Francisco X. Alarcon, Carolyn Kizer, Ishmael Reed, Maxine Hong Kingston, Robert Hass, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Malcom Margolin, Adrienne Rich, Wallace Stegner, Kay Boyle, William Everson, Alice Walker, Gary Snyder, Jessica Mitford, Tillie Olson, M.F.K. Fisher, and Robert Duncan.

Recognition for the Awards' sponsors
The Northern California Book Reviewers, Poetry Flash, Northern California Independent Booksellers Association, Center sponsor the 26th annual Northern California Book Awards for the Art of Translation, Mechanics' Institute, PEN West, and the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

General event information
26th annual Northern California Book Awards takes place on Sunday, April 15, 1:00-2:30 pm at the Koret Auditorium of the San Francisco Public Library's Main Branch, 100 Larkin Street in San Francisco. A book signing and reception with the authors follows the Awards Ceremony in the Latino/Hispanic Room from 2:30-4:00 pm. Nominated books will be for sale by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. Admission to the Book Awards is free. For more information, please telephone (510) 525-5476 or visit www.poetryflash.org/NCBA.html <http://www.poetryflash.org/NCBA.html> .

2007 Northern California Book Award Nominees
[for books published in 2006 by Northern California authors]

FICTION NOMINEES
Buffalo Boy and Geronimo, James Janko, Curbstone Press.
Samba Dreamers, Kathleen de Azevedo, University of Arizona Press.
Miss Kansas City, Joan Frank, University of Michigan Press.
What is the What, Dave Eggers, McSweeney's.
The Beheading Game, Brenda Webster, Wings Press.

NONFICTION NOMINEES
Art of Engagement: Visual Politics in California and Beyond, Peter Selz, University of California Press/San Jose Museum of Art.
The Heartless Stone: A Journey Through the World of Diamonds, Deceit, and Desire, Tom Zoellner, St. Martin's Press.
Follies of the Wise: Dissenting Essays, Frederick Crews, Shoemaker &Hoard.
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, Michael Pollan, The Penguin Press.
The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East, Sandy Tolan Bloomsbury USA.

TRANSLATION NOMINEES
Sweetbitter Love: Poems of Sappho, translated by Willis Barnstone, Shambhala Publications.
Flowers of a Moment, Ko Un, translated by Brother Anthony, Young-Moo Kim, and Gary Gach, BOA Editions.
Paradise Travel, Jorge Franco, translated by Katherine Silver, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.
Letter to My Mother, Edith Bruck, translated by Brenda Webster with Gabriella Romani, Modern Language Association of America.
The Three Way Tavern, Ko Un, translated by Clare You and Richard Silberg, University of California Press.

POETRY
The Totality for Kids, Joshua Clover, University of California Press.
After, Jane Hirshfield, HarperCollins.
Angle of Yaw, Ben Lerner, Copper Canyon Press.
Splay Anthem, Nathaniel Mackey, New Directions.
Deconstruction of the Blues, Richard Silberg, Red Hen Press.

CHILDREN'S LITERATURE NOMINEES
American Born Chinese, Gene Luen Yang, First Second Books.
Probably the World's Best Story About a Dog and the Girl Who Loved Me, D. James Smith, Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books.
The Green Glass Sea, Ellen Klages, Viking Juvenile.
King Dork, Frank Portman, Delacorte Books for Young Readers.
Roar of a Snore, Marsha Diane Arnold, illustrated by Pierre Pratt, Dial.

SPECIAL AWARD IN PUBLISHING
Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace, edited by Maxine Hong Kingston, Koa Books.

FRED CODY AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
Printer and Publisher, Andrew Hoyem of Arion Press.