Gabrielle Selz’s Light on Fire: The Art and Life of Sam Francis has been awarded a silver medal in nonfiction in this year’s California Book Awards!
Founded in 1931 during the depths of America’s Great Depression, the Commonwealth Club’s California Book Awards will celebrated its 91st anniversary this year.
The purpose of the awards is to highlight the work of California authors – a praiseworthy goal at a time when the publishing industry (then and now) remains focused on East Coast writers.
Over the years, many of the most important voices in American literature, such as Joan Didion, Ishmael Reed, Amy Tan, Hector Tobar, and Viet Thanh Nguyen, have been honored with California Book Awards.
Light on Fire is a biography of the abstract expressionist painter Sam Francis, who was deeply rooted in California. Congratulations to Gaby for this great honor! You can read the list of this year’s winners here.