Celebrate the Bay Area's vibrant literary scene! Th 38th Annual Northern California Book Awards recognizes the best published works of 2018 by Northern California authors at Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco. Poet and critic Sandra M. Gilbert will be presented with the Fred Cody Award for Lifetime Achievement and Service. Authors will read briefly from their winning books. "Meet and greet" reception and book signing with the authors will follow the Awards Ceremony in the Library's Latino/Hispanic Room. Nominated books will be available for purchase to benefit the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. Eligible books are divided into eight categories: Fiction, General Nonfiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Children's Literature (Young Readers and Older Readers), and Translation (Poetry and Prose). Northern California book reviewers and editors, members of the Northern California Book Reviewers, select the awards by reading the books and discussing their merits. All of the nominated books, the NCBR recommended reading list of books published in 2018, will be saluted and celebrated at the ceremony.