Frank Portman, author of King Dork and Andromeda Klein

Michael Chabon’s collection of essays, Manhood for Amateurs, is up for a non-fiction award from the Northern California Book Reviewers, as well as the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association.

Chabon is one of a handful of Berkeley authors whose books have been singled out for praise.

Berkeley poet Kim Addonozio’s Lucifer at the Starlite is a nominee in the poetry category for the Northern California Book Awards, which are handed out by the book reviewers. Brenda Hillman’s Practical Water is also a nominee in the poetry category.

Marissa Moss’s Pharaoh’s Ghost Secret is a nominee in the children’s book category in the NCIBA competition. Punk rocker turned author Frank Portman’s Andromeda Klein is a nominee in the teen lit category.

The Northern California Book Awards, organized by a group of freelance book critics, will be handed out at the San Francisco Public Library on April 18.

Local booksellers around northern California will be voting for their favorite candidates via mail.

For a complete listing of the nominees for the Northern California Book Award, look here. The NCIBA only has a link to its home page, but then click on 2010 Book of the Year Finalist Ballot.

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Frances Dinkelspiel, Berkeleyside and CItyside co-founder, is a journalist and author. Her first book, Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman...