Professor Anne Nesbet receives California Book Award Gold Medal

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June 7, 2017

Associate Professor in Film & Media Studies, Anne Nesbet, has been selected to receive the 2016 California Book Award gold medal for her historical novel for young readers, Cloud and Wallfish

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"Anne Nesbet joins an illustrious list of UC Berkeley professors to receive a California Book Award gold medal, and is the first to earn the honor for a work of fiction.

Officials with the Commonwealth Club of California will present their annual awards on June 12 to Golden State writers in the areas of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and Californiana. The 2016 gold medal in juvenile fiction will go to Nesbet, an associate professor of Slavic languages and literatures and of film and media studies, for Cloud and Wallfish, a historical novel for young readers ages 8 to 14 that is set in East Berlin in 1989.

She said she hopes the California Book Award — along with the American Library Association’s selection of Cloud and Wallfish as one of its “notable books for children” — helps to “legitimize artistic work on campus,” and expands awareness about the importance of creativity not just in the arts and humanities but across the sciences too."