Cody Award

Cody Award

Outstanding Work

The Cody Award is presented by the Berkeley Public Library Foundation to honor outstanding work that shapes, broadens, and illuminates the literary landscape and supports the mission of public libraries. The award is named for Fred and Pat Cody, founders of Cody’s Books, and is presented at the Foundation’s  Authors Dinner.

2024 Cody Award


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Past Recipients


The Magnes

One of the world’s preeminent collections of Jewish art, culture, and history


Bay Area Book Festival

World-class literary event that brings attention to new and notable authors and gathers readers together for timely, meaningful discussions


Pegasus Books

Beloved community-oriented bookstore celebrating over 50 years in business


John and Helen Meyer

Sound system pioneers, steadfast champions of Berkeley’s library, arts, and culture


Steve Silberstein

Library innovator and philanthropist, developer of automated systems used in library systems around the world


Linda Schacht Gage

Library advocate, Authors Dinner founder and longtime chair, and renowned broadcast journalist


Donna Corbeil & the BPL Staff

Director of Library Services and staff, who oversaw the renovation on rebuilding of the neighborhood branch libraries


Berkeley Reads

Berkeley’s acclaimed adult and family literacy program, based in the Berkeley Public Library


Marion Abbott & Ann Leyhe

Founders of Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, Berkeley


Malcolm Margolin

Author, publisher, and founder of Heyday, an independent publisher focused on California cultures, landscapes, and ideas


Anna Rabkin

Author and the first president of the Berkeley Public Library Foundation


Alice Waters

Food activist, author, chef, and founder of Chez Panisse Restaurant and the Edible Schoolyard Project


Small Press Distribution

Nonprofit book distributor, supporting independent publishers and writers


Friends of the Berkeley Public Library

Member-supported nonprofit operating two used bookstores to help fund Berkeley’s public library programs and collections


Nolo Press

Publisher of how-to books on law and business


Pat Cody

Co-founder of Cody’s Books, Berkeley

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