OAKLAND -- Former Oakland Tribune reporter Scott Johnson's memoir "The Wolf and the Watchman: A Father, a Son, and the CIA" was named a finalist Wednesday for the National Book Award Longlist for Nonfiction.
In his memoir, Johnson tells how he was intrigued to learn when he was 14 that his father, Keith Johnson, was a CIA agent. The book explores Johnson's relationship with his father, his doubts, fears, and feelings of mistrust.
Johnson covered the effects of violence in Oakland for over two years at the Tribune while on a California Endowment fellowship.
The winner will be announced Nov. 20 at the National Book Awards ceremony in New York City.