21 February 2012

Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalists

The finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes were announced this morning:

  • Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned by John A. Farrell (Doubleday)
  • Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable (Viking)
  • Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie (Random House)
  • Reading My Father: A Memoir by Alexandra Styron (Scribner)
  • My Long Trip Home by Mark Whitaker (Simon & Schuster)

Current Interest
  • Is That a Fish in Your Ear? Translation and the Meaning of Everything by David Bellos (Faber & Faber/Farrar, Straus & Giroux) 
  • El Narco: Inside Mexico's Criminal Insurgency by Ioan Grillo (Bloomsbury Press)  
  • Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) 
  • The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science and Fear by Seth Mnookin (Simon & Schuster)

  • Ghost Light by Joseph O'Connor (Frances Coady Book/Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
  • The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje (Knopf)
  • The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka (Knopf)
  • Binocular Vision: New & Selected Stories by Edith Pearlman (Lookout Books/University of North Carolina Wilmington)
  • Luminarium by Alex Shakar (SoHo Press)

The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction
  • The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach (Little, Brown)
  • Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson (Ecco/HarperCollins)
  • Leaving the Atocha Station by Ben Lerner (Coffee House Press)
  • Shards by Ismet Prcic (Grove Press, Black Cat)
  • The Arriviste by James Wallenstein (Milkweed Editions)

Graphic Novel
  • I Will Bite You! And Other Stories by Joseph Lambert (Secret Acres)
  • Celluloid by Dave McKean (Fantagraphics)
  • Finder: Voice by Carla Speed McNeil (Dark Horse)
  • Congress of the Animals by Jim Woodring (Fantagraphics)
  • Garden by Yuichi Yokoyama (PictureBox)

  • The Anatomy of a Moment: Thirty-Five Minutes in History and Imagination by Javier Cercas (Bloomsbury Press)
  • 1861: The Civil War Awakening by Adam Goodheart (Knopf)
  • To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 by Adam Hochschild (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • Molotov's Magic Lantern: A Journey in Russian History by Rachel Polonsky (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
  • Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America by Richard White (W.W. Norton)

  • Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson (Reagan Arthur Books/Hachette Book Group)
  • Plugged by Eoin Colfer (Overlook Press)
  • 11/22/63 by Stephen King (Scribner)
  • Snowdrops: A Novel by A.D. Miller (Doubleday)
  • The End of Wasp Season by Denise Mina (Reagan Arthur Books/Hachette Book Group)

  • Songs of Unreason by Jim Harrison (Copper Canyon Press)
  • Discipline by Dawn Lundy Martin (Nightboat Books)
  • The Public Gardens by Linda Norton (Pressed Wafer)
  • Double Shadow: Poems by Carl Phillips (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
  • Devotions by Bruce Smith (University of Chicago Press)

Science & Technology
  • A Hole at the Bottom of the Sea: The Race to Kill the BP Oil Gusher by Joel Achenbach (Simon & Schuster)
  • The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood by James Gleick (Pantheon)
  • Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men by Mara Hvistendahl (PublicAffairs)
  • Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius by Sylvia Nasar (Simon & Schuster)
  • Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution by Holly Tucker (W.W. Norton)

Young Adult Literature
  • Beauty Queens by Libba Bray (Scholastic Press)
  • The Big Crunch by Pete Hautman (Scholastic Press)  
  • A Monster Calls: Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd by Patrick Ness (Candlewick Press)
  • Life: An Exploded Diagram by Mal Peet (Candlewick Press)
  • The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic Press)

The Robert Kirsch Award for significant contribution to American letters
  • Rudolfo Anaya  

The Innovator's Award
  • Figment (a collaborative digital writing community for teens)

The awards will be presented on the evening of Friday, April 20th, 2012.

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