L. A. Times Book Prize Finalists

In keeping with the theme of award season I’m about to announce the nominees for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Winners will be announced April 19th at the USC campus.


The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War & Peace – H. W. Brands
The Passage of Power The Years of Lyndon Johnson – Robert Caro
A Difficult Woman: The Challenging Life of Lillian Hellman – Alice Kessler-Harris
The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life & Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy – David Nasaw
The One: The Life & Music of James Brown – R. J. Smith

Current Interest

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death & Hope in a Mumbai Undercity – Katherine Boo
Private Empire: ExxonMobile & American Power – Steve Coll
On Saudi Arabia: Its People, Pat, Religion, Faultlines & Future – Karen Elliot House
Nature Wars: The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards Into Battlegrounds – Jim Sterba
The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor – Jake Tapper


The Middlesteins – Jami Attenberg
Telegraph Avenue – Michael Chabon
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk – Ben Fountain
Arcadia – Lauren Groff
Magnificence – Lydia Millet

Graphic Novels/Comics

Are You My Mother? – Alison Bechdel
Everything Together: Collected Stories – Sammy Harkham
Cruisin’ With the Hound: The Life & Times of Fred Toote – Spain Rodriguez
Building Stories – Chris Ware


Roger Williams & the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State & the Birth of Liberty – John Barry
Empire of Shadows: The Epic Story of Yellowstone – George Black
America’s Great Debate: Henry Clay, Stephen A. Douglas & the Compromise That Preserved the Union – Fergus M. Bordewich
A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln & the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico – Amy S. Greenberg
Rule & Ruin: The Downfall of Moderation & the Destruction of the Republican Party from Eisenhower to the Tea Party – Richard Kabaservice


Poems 1962-2012 – Louise Gluck
The Ground: Poems – Rowan Ricardo Phillips
Useless Landscape or a Guide for Boys – D. A. Powell
Aerial – Bin Ramke
Gravesend – Cole Swensen

Science & Technology

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a world That Can’t Stop Talking – Susan Cain
Turing’s Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe – George Dyson
The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human – Johnathan Cotts-Chall
The Signal & the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail But Some Don’t – Nate Silver
Breasts: A Natural & Unnatural History – Florence Williams

The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction

Fobbit – David Abrams
The Natural Order of Things – Kevi. P. Keating
Shine, Shine, Shine – Lydia Netzer
Seating Arrangements – Maggie Shipstead
Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore – Robin Sloan


The Drowned Cities – Paolo Bacigalupl
Ask the Passengers – A. S. King
My Book of Life – Martine Leavitt
Boy 21 – Matthew Quick
Code Name Verity – Elizabeth Wein

Innovator’s Award – Margeret Atwood
Kirsch Award – Kevin Starr

Peace and luv!

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia


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