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L.A. Times Book Prizes: The Road Not Taken

The Los Angeles Times Book Prizes have been awarded (“Los Angeles Times Book Prizes awarded,” by Josh Getlin, Los Angeles Times). (I wrote it that way on purpose and it’s even more redundant than I ever dreamed.) And, yes, they do things differently on the Left Coast:

Fiction

A Woman in Jerusalem, by A. B. Yehoshua, translated by Hillel Halkin (Harcourt)

Biography

Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination, by Neal Gabler (Knopf) 

History

The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, by Lawrence Wright (Knopf)

Current Interest

Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance, by Ian Buruma (Penguin)

Mystery/Thriller

Echo Park, by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown)

Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction

White Ghost Girls, by Alice Greenway (Black Cat/Grove/Atlantic)

Young Adult Fiction

Tyrell, by Coe Booth (Push/Scholastic)

Science and Technology

In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind, by Eric R. Kandel (Norton)

Poetry

Ooga-Booga, by Frederick Seidel (Farrar) 

Robert Kirsch Award for Lifetime Achievement

William Kittredge

Aside from The Looming Tower and Echo Park, I wouldn’t say there’s an obvious or expected pick in the bunch (what, they didn’t read The Road?). But good for them for not dreaming up some reason to honor Philip Roth.

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About the Author:

Keir Graff is the editor of Booklist Online and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix.

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