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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:


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


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


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)


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)


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.



About the Author:

Keir Graff is Executive Editor of Booklist Publications and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix (2011). Follow him on Twitter at @Booklist_Keir.

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