The Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalists were announced Tuesday, February 23. This year, two authors will be honored, Juan Felipe Herrera, with the Robert Kirsch Award for his literary contributions and work in multiple artistic forms, and James Patterson, who will receive the Innovator’s Award for his service to libraries, booksellers, and young readers. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on April 9. Below is an abbreviated list of the finalists with Booklist reviews linked when available. To see all titles, visit the LA Times website.
Fortune’s Fool: The Life of John Wilkes Booth, by Terry AlfordJonas Salk: A Life, by Charlotte DeCroes JacobsListening to Stone: The Art and Life of Isamu Noguchi, by Hayden HerreraMary McGrory The First Queen of Journalism, by John NorrisYoung Orson: The Years of Luck and Genius on the Path to Citizen Kane, by Patrick McGilligan
Beautiful Bureaucrat, by Helen PhillipsDelicious Foods, by James HannahamFortune Smiles, by Adam JohnsonThe Green Road, by Anne EnrightThe Story of My Teeth, by Valeria Luiselli and translated by Christina MacSweeney
Dark Places of the Earth: The Voyage of the Slave Ship Antelope, by Jonathan M. BryantKilling a King: The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and the Remaking of Israel, by Dan EphronOnce in a Great City: A Detroit Story, by David MaranissSPQR: A History of Ancient Rome, by Mary Beard
Mystery / Thriller
Bull Mountain, by Brian PanowichThe Cartel, by Don WinslowThe Long and Faraway Gone, by Lou BerneyThe Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh NguyenThe Whites, by Richard Price
Young Adult Literature
The Boy in the Black Suit, by Jason ReynoldsDrowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans, by Don BrownThe Hired Girl, by Laura Amy SchlitzMost Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War, by Steve SheinkinMy Seneca Village, by Marilyn Nelson