LA Times Book Prize Finalists

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.

Fortunes Fool The Life of John Wilkes BoothBiography

Fortune’s Fool: The Life of John Wilkes Booth, by Terry Alford
Jonas Salk: A Life, by Charlotte DeCroes Jacobs


Beautiful Bureaucrat, by Helen Phillips
Delicious Foods, by James Hannaham
Fortune Smiles, by Adam Johnson
The Green Road, by Anne Enright
The Story of My Teeth, by Valeria Luiselli and translated by Christina MacSweeney

Dark Places of the Earth The Voyage of the Slave Ship AntelopeHistory

Killing a King: The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and the Remaking of Israel, by Dan Ephron
SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome, by Mary Beard

Mystery / Thriller

Bull Mountain, by Brian Panowich
The Cartel, by Don Winslow
The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen
The Whites, by Richard Price

The Boy in the Black SuitYoung Adult Literature



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