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    Here are the finalists for the 2020-21 L.A. Times Book Prize.

    Rasheeda Saka

    March 2, 2021, 11:39am

    Today the Los Angeles Times announced the finalists for its 2020-21 Book Prize, which recognizes and honors outstanding literary work published in the last year.

    The 55 finalists were selected across 11 categories—Biography, Current Interest, Fiction, Graphic Novels/Comics, History, Mystery/Thriller, Poetry, Science & Technology, First Fiction, Science & Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, and Young Adult Literature—and the winners will be announced in a live-streamed virtual ceremony on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter on April 16, the day before the 26th Los Angeles Times Festival of Books kicks off its second virtual event during the ongoing pandemic.

    Congrats to all!


    2020-21 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalists


    Les Payne and Tamara Payne, The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X

    Heather Clark, Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath

    Blake Gopnik, Warhol

    David Michaelis, Eleanor

    William Souder, Mad at the World: A Life of John Steinbeck



    Brittany K. Barnett, A Knock at Midnight: A Story of Hope, Justice, and Freedom

    Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, The Undocumented Americans

    Christine Montross, Waiting for an Echo: The Madness of American Incarceration

    Jacob Soboroff, Separated: Inside An American Tragedy

    Isabel Wilkerson, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents



    Peter Cameron, What Happens at Night

    David Diop (trans., Anna Moschovakis), At Night All Blood is Black

    Akwaeke Emezi, The Death of Vivek Oji

    Danielle Evans, The Office of Historical Corrections: A Novella and Stories

    Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Likes



    Yeon-sik Hong (trans., Janet Hong), Umma’s Table

    Kaito, Blue Flag (Vol. 1-4)

    Ben Passmore, Sports Is Hell

    Bishakh Som, Apsara Engine

    Jim Terry, Come Home, Indio: A Memoir



    Alice L. Baumgartner, South to Freedom: Runaway Slaves to Mexico and the Road to the Civil War

    Adam Goodman, The Deportation Machine: America’s Long History of Expelling Immigrants

    Walter Johnson, The Broken Heart of America: St. Louis and the Violent History of the United States

    Martha S. Jones, Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All

    David Vine, The United States of War: A Global History of America’s Endless Conflicts, From Columbus to the Islamic State



    Christopher Bollen, A Beautiful Crime

    S.A. Cosby, Blacktop Wasteland

    Jennifer Hillier, Little Secrets: A Novel

    Rachel Howzell Hall, And Now She’s Gone

    Ivy Pochoda, These Women: A Novel



    Victoria Chang, Obit

    Anthony Cody, Borderland Apocrypha

    Natalie Diaz, Postcolonial Love Poem

    Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, The Age of Phillis

    Nikky Finney, Love Child’s Hotbed of Occasional Poetry: Poems and Artifacts



    Brian Christian, The Alignment Problem: Machine Learning and Human Values

    Lulu Miller, Why Fish Don’t Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life

    Ainissa Ramirez, The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another

    Sara Seager, The Smallest Lights in the Universe: A Memoir

    Patrik Svensson, The Book of Eels: Our Enduring Fascination with the Most Mysterious Creature in the Natural World



    Douglas Stuart, Shuggie Bain

    Maisy Card, These Ghosts Are Family: A Novel

    Meng Jin, Little Gods

    Deesha Philyaw, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies

    Shruti Swamy, A House is a Body: Stories



    Susanna Clarke, Piranesi

    Megan Giddings, Lakewood: A Novel

    Stephen Graham Jones, The Only Good Indians

    N.K. Jemisin, The City We Became: A Novel

    Aoko Matsuda (trans., Polly Barton), Where the Wild Ladies Are



    Dean Atta, The Black Flamingo

    Tracy Deonn, Legendborn

    Yusef Salaam and Ibi Zoboi, Punching the Air

    Karen Schneemann and Lily Williams, Go With the Flow

    Allan Wolf, The Snow Fell Three Graves Deep: Voices From the Donner Party

    [h/t L.A. Times]

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