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    The L.A. Times announces its 2019 Book Prize finalists and a new award for science fiction.

    Katie Yee

    February 19, 2020, 12:41pm

    It’s an exciting year for the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes! This will be its 40th year of celebrating the literary community. The Times announced their 2019 Book Prize finalists today; the winners will be announced at a ceremony in Los Angeles on April 17th.

    Additionally, bestselling crime novelist Walter Mosley (best known for his Easy Rawlins mysteries and author of the forthcoming Trouble Is What I Do) will be honored with the 2019 Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement. Emily Bernard (author of the essay collection Black Is the Body)will be awarded the Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose. This year’s Innovator’s Award will go to WriteGirl, a vital mentorship program that matches working professionals with teenage girls to encourage empowerment through writing. This is also the inaugural year for the Ray Bradbury Prize for Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Speculative Fiction, which will honor Ray Bradbury’s legacy by championing groundbreaking writers in his field today. (Woohoo!)

    Congratulations to all the finalists:


    Maria Gainza, Optic Nerve

    Lila Savage, Say Say Say

    Lila Savage, Say Say Say

    Namwali Serpell, The Old Drift
    (Hogarth Press)

    Marilou Is Everywhere

    Sarah Elaine Smith, Marilou Is Everywhere

    De'Shawn Charles Winslow, In West Mills (June 4)

    De’Shawn Charles Winslow, In West Mills




    Tash Aw, We, the Survivors

    stay and fight ffitch

    Madeline Ffitch, Stay and Fight

    Ben Lerner, The Topeka School

    Ben Lerner, The Topeka School

    Maaze Mengiste, The Shadow King

    Maaza Mengiste, The Shadow King
    (W. W. Norton)

    Colson Whitehead, The Nickel Boys

    Colson Whitehead, The Nickel Boys



    Steph Cha, Your House Will Pay

    Steph Cha, Your House Will Pay
    (Ecco Press)

    Michael Connelly, The Night Fire
    (Little, Brown and Company)

    The Lost Man_Jane Harper

    Jane Harper, The Lost Man

    Laura Lippman, Lady in the Lake

    Laura Lippman, Lady In the Lake
    (William Morrow)

    Attica Locke, Heaven My Home

    Attica Locke, Heaven, My Home
    (Mulholland Books)



    The Club_Leo Damrosch

    Leo Damrosch, The Club
    (Yale University Press)

    Our Man_George Packer

    George Packer, Our Man

    Fay Wray and Robert Riskin_Victoria Riskin

    Victoria Riskin, Fay Wray and Robert Riskin

    Yuval Taylor, Zora and Langston: A Story of Friendship and Betrayal, W. W. Norton; design by Steve Attardo, art by Juan Fuentes (March 26, 2019)

    Yuval Taylor, Zora and Langston
    (W. W. Norton)

    Sandra Day O'Connor

    Evan Thomas, First: Sandra Day O’Connor
    (Random House)



    The Dreamt Land_Mark Arax

    Mark Arax, The Dreamt Land

    Charged_Emily Bazelon

    Emily Bazelon, Charged
    (Random House)

    Catch and Kill_Ronan Farrow

    Ronan Farrow, Catch and Kill
    (Little, Brown and Company)

    Dina Nayeri, The Ungrateful Refugee

    Dina Nayeri, The Ungrateful Refugee

    No Visible Bruises

    Rachel Louise Snyder, No Visible Bruises



    Reginald Dwayne Betts, Felon
    (W. W. Norton)

    Ilya Kaminsky, Deaf Republic

    Ilya Kaminsky, Deaf Republic
    (Graywolf Press)

    Sally Wen Mao, Oculus
    (Graywolf Press)

    Mary Ruefle, Dunce

    Mary Ruefle, Dunce
    (Wave Books)

    Carmen Giménez Smith, Be Recorder

    Carmen Gimenez Smith, Be Recorder
    (Graywolf Press)



    Bottle of Lies_Katherine Eban

    Katherine Eban, Bottle of Lies
    (Ecco Press)

    Midnight in Chernobyl_Adam Higginbotham

    Adam Higginbotham, Midnight in Chernobyl
    (Simon & Schuster)

    Invisible Women_Caroline Criado Perez

    Caroline Criado Perez, Invisible Women
    (Harry N. Abrams)

    Figuring_Maria Popova

    Maria Popova, Figuring

    Superior_Angela Saini

    Angela Saini, Superior: The Return of Race Science
    (Beacon Press)



    exhalation_ted chiang

    Ted Chiang, Exhalation

    This Is How You Lose the Time War_Max Gladstone

    Max Gladstone, This Is How You Lose the Time War
    (Gallery/Saga Press)

    Brian Evenson, Song for the Unraveling of the World (Coffee House)

    Brian Evenson, Song for the Unraveling of the World
    (Coffee House Press)

    marlon james, black leopard red wolf

    Marlon James, Black Leopard, Red Wolf

    Namwali Serpell, The Old Drift
    (Hogarth Press)

    [via Los Angeles Times]

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