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Monday, April 28, 2008 1:53 pm
The L.A. Times Book Prizes: A Terrible Blow for Oscar Wao
Posted by: Keir Graff

The 2007 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes have been announced. And there’s one name that’s conspicuously absent.

Biography

Young Stalin, by Simon Sebag Montefiore (Knopf)

Current Interest

Soldier’s Heart: Reading Literature through Peace and War at West Point, by Elizabeth D. Samet (Farrar)

Fiction

Be Near Me, by Andrew O’Hagan (Harcourt)

Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction

The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears, by Dinaw Mengestu (Riverhead)

History

Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA, by Tim Weiner (Doubleday)

Mystery/Thriller

The Indian Bride, by Karin Fossum (Harcourt)

Poetry

Old Heart: Poems, by Stanley Plumly (Norton)

Science & Technology

I Am a Strange Loop, by Douglas R. Hofstadter (Basic)

Young Adult Fiction

A Darkling Plain, by Philip Reeve (Eos)

2007 Robert Kirsch Award

Maxine Hong Kingston

If I were a gambling man, I would have picked The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao to win Fiction and A Long Way Gone to win Current Interest. But then again, they often do things differently on the Left Coast. Last year, for instance, they chose A Woman in Jerusalem over The Road. But I am positively delighted to see Be Near Me getting more recognition.


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