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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 2:00 pm
LA Times Book Award Finalists!
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

The finalists in each of the 10 categories for the LA Times Book Prizes were announced today. The judges (one of whom is our own Donna Seaman!) will select one winner from each category to be announced on April 20th, so mark your calendars! Here are the finalists and and links to Booklist reviews where available.

Biography

Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned, by John A. Farrell
Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, by Manning Marable
Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman, by Robert K. Massie
Reading My Father, by Alexandra Styron
My Long Trip Home, by Mark Whitaker

Current Interest

Is That a Fish in Your Ear?: Translation and the Meaning of Everything, by David Bellos
El Narco: Inside Mexico’s Criminal Insurgency, by Ioan Grillo
Thinking Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman
Pakistan: A Hard Country, by Anatol Lieven
The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science and Fear, by Seth Mnookin

Fiction

Ghost Light, by Joseph O’Connor
The Cat’s Table, by Michael Ondaatje
The Buddha in the Attic, by Julie Otsuka
Binocular Vision, by Edith Pearlman
Luminarium, by Alex Shakar

Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction

The Art of Fielding, by Chad Harbach
Ten Thousand Saints, by Eleanor Henderson
Leaving the Atocha Station, by Ben Lerner
Shards, by Ismet Prcic
The Arriviste, by James Wallenstein

Graphic Novel

I Will Bite You! And Other Stories, by Joseph Lambert
Celluloid, by Dave McKean
Finder: Voice, by Carla Speed McNeil
Congress of the Animals, by Jim Woodring
Garden, by Yuichi Yokoyama

History

The Anatomy of a Moment: Thirty-Five Minutes in History and Imagination, by Javier Cercas
1861: The Civil War Awakening, by Adam Goodheart
To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918, by Adam Hochschild
Molotov’s Magic Lantern: A Journey in Russian History, by Rachel Polonsky
Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America, by Richard White

Mystery/Thriller

Started Early, Took My Dog, by Kate Atkinson
Plugged, by Eoin Colfer
11/22/1963, by Stephen King
Snowdrops, by A.D. Miller
The End of Wasp Season, by Denise Mina

Poetry

Songs of Unreason, by Jim Harrison
Discipline, by Dawn Lundy Martin
The Public Gardens, by Linda Norton
Double Shadow, by Carl Phillips
Devotions, by Bruce Smith

Science & Technology

A Hole at the Bottom of the Sea: The Race to Kill the BP Oil Gusher, by Joel Achenbach
The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood, by James Gleick
Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men, by Mara Hvistendahl
Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius, by Sylvia Nasar
Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution, by Holly Tucker

Young Adult Literature

Beauty Queens, by Libba Bray
The Big Crunch, by Pete Hautman
A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness
Life: An Exploded Diagram, by Mal Peet
The Scorpio Races, by Maggie Stiefvater

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