Women writers made a strong showing in the nominees for the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes announced today.
Nominated in the Fiction category were Anne Enright for The Green Road (W.W. Norton & Co.), Valeria Luiselli for The Story of My Teeth (Coffee House Press) and Helen Phillips for The Beautiful Bureaucrat (Henry Holt and Co.). The other two nominees are Adam Johnson, whose story collection Fortune Smiles (Random House) recently won the National Book Award, and James Hannaham for Delicious Foods (Little, Brown & Co.).
Sara Novic’s debut novel, Girl at War (Random House) [see my review here] was nominated for the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, along with Sarah Gerard’s Binary Star (Two Dollar Radio). The other nominees are Ben Metcalf, Chigozie Obioma and Andrew Roe.
Other women authors nominated include Charlotte DeCroes Jacobs for Jonas Salk: A Life (Oxford University Press) in the Biography category; Sarah Chayes for Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security (W.W. Norton & Co.) and Sandy Tolan for Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land (Bloomsbury USA) in the Current Interest category; Maggie Thrash’s Honor Girl (Candlewick) and Carol Tyler’s Soldier’s Heart: The Campaign to Understand My WWII Veteran Father: A Daughter’s Memoir (Fantagraphics) in the Graphic Novels/Comics category; Mary Beard for SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome (Liveright / W.W. Norton & Co.) in the History category; Beth Shapiro’s How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction (Princeton University Press) and Andrea Wulf’s The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World (Alfred A. Knopf) in the Science & Technology category; and Marilyn Nelson’s My Seneca Village (namelos) and Laura Amy Schlitz’s The Hired Girl (Candlewick) in Young Adult Literature.
The Poetry category was dominated by women, who took four of the five spots: Jorie Graham for From the World: Poems 1976-2014 (Ecco/HarperCollins), Robin Coste Lewis for Voyage of the Sable Venus (Alfred A. Knopf), Fiona Sze-Lorrain for The Ruined Elegance (Princeton University Press), and Jean Valentine for Shirt in Heaven (Copper Canyon Press).
The L.A. Times Book Prizes will be awarded on April 9, during the Times’ Festival of Books, held on the campus of the University of Southern California.