L.A. Times Book Awards finalists announced


Finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Awards were announced this morning. The awards will be given out at a ceremony the night before the weekend-long L.A. Times Festival of Books, which will be held April 13-14 on the campus of USC.

The Fiction finalists are:

Esi Edugyan, Washington Black

Abby Geni, The Wildlands

Tayari Jones, An American Marriage

Rebecca Makkai, The Great Believers

Michael Ondaatje, Warlight

The finalists for the First Fiction award are:

Katya Apekina, The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish

Lisa Halliday, Asymmetry

R.O. Kwon, The Incendiaries

Tommy Orange, There There

Nafissa Thompson-Spires, Heads of the Colored People: Stories

The Poetry finalists are:

Jos Charles, Feeld

Terrance Hayes, American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin

Diana Khoi Nguyen, Ghost Of

Carl Phillips, Wild Is the Wind

Diane Seuss, Still Life With Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl

Kiese Laymon, whose Heavy: An American Memoir just won the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, will receive the Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose.

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