Los Angeles Times Book Prizes finalists announced

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Finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes were announced on Feb. 22. A total of 55 finalists were named in eleven categories.

In the Fiction category, three women writers were nominated: Lydia Millet, Zadie Smith, and Dana Spiotta.

Finalists in the First Fiction category include another trio of women: Sara Baume, Idra Novey, and Rebecca Schiff.

Strangely, The Girls by Emma Cline was nominated in the Mystery/Thriller category.

The prizes will be awarded on the evening of April 21, the night before the annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books begins at the University of Southern California.

Last year’s winners included Valeria Luiselli in Fiction for The Story of My Teeth and Chigozie Obioma in First Fiction for The Fishermen.


What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell

Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett

Sweet Lamb of Heaven by Lydia Millet

Swing Time by Zadie Smith

Innocents and Others by Dana Spiotta


Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume

The Whale: A Love Story by Mark Beauregard

The Nix by Nathan Hill

Ways to Disappear by Idra Novey

The Bed Moved by Rebecca Schiff



LA Times Book Awards nominees include Enright, Luiselli, Novic, Phillips and Coste Lewis

The Green Road  Story Of My Teeth  Girl at War

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.