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The LA Times Announces Book Prize Finalists

T.C. Boyle to receive 2014 Robert Kirsch Lifetime Achievement Award - peoplewhowrite

T.C. Boyle is the author of 25 books

The LA Times Book Prizes will award T.C. Boyle, author of 25 books of fiction, the Robert Kirsch Award for Lifetime Achievement, and LeVar Burton, the Innovators Award for inspiring generations of readers with classic children’s series Reading Rainbow. The finalists, named across ten genre categories, will find out if they have won at the awards ceremony on Saturday, April 18, in conjunction with the L.A. Times Festival of Books April 18-19.

The finalists are:

Biography
Adam Begley’s Updike
Robert M. Dowling’s Eugene O’Neill: A Life in Four Acts
Kirstin Downey’s Isabella: The Warrior Queen
Stephen Kotkin’s Stalin: Volume 1 – Paradoxes of Power 1878-1928
Andrew Roberts’ Napoleon: A Life

Current Interest
Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
Jeff Hobbs’ The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League
Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
Matt Taibbi’s The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap
Héctor Tobar’s Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free

Fiction
Donald Antrim’s The Emerald Light in the Air: Stories
Jesse Ball’s Silence Once Begun
Siri Hustvedt’s The Blazing World
Jenny Offill’s Dept. of Speculation
Helen Oyeyemi’s Boy, Snow, Bird

Graphic Novel
Roz Chast’s Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir
Jaime Hernandez’s The Love Bunglers
Mana Neyestani’s An Iranian Metamorphosis
Olivier Schrauwen’s Arsène Schrauwen
Mariko Tamaki (author) and Jillian Tamaki (illustrator) This One Summer

History
Judith Flanders’ The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens’ London
Mark Harris’ Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War
Walter Isaacson’s The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
Adam Tooze’s The Deluge: The Great War, America and the Remaking of the Global Order, 1916-1931
Lawrence Wright’s Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David

Mystery/Thriller
Tom Bouman’s Dry Bones in the Valley
Peter Heller’s The Painter
Laura Lippman’s After I’m Gone
Shawn Lawrence Otto’s Sins of Our Fathers
Peter Swanson’s The Girl With a Clock for a Heart

Poetry
Gillian Conoley’s Peace
Katie Ford’s Blood Lyrics: Poems
Peter Gizzi’s In Defense of Nothing: Selected Poems, 1987-2011
Fred Moten’s The Feel Trio
Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric

Science & Technology
Michael Benson’s Cosmigraphics: Picturing Space Through Time
Martin J. Blaser, MD’s Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics is Fueling Our Modern Plagues
Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate
Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
Christian Rudder’s Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking)

The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction
Diane Cook’s Man v. Nature: Stories
John Darnielle’s Wolf in White Van
Valeria Luiselli’s Faces in the Crowd
Eimear McBride’s A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing
David James Poissant’s The Heaven of Animals: Stories

Young Adult Literature
Paul Fleischman’s Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines
Candace Fleming’s The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia
E.K. Johnston’s The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim
Andrew Smith’s Grasshopper Jungle
Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming

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