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Los Angeles Times Book Prizes: John Rechy, Glory Edim more

20 APRIL 2018 — friday

The Los Angeles Times Book Prizes present the nominees and announce the winners for this year's book prizes: ART SEIDENBAUM AWARD FOR FIRST FICTION: Elif Batuman, The Idiot; Rachel Khong, Goodbye, Vitamin; Carmen Maria Machado, Her Body and Other Parties; Gabriel Tallent, My Absolute Darling; Jenny Zhang, Sour Heart; BIOGRAPHY: Ron Chernow, Grant; Jonathan Eig, Ali: A Life; John A. Farrell, Richard Nixon: The Life; Adam Federman, Fasting and Feasting: The Life of Visionary Food Writer Patience Gray; Laura Dassow Walls, Henry David Thoreau: A Life; CURRENT INTEREST: Ta-Nehisi Coates, We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy; James Forman Jr., Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America; Nancy MacLean, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America; Lauren Markham, The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life; Rick Wartzman, The End of Loyalty: The Rise and Fall of Good Jobs in America; FICTION: Mohsin Hamid, Exit West; Victor LaValle, The Changeling; Claire Messud, The Burning Girl; Vivek Shanbhang, Srinath Perur (translator), Ghachar Ghochar; Jesmyn Ward, Sing, Unburied; GRAPHIC NOVEL/COMICS: Gabrielle Bell, Everything is Flammable; Manuele Fior, Jaime Richards (translator), The Interview; Leslie Stein, Present; Connor Willumsen, Anti-Gone; Yuichi Yokoyama, Iceland; HISTORY: Stephen Alford, London's Triumph: Merchants, Adventurers, and Money in Shakespeare's City; Mark Bowden, Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam; Dan Egan, The Death and Life of the Great Lakes; Frances Fitzgerald, The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America; Richard Rothstein, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America; MYSTERY/THRILLER: Michael Connelly, The Late Show; Paul La Farge, The Night Ocean; Attica Locke, Bluebird, Bluebird; Joyce Carol Oates, A Book of American Martyrs; Ivy Pochoda, Wonder Valley; POETRY: Alessandra Lynch, Daylily Called it A Dangerous Moment; Shane McCrae, In the Language of my Captor; Evie Shockley, semiautomatic; Patricia Smith, Incendiary Art: Poems; David Wojahn, For the Scribe; SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY: Cornelia Dean, Making Sense of Science: Separating Substance from Spin; Jennifer A. Doudna and Samuel H. Sternberg, A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution; Robert M. Sapolsky, Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst; Max Tegmark, Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence; Matthew Walker, Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams; YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE: E. Lockhart, Genuine Fraud; Jason Reynolds, Long Way Down; Dashka Slater, The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives; Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give; Renée Watson, Piecing Me Together; the winner of the ROBERT KIRSCH AWARD, John Rechy, will be honored, along with the INNOVATOR'S AWARD recipient Glory Edim, Well-Read Black Girl; and the CHRISTOPHER ISHERWOOD PRIZE FOR AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL PROSE recipient Benjamin Taylor, The Hue and Cry at Our House: A Year Remembered, Bovard Auditorium, University of Southern California campus, Los Angeles, free admission, get tickets in advance from the website, 7:00 (

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