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Tommy Orange

Los Angeles Times Book Prizes: Tommy Orange, Tayari Jones, more

12 APRIL 2019 — friday

The Los Angeles Times Book Prizes present the nominees and announce the winners for this year's awards: ART SEIDENBAUM AWARD FOR FIRST FICTION: Katya Apekina, The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish; Lisa Halliday, Asymmetry; R. O. Kwon, The Incendiaries: A Novel; Tommy Orange, There There: A Novel; Nafissa Thompson-Spires, Heads of the Colored People: Stories; BIOGRAPHY: David W. Blight, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom; Seymour M. Hersh, Reporter: A Memoir; Victoria Johnson, American Eden: David Hosack, Botany and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic; Bob Spitz, Reagan: An American Journey; Tara Westover, Educated: A Memoir; CURRENT INTEREST: Francisco Cantu, The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border; John Carreyrou, Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup; Michael Lewis, The Fifth Risk; Michelle Obama, Becoming; Susan Orlean, The Library Book; FICTION: Esi Edugyan, Washington Black; Abby Geni, The Wildlands: A Novel; Tayari Jones, An American Marriage: A Novel; Rebecca Makkai, The Great Believers: A Novel; Michael Ondaatje, Warlight: A Novel; GRAPHIC NOVEL/COMICS: Remy Boydell/ Michelle Perez, The Pervert; Eleanor Davis, Why Art?; Aisha Franz, Shit is Real; Jerome Ruillier, The Strange; Tillie Walden, On A Sunbeam; HISTORY: Julia Boyd, Travelers In the Third Reich: The Rise of Fascism 1919-1945; J.H. Elliott, Scots & Catalans Union & Disunion; Ruby Lal, Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan; Miriam Pawel, The Browns of California: The Family Dynasty that Transformed a State and Shaped a Nation; Priya Satia, Empire of Guns: The Violent Making of the Industrial Revolution; MYSTERY/THRILLER: Megan Abbott, Give Me Your Hand; Kent Anderson, Green Sun; Lou Berney, November Road: A Novel; Oyinkan Braithwaite, My Sister, The Serial Killer: A Novel; Leila Slimani, The Perfect Nanny: A Novel; POETRY: Jos Charles, Feeld; Terrance Hayes, American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assasin; Diana Khoi Nguyen, Ghost of; Carl Phillips, Wild is the Wind: Poems; Diane Seuss, Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl: Poems; SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY: Mona Hanna-Attisha, What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City; Marcia Bjornerud, Timefulness: How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save the World; Rose George, Nine Pints: A Journey Through the Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of Blood; Eliza Griswold, Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America; Beth Macy, Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America; YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE: Elizabeth Acevedo, The Poet X; Kelly Loy Gilbert, Picture Us in the Light; Claire Hartfield, A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919; Jarrett Krosoczka, Hey, Kiddo!; Emily X.R. Pan, The Astonishing Color of After: A Novel; the winner of the ROBERT KIRSCH AWARD, Terry Tempest Williams, will be honored, along with the INNOVATOR'S AWARD recipient Library of America; and the CHRISTOPHER ISHERWOOD PRIZE FOR AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL PROSE recipient Kiese Laymon, Heavy: An American, Bovard Auditorium, University of Southern California campus, Los Angeles, $10-$50, advance tickets available from website, 7:00 (

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26 FEBRUARY 2020 — wednesday

  • Marcia Chatelain, South Side Girls: Growing up in the Great Migration, discusses her new book, Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America, on the untold history of the relationship between fast food and black wealth in America, in conversation with Allyson Hobbs, A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life, in partnership with MoAD and Green Apple Books, JCCSF, 3200 California Street, San Francisco, $20/members ten percent off, 7:00 (415/292-1200,

27 FEBRUARY 2020 — thursday

  • Gatsby's Literary Women Book Club, new members welcome, every fourth Thursday, Gatsby Books, 5535 E. Spring Street, Long Beach, 7:00 (562/208-5862,
  • Poetry reading by Scott Charles, Soft Water, open mic to follow, hosted by Phil Taggart, Ventura County Poet Laureate, EP Foster Library, Topping Room, 651 E. Main Street, Ventura, free, 7:30 (

28 FEBRUARY 2020 — friday

29 FEBRUARY 2020 — saturday

  • Cafe Society presents Jenny Odell, multi-disciplinary artist, on her recent book, How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy, Kaleidoscope Coffee, 109 Park Place, Point Richmond, 7:00-9:00 (
  • The Ellyn Maybe Band, a poetry/music group formed in 2010, who have performed across the U.S and Europe, presents Ellyn Maybe's Poetry Rodeo, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $10/$6 students/seniors, free for members, 8:00 (
  • Saturday Night Special, An East Bay Open Mic, monthly literary reading series, bring on/off theme poems, stories, comedy sketches, songs, or dances, three-minute maximum, two featured readers to be announced, theme to be announced at the end of the January reading, hosted by Hollie Hardy and Tomas Moniz, last Saturday of every month, Nick's Lounge, 3218 Adeline Street, Berkeley, 21+, free but one drink minimum, cash only, sign up 7:00, show 7:00-9:30 (510/652-NICK,

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