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September 11, 1994
This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. The nominees in each category are listed below; winners will be announced in late September. FICTION WHILE ENGLAND SLEEPS, by David Leavitt (Viking) REMEMBERING BABYLON, by David Malouf (Pantheon Books) THE HOLDER OF THE WORLD, by Bharati Mukherjee (Alfred A. Knopf) THE SOLOIST, by Mark Salzman (Random House) THE RIFLES, by William T.
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April 11, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
The 34th annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes were awarded Friday night at USC's Bovard Auditorium. The winners in 10 categories included a first-generation Chinese American, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and one of the bestselling authors of all time (sort of). Not all the winners were present to accept their awards -- the mystery/thriller prize went to “The Cuckoo's Calling” by Robert Galbraith, a once-secret pseudonym of J.K. Rowling. The mega-bestselling author of the Harry Potter series is notoriously private and did not attend.
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September 5, 1993 | MARJORIE LEWELLYN MARKS, Marjorie Lewellyn Marks is manager of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes and a contributing author of "Life Guidance Through Literature" (American Library Assn.)
MY ALEXANDRIA Poems by Mark Doty (University of Illinois Press). Doty's third volume, selected by Philip Levine for the 1993 National Poetry Series, is built around impermanence and doom, and though AIDS is a pervasive metaphor, the crystalline sensibility and breathtaking beauty of these poems is redemptive (on several levels) rather than depressive.
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April 4, 2014 | By Gwenda Bond
John Green's career as a book world phenom began auspiciously: His funny but tragic 2005 debut novel, "Looking for Alaska," became a cult young adult hit and landed the American Library Assn.'s Printz Award for YA novel of the year. This was followed by 2006's "An Abundance of Katherines," a heavily footnoted romantic comedy shortlisted for the Printz and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and 2008's "Paper Towns," which nabbed an Edgar Award. But it was 2012's "The Fault in Our Stars," featuring a heart-wrenching romance between intellectual teen cancer patients that cemented Green's status as a YA superstar.
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April 20, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Atwood will appear at the Festival of Books in conversation with Michael Silverblatt at 11 a.m. on Saturday. More information: latimes.com/festivalofbooks If you want a sense of how Margaret Atwood operates, you could do a lot worse than to watch her keynote address at the 2011 O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference in New York. "This is not the kind of thing I usually do," the author begins, speaking in a quiet deadpan, before stepping from behind a podium and moving to the lip of the stage.
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April 19, 2013 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
Ben Fountain's satire "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" was named the winner of the L.A. Times 2012 book prize for fiction on Friday night at a ceremony in Los Angeles. Katherine Boo's "Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity" took the prize in the current interest category. The complete list of winners: --Biography: Robert Caro, "The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson " (Knopf) --Current Interest: Katherine Boo, "Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity" (Random House)
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April 19, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
The 33rd annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes will be presented in a public ceremony Friday night at USC's Bovard Auditorium. The awards are given in 10 categories, including biography, current interest, first fiction and adult literature. In addition, the winners of two prizes, announced in February, will be honored: the Canadian novelist and essayist Margaret Atwood, who will receive the 2012 Innovator's Award for her efforts to push narrative form; and the California historian Kevin Starr, who will receive the 2012 Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement.
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April 12, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
Asking Kevin Starr a question is like turning on a fire hose. First there's a blast of erudition. Then, as his intellect gathers, information rushes out in a deluge. He's talking, but it's as if an invisible scholar inside his head is yanking books off shelves, throwing them open, checking the index, then racing off to find the next volume. On the outside, Starr is an avuncular 72-year-old, but his brain is sprinting like an Olympian. Amazingly, it's possible to keep up. This may be Starr's greatest gift: not just that he has amassed a phenomenal body of knowledge but that he can translate it into dynamic works of history.
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April 21, 2012 | Martha Groves
Alex Shakar's novel "Luminarium," about the role technology and spirituality play in shaping people's reality, and Stephen King's "11/22/1963," about a time traveler who attempts to prevent John F. Kennedy's assassination, were among the winners Friday at the 32nd annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. The awards to Shakar in the fiction category and to King in mystery-thrillers were among 12 presented at USC's Bovard Auditorium in a ceremony that launched this weekend's Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at the campus.
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April 17, 2011 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
— Ramona Quimby is everywhere. She's outside the front door of Beverly Cleary's retirement community apartment, on a poster that proclaims: "Libraries are forever!" She's on a sideboard in the living room, in the form of a life-size bust, hair wild and face cut into the shape of a grin. Most important, she's on the bookshelf in Cleary's neat, spare bedroom, along with the author's other books, 40 or so of them, the work of half a century. Asked which is her favorite character, the 95-year-old doesn't hesitate.
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April 25, 2009 | Jessica Garrison
Marilynne Robinson took the top fiction prize Friday for her novel "Home," and Barton Gellman the current interest award for his book on Dick Cheney's vice presidency at the 29th annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. Robert Alter, a UC Berkeley professor and author of 22 works on the Bible, literary modernism and contemporary Hebrew literature, had earlier been named the recipient of the Robert Kirsch Award, given annually to a living author "with a substantial connection to the American West."
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March 3, 2009 | Carolyn Kellogg
Robert Alter, a UC Berkeley professor and author of 22 works on the Bible, literary modernism and contemporary Hebrew literature, will be the 29th recipient of the Robert Kirsch Award when the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes are presented April 24. The Kirsch is a lifetime achievement honor named for a past L.A. Times book critic. The Times Book Prizes honor 45 nominees in nine categories. Here is a complete list: Biography H.W.
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