The LA Times announced the list of nominees for their annual Book Prizes a couple of days ago. For a complete list of nominees, including links to reviews for some titles, click here. (Here’s my brief review of Blame, one of the fiction nominees.) There’s a new award this year: the Innovators Award. The first honoree is Dave Eggers (pictured above), prolific writer, publisher and literary activist. The awards are presented each year at the LA Times Festival of Books in late April at UCLA.
The PEN/Faulkner Award nominees are The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver, Homicide Survivors Picnic by Lorraine M. Lopez, War Dances by Sherman Alexie (his Flight was the Preface selection in Fall 2009), Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead and A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore. I loved Sag Harbor, am about halfway through Gate at the Stairs on audiobook, and Lacuna is on my to-read list. Lopez (below) is an native Angeleno (Angelena?) with a BA from CSU Northridge, who teaches at Vanderbilt University. Her book is a collection of short stories with multicultural characters.