The 2007 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes have been announced. And there’s one name that’s conspicuously absent.
Young Stalin, by Simon Sebag Montefiore (Knopf)
Soldier’s Heart: Reading Literature through Peace and War at West Point, by Elizabeth D. Samet (Farrar)
Be Near Me, by Andrew O’Hagan (Harcourt)
Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction
The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears, by Dinaw Mengestu (Riverhead)
Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA, by Tim Weiner (Doubleday)
The Indian Bride, by Karin Fossum (Harcourt)
Old Heart: Poems, by Stanley Plumly (Norton)
Science & Technology
I Am a Strange Loop, by Douglas R. Hofstadter (Basic)
Young Adult Fiction
A Darkling Plain, by Philip Reeve (Eos)
2007 Robert Kirsch Award
Maxine Hong Kingston
If I were a gambling man, I would have picked The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao to win Fiction and A Long Way Gone to win Current Interest. But then again, they often do things differently on the Left Coast. Last year, for instance, they chose A Woman in Jerusalem over The Road. But I am positively delighted to see Be Near Me getting more recognition.