Sunday, March 07, 2004

LA Times Book Festival Nominees 

The shortlists were announced yesterday, and the awards will be given out at the annual Book Festival, held the weekend of April 24. One of these years, I'll have to trek out and go, because it looks like so much fun, and so many fantastic authors take part.

In fiction, the nominees are a very strong bunch:

Sherman Alexie, "Ten Little Indians: Stories"
Pete Dexter, "Train: A Novel"
Michelle Huneven, "Jamesland"
Jhumpa Lahiri, "The Namesake"
Tobias Wolff, "Old School: A Novel."

While on the crime fiction side, it's a little more eclectic with quite the international flavor:

Neil Gordon, "The Company You Keep"
Peter Lovesey, "The House Sitter"
Henning Mankell, "The Dogs of Riga: A Kurt Wallander Mystery" [translated from the Swedish by Laurie Thompson]
Rebecca Pawel, "Death of a Nationalist"
George P. Pelecanos, "Soul Circus: A Novel."

I'm confused how Gordon's book qualifies as crime fiction, to be honest--never marketed or promoted as such and few, if any, of the mystery bookshops stocked it. But what the hell. It's a great honor for debut novelist Pawel, and great to see the underrated Lovesey on the list. Soho Press should be quite chuffed.

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