Tuesday, April 27, 2004

I know this is shamefully slow reporting, but the winners of the LA Times Book Prizes have been announced:

Fiction: Pete Dexter, Train: A Novel (Doubleday)
Mystery/Thriller: George P. Pelecanos, Soul Circus: A Novel (Little, Brown)
First Fiction (The Art Seidenbaum Award): Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Doubleday)
History: Henry Wiencek, An Imperfect God: George Washington, His Slaves, and the Creation of America (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Biography: Neil Smith, American Empire: Roosevelt’s Geographer and the Prelude to Globalization (University of California Press)
Current Interest: Ross Terrill, The New Chinese Empire -- And What It Means for the United States (Basic Books)
Poetry: Anthony Hecht, Collected Later Poems (Alfred A. Knopf)
Science and Technology: Philip J. Hilts, Protecting America’s Health: The FDA, Business, and One Hundred Years of Regulation (Alfred A. Knopf)
Young Adult Fiction: Jennifer Donnelly, A Northern Light (Harcourt Children’s Books)

Nice to see a win for George Pelecanos; a great shame that Tobias Wolff's Old School didn't win for Fiction. I admit to not having actually read the victor but unless it is unutterably superb, as I said earlier a crime against literature has been comitted. Oh, and Mark Haddon triumphs again. Who'd have guessed it?

Also, the shortlist for the Orange Prize for Ladies (sorry, Women) has been revealed today:

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (Bloomsbury)
The Great Fire by Shirley Hazzard (Virago)
Small Island by Andrea Levy (Review)
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Fourth Estate)
Ice Road by Gillian Slovo (Little, Brown)
The Colour by Rose Tremain (Chatto & Windus)

It's a shame that Notes on A Scandal hasn't made it, because it is quite superb, but at least Oryx and Crake did, and that is even better, so I am placated. Roll on June 8th.

(As a point of interest, one of this year's judges is Minette Walters - no stranger to awards herself.)

And next, The Edgars...