The event is the highlight of the eighth annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, one of the nation's premier public literary festivals and the largest of its kind on the West Coast.
The Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, established in 1980, recognize outstanding literary achievements in biography, current interest, history, poetry, science and technology, fiction, first fiction, mystery/thriller, and young adult fiction.
In addition, the Robert Kirsch Award annually recognizes the body of work of an author who resides in and/or whose work focuses on the Western United States. It is named after Robert Kirsch, The Times' book critic for more than 25 years prior to his death in 1980.
Presenting the nine category awards will be Gayle Anderson, Eric Lax, T. Jefferson Parker, George Plimpton, John Rechy, Dava Sobel, Ronald Steel, Susan Straight and Quincy Troupe. The Kirsch Award will be presented by author Jonathan Kirsch, son of the late book critic.
The 45 Book Prize finalists were announced March 7 at the National Arts Club in New York.
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Information about the Book Prize awards ceremony and awards program is available at http://www.latimes.com/bookprizes or by calling 1-800-LA TIMES, ext. 72366.
Book Prize Finalists
Gioconda Belli, "The Country under My Skin: A Memoir of Love and War" [translated from the original Spanish by Kristina Cordero with the author] (Alfred A. Knopf)
Robert A. Caro, "Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Vol. 3" (Alfred A. Knopf)
Daniel Ellsberg, "Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers" (Viking)
T.J. Stiles, " Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War" (Alfred A. Knopf)
Claire Tomalin, " Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self" (Alfred A. Knopf)
Timothy Ferris, "Seeing in the Dark: How Backyard Stargazers Are Probing Deep Space and Guarding Earth from Interplanetary Peril" (Simon & Schuster)
Judith Levine, "Harmful to Minors: The Perils of Protecting Children from Sex" ( University of Minnesota Press)