1999 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalists

Here are the finalists for the 1999 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. Now in their 20th year, the prizes acknowledge remarkable achievement in eight categories of writing, ranging from fiction and young adult fiction to science and technology. The winners, as well as the recipient of the Robert Kirsch Award (which honors the body of work of a writer living in and / or writing about the American West), will be named in a public ceremony at UCLA’s Royce Hall on April 29. General admission is $10.

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The Book Prize ceremony will highlight the fifth annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, which will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30, on the UCLA campus.



“Freedom Song: Three Novels” by Amit Chaudhuri (Alfred A. Knopf)

“Plainsong” by Kent Haruf (Alfred A. Knopf)

“House of Sand and Fog” by Andre Dubus III (W.W. Norton)

“Waiting” by Ha Jin (Pantheon)

‘Close Range: Wyoming Stories” by Annie Proulx (Scribner).


“My Grandfather’s House: A Genealogy of Doubt and Faith” by Robert Clark (Picador USA)


“Byron: Child of Passion, Fool of Fame” by Benita Eisler (Alfred A. Knopf)

“Walt Whitman: The Song of Himself” by Jerome Loving (University of California Press)

“Rembrandt’s Eyes” by Simon Schama (Alfred A. Knopf)

“Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette” by Judith Thurman (Alfred A. Knopf).


“A Border Passage: From Cairo to America--A Woman’s Journey” by Leila Ahmed (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

“Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War” by Mark Bowden (Atlantic Monthly Press)

“Sidewalk” by Mitchell Duneier, photographs by Ovie Carter (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

“Chosen by God: Brother’s Journey” by Joshua Hammer (Hyperion)

‘An Affair of State: The Investigation, Impeachment and Trial of President Clinton” by Richard Posner (Harvard University Press).


“By the Shore: A Novel” by Galaxy Craze (Atlantic Monthly Press)

“For the Relief of Unbearable Urges” by Nathan Englander (Alfred A. Knopf)

“Interpreter of Maladies: Stories” by Jhumpa Lahiri (Houghton Mifflin)

“Last Things: A Novel” by Jenny Offill (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

“Amy and Isabelle: A Novel” by Elizabeth Strout (Random House).


“The Father of the Predicaments” by Heather McHugh (Wesleyan University Press)

“The Oval Hour” by Kathleen Peirce (University of Iowa Press)

“The Dreamhouse” by Tom Sleigh (University of Chicago Press)

‘The Red Leaves of Night” by David St. John (HarperCollins)

“Repair: Poems” by C.K. Williams (Farrar, Straus & Giroux).


“Mind of the Raven: Investigations and Adventures with Wolf-Birds” by Bernd Heinrich (Cliff Street Books/HarperCollins)

“The River: A Journey to the Source of HIV and AIDS” by Edward Hooper (Little, Brown)

“Lucy’s Legacy: Sex and Intelligence in Human Evolution” by Alison Jolly (Harvard University Press)

“The Code Book: The Evolution of Secrecy From Mary, Queen of Scots to Quantum Cryptography” by Simon Singh (Doubleday)

“Galileo’s Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith and Love” by Dava Sobel (Walker & Co.).


“Empire Express: Building the First Transcontinental Railroad” by David Haward Bain (Viking)

“Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II” by John W. Dower (W.W. Norton)

“The First World War” by John Keegan (Alfred A. Knopf)

“Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945 (The Oxford History of the United States, Vol. 9)” by David M. Kennedy (Oxford University Press)

“The Holocaust in American Life” by Peter Novick (Houghton Mifflin).


“Skellig” by David Almond (Delacorte Press)

‘Speak” by Laurie Halse Anderson (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

“Frenchtown Summer” by Robert Cormier (Delacorte Press)

“Monster” by Walter Dean Myers (HarperCollins)

“Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy” by Sonya Sones (HarperCollins).