Announcing the 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize winners
Ben Fountain’s satire “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” was named the winner of the L.A. Times 2012 book prize for fiction on Friday night at a ceremony in Los Angeles. Katherine Boo’s “Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity” took the prize in the current interest category.
The complete list of winners:
--Biography: Robert Caro, “The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson” (Knopf)
--Current Interest: Katherine Boo, “Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity” (Random House)
--Fiction: Ben Fountain, “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” (HarperCollins Publishers / Ecco)
--The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction: Maggie Shipstead, “Seating Arrangements” (Knopf)
--Graphic Novel/Comics: Sammy Harkham, “Everything Together: Collected Stories” (PictureBox)
--History: Fergus M. Bordewich, “America’s Great Debate: Henry Clay, Stephen A. Douglas, and the Compromise That Preserved the Union” (Simon & Schuster)
--Mystery/Thriller: Tana French, “Broken Harbor” (Viking)
--Poetry: Louise Glück, “Poems 1962-2012" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
--Science & Technology: Florence Williams, “Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History” (W.W. Norton & Company)
--Young Adult Literature: A.S. King, “Ask the Passengers” (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
--Innovator’s Award: Margaret Atwood
--Robert Kirsch Award: Kevin Starr
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