Local kudos

Bill Boyarsky, LA Observed's occasional politics columnist, is a finalist in nonfiction for the 2008 book award from the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association. It's for "Big Daddy: Jesse Unruh and the Art of Power Politics." And I see that Bill is also a finalist for an Online Journalism Award for his presidential campaign coverage at He's a finalist in the same category as LA Observed contributor Victor Merina, who is up for a piece on the Indian vote from the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming for Reznet.

More finalists:

  • Truthdig and Reznet are also finalists for general excellence awards from the Online News Association. Full list of finalists here. The Los Angeles Times is up for four online awards, and the Huffington Post is a finalist for general excellence.
  • Boyarsky's competition for the book award includes "All the Saints of the City of Angels" by J. Michael Walker, and "Hometown Santa Monica," edited by Colleen Dunn Bates.
  • Also up for Southern California book awards are Mark Sarvas of The Elegant Variation blog, for his novel "Harry, Revised;" and Mary McNamara of the L.A. Times, April Smith and Joseph Wambaugh in the mystery category. Full list of finalists at

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