How times change. Steve Wasserman, the former books editor at the Los Angeles Times, presided for years over the LAT Book Prizes soiree at UCLA's Royce Hall. He didn't even go to last night's downsized party — instead picking up two Maggie Awards at a banquet at the LAX Westin that sounds like it had a bigger crowd. Wasserman's Maggies are in his capacity as literary editor of Truthdig.com, which was nominated for Chalmers Johnson's review of Sheldon Wolin's book on democracy, James Blight's review of a book on McGeorge Bundy, and Wasserman's own essay on Castro's legacy. The Maggies are for Western publishers, and other local finalists included the LA Weekly, LA Stage, Emmy and Orange Coast.
Meanwhile, sounds like a fun time was had by those who attended the gathering at the Times building. Prize winners after the jump; report on the evening at Jacket Copy.
Current Interest: Barton Gellman, "Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency"
Fiction: Marilynne Robinson, "Home"
Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction: Zoe Ferraris, "Finding Nouf"
History: Mark Mazower, "Hitler's Empire: How the Nazis Ruled Europe"
Mystery/Thriller: Michael Koryta, "Envy the Night"
Poetry: Frank Bidart, "Watching the Spring Festival: Poems"
Science & Technology: Leonard Susskind, "The Black Hole War: My Battle With Stephen Hawking to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics"
Young Adult Literature: Terry Pratchett, "Nation"
Robert Kirsch Award: Robert Alter