Michael Connelly's newest, "The Fifth Witness," arrives at number one on the fiction hardcover list for Southern California independent bookstores. "The Pale King" from David Foster Wallace is next, followed by "The Tiger's Wife" by Tea Obreht, "The Land of Painted Caves" by Jean M. Auel and "When the Killing's Done" by T.C. Boyle.
On the nonfiction hardcover list, Tina Fey's "Bossypants" also starts out in the top spot. She is followed by "Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention" by Manning Marable, "Cleopatra" by Stacy Schiff, "Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand and "Unfamiliar Fishes" by Sarah Vowell. Check out the rest of those lists and the bestsellers in paperback and for children here.
- Former Los Angeles Times reporters Terry McDermott and Josh Meyer sold "The Hunt for KSM: Chasing Down the Elusive Al Qaeda Mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed" at auction to Little, Brown.
- UCLA English professor Mark McGurl won the $30,000 Truman Capote Award — the largest annual cash prize in English-language literary criticism — for "The Program Era: Postwar Fiction and the Rise of Creative Writing."