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Fiction does have a winner at LA Times Book Prizes

Unlike the Pulitzer Prizes, the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes had no reluctance about giving awards to fiction books on Friday night. Alex Shakar's novel "Luminarium" won in the fiction category. Stephen King's "11/22/1963" got the prize in mystery/thriller, and "Shards" by Ismet Prcic won for first fiction. This year's Robert Kirsch Award winner is Rudolfo Anaya, the New Mexico-born novelist. Figment, the digital writing community founded by Jacob Lewis and Dana Goodyear, was given an innovator's award. The prize ceremony was held for the first time at USC's Bovard Auditorium, and for the first time in awhile included the public.

Full list from the Times:

Biography: "Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned," John A. Farrell (Doubleday)

Current Interest: "Thinking Fast and Slow," Daniel Kahneman (Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Fiction: "Luminarium," Alex Shakar (SoHo Press)

Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction: "Shards," Ismet Prcic (Black Cat/Grove/Atlantic)

Graphic Novel: "Finder: Voice," Carla Speed McNeil (Dark Horse)

History: "Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America," Richard White (W.W. Norton & Company)

Mystery / Thriller: "11/22/1963," Stephen King (Scribner)

Poetry: "Double Shadow: Poems," Carl Phillips (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Science & Technology: "Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius," Sylvia Nasar (Simon & Schuster)

Young Adult Literature: "The Big Crunch," Pete Hautman (Scholastic Press)

2011 Robert Kirsch Award Winner: Rudolfo Anaya

2011 Innovator’s Award: Figment, co-founded by Jacob Lewis and Dana Goodyear


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