And the L.A. Times Book Prize winners are...
The ceremony has just ended at UCLA's Royce Hall, and the winners of the 2007 L.A. Times Book Prizes are:
Novelist Maxine Hong Kingston won this year's Robert Kirsch Award, which honors a living author with a connection to the American West whose works have made a substantial contribution to American letters.
Biography: Simon Sebag Montefiore, "Young Stalin"
Current Interest: Elizabeth D. Samet, "Soldier's Heart: Reading Literature Through Peace and War at West Point"
Fiction: Andrew O’Hagan, "Be Near Me"
Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction: Dinaw Mengestu, "The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears"
History: Tim Weiner, "Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA"
Mystery/Thriller: Karin Fossum (translated by Charlotte Barslund), "The Indian Bride"
Poetry: Stanley Plumly, "Old Heart: Poems"
Science & Technology: Douglas Hofstadter, "I Am a Strange Loop"
Young Adult Fiction: Philip Reeve, "A Darkling Plain (The Hungry City Chronicles)"
-- Carolyn Kellogg