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Southern California booksellers announce award finalists

August 5, 2011 |  1:00 pm

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The Southern California Independent Booksellers Assn. has announced the finalists for its 2011 book awards. The awards will include a special accolade for bestselling author T. Jefferson Parker, for whom the mystery award is named. The winners in six categories will be announced in an Oct. 22 event in Long Beach.

Some usual suspects make the list, including bestselling favorites T.C. Boyle and Don Winslow; celebrity appearances are made by pop song satirist Werd Al Yankovic and comedian Patton Oswalt. The finalists are:

Fiction:
"When the Killing's Done" by T.C. Boyle (Viking)
"Helen of Pasadena" by Lian Dolan (Prospect Park Books)
"Discovery of Witches" by Deborah Harkness (Viking)
"Wingshooters" by Nina Revoyr (Akashic Books)

Nonfiction:
"Radio Shangri-La" by Lisa Napoli (Crown)
"Zombie Spaceship Wasteland" by Patton Oswalt (Scribner)
"Harlow in Hollywood" by Darrell Rooney and Mark A. Vieira (Angel City Press)
"Sacred Sites: The Secret History of Southern California" by Susan Suntree (University of Nebraska)

T. Jefferson Parker Book Award for Mystery and Thrillers:
"The Sentry" by Robert Crais (Putnam)
"San Diego Noir" edited by Maryelizabeth Hart (Akashic Books)
"The Informant" by Thomas Perry (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
"Savages" by Don Winslow (Simon & Schuster)

Children's novel:
"Summer According to Humphrey" by Betty Birney (Putnam)
"One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street" by Joanne Rocklin (Amulet)
"The Marbury Lens" by Andrew Smith (Feiwel & Friends)
"The Emerald Atlas" by John Stephens (Random House)

Children's picture book:
"Me, Frida" illustrated by David Diaz (Abrams)
"Bear With Me" by Max Kornell (Putnam)
"Otis & Sydney and the Best Birthday Ever" by Laura Numeroff (Abrams)
"When I Grow Up" by Weird Al Yankovic (HarperCollins)  

Glenn Goldman Award for Art, Architecture and Photography:
"MM -- Personal: From the Private Archive of Marilyn Monroe" by Lois Banner and Mark Anderson (Abrams)
"Dogs" by Lewis Blackwell and Tim Flack (Abrams)
"Patti Smith 1969-1976" by Judy Lin (Abrams)
"Night Bookmobile" by Audrey Niffengger (Abrams ComicArt) 

The awards are open only to authors who are Southern California residents, with the exception of the Glenn Goldman Award for Art, Architecture and Photography, which takes a national pool of art books into consideration. SCIBA's member booksellers select their favorites from the year for the awards.

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-- Carolyn Kellogg

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