Today the Los Angeles Times Book Prize nominees and Kirsch Award winner were announced. All awards will be presented in a ceremony on April 24, kicking off the L.A. Times Festival of Books.
Robert Alter, the author of 22 acclaimed works on the Bible, literary modernism and contemporary Hebrew literature will be the 29th recipient of the Kirsch Award. A professor at UC Berkeley, Alter began writing about the Bible as literature in the 1970s as a side project, but, he told the Boston Globe in 2007, "I found the intrinsic literary and intellectual interest of the biblical stories and poems so compelling that I've kept working at it ever since."
There are nine competitive award categories — biography, current interest, fiction, the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, history, mystery/thriller, poetry, science and technology, young adult — each with five nominees. The nominees include those that were in the running for other awards, including the Booker and the National Book Award, as well as some that are making their awards-list debut. The complete list of the 45 nominees for the L.A. Times Book Prizes are after the jump.