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Berkeley Breathed, Lisa See, T.C. Boyle nominated for SoCal book awards

August 27, 2009 |  8:30 am


The Southern California Independent Booksellers Assn. has announced the nominees for its 2009 book awards. The award winners will be selected by a vote, open to booksellers in the region, and announced at a dinner on Oct. 24.

The fiction nominees are Lisa See's "Shanghai Girls," T.C. Boyle's "The Women" and Ron Carslon's "The Signal." Books up for the T. Jefferson Parker Mystery Award are "Trust No One" by Gregg Hurwitz, "The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death" by Charlie Huston and "The Grift" by Debra Ginsberg.

Berkeley Breathed, above, has been nominated for his children's picture book, "Pete & Pickles." The other nominees in the category are "Too Many Toys" by David Shannon and "Our Library" by Eve Bunting.

Nominees for children's novel -- a category that also might be called young adult -- are "Hunger" by Michael Grant, "Pendragon Book 10" by D.J. MacHale and "The Year the Swallows Came Early" by Kathryn Fitzmaurice.

In nonfiction, two food books made the grade: "Eat: Los Angeles," edited by Colleen Dunn Bates, and chef Susan Campoy's "Celebrating With Julienne"; Campoy died in March. And then there's "Losing My Religion" by William Lobdell, former L.A. Times religion reporter.

Up for the Glenn Goldman & Architecture Award are "The Wonder Years" by Rick Rickman and Donna Wares, "Annie Liebovitz at Work" by Annie Liebovitz and the hyper-local "Faces of Sunset Boulevard" by Patrick Ecclesine.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: Berkeley Breathed in 2007. Credit: Bryan Chan / Los Angeles Times


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