The L.A. Times have announced their chosen finalists for the 34th annual Book Prize awards. The awards, inspired by Los Angeles Times’ book critic Robert Kirsch, celebrate the best of the year’s publications in ten categories. The 2013 L.A. Times Book Prize finalists in the young adult literature category are as follows:
- Elizabeth Knox (Mortal Fire)
- Rainbow Rowell (Fangirl)
- Joyce Sidman (What the Heart Knows: Chants, Charms and Blessings)
- Jonathan Stroud (Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase)
- Gene Luen Yang (Boxers & Saints)
J.K. Rowling is also nominated (under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith) in the Mystery/Thriller category. John Green (The Fault in Our Stars) will be honoured with this year’s Innovators Award, given in special recognition of his use of online media to entertain and engage with his readership.
The winners of the 2013 L.A. Times Book Prizes will be announced on April 11th at an awards ceremony open to the public. Tickets will be available from the end of March. To find out more and view the full list of finalists, visit the L.A. Times Book Prize website.