Last week, the Los Angeles Times announced the 2009 Book Prize winners. This is an annual event that takes place during their Festival of Books and honors authors in ten categories: biography, current interest, fiction, first fiction (the Art Seidenbaum Award), graphic novel, history, mystery/thriller, poetry, science and technology, and young adult literature. Graphic Novel is a new category to the 30-year ceremony.
Listed below are the finalists of the 2009 Book Prize Winners. For a list of all finalists and runners up, visit here.