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 .
Apart from the ten categories of new works, Dave Eggers  received the Innovators Award and Evan S. Connell  received the Robert Kirsch Award for Lifetime Acheivement. The Innovators Award is new to the program and it recognizes "cutting-edge work, specifically endeavors that bring storytelling into the future via new business models, technology or applications of narrative art."