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Los Angeles Times announces 2008 book prize nominees

Tue, March 3, 2009

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.

H.W. Brands, A Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Ernest Freeberg, Democracy's Prisoner: Eugene V. Debs, the Great War, and the Right to Dissent
Paula J. Giddings, Ida: A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching
Jon Meacham, American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House
Jackie Wullschlager, Chagall: A Biography

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By Carolyn Kellogg
Lead blogger, Jacket Copy
Los Angeles Times

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