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John Green

The image of author John Green is projected on the screen at the start of the 34th Annual Los Angeles Times                                              Book Prizes event at USC. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times / April 11, 2014)

The 34th annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes were awarded Friday night at USC’s Bovard Auditorium. The winners in 10 categories included a first-generation Chinese American, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and one of the bestselling authors of all time (sort of).

Not all the winners were present to accept their awards — the mystery/thriller prize went to “The Cuckoo’s Calling” by Robert Galbraith, a once-secret pseudonym of J.K. Rowling. The mega-bestselling author of the Harry Potter series is notoriously private and did not attend.

Two previously announced awards were also presented at the ceremony. Young adult author, activist and video blogger John Green was presented with the Innovator’s Award. Susan Straight, a native of Riverside, was awarded the 2013 Robert Kirsch Award for her fiction set in Southern California.

The complete list of winners is below:

Biography: “Bolivar: American Liberator” by Marie Arana

Current Interest: “Five Days at Memorial” by Sheri Fink

Fiction: “A Tale for the Time Being” by Ruth Ozeki

Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction: “We Need New Names” by NoViolet Bulawayo

Graphic Novel/Comics: “Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life” by Ulli Lust

History: “The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914” by Christopher Clark

Mystery/Thriller: “The Cuckoo’s Calling” by J.K. Rowling writing as Robert Galbraith

Poetry: “Collected Poems” by Ron Padgett

Science and Technology: “Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?” by Alan Weisman

Young Adult Literature: “Boxers & Saints” by Gene Luen Yang


March 21, 2014 by Thad McIlroy

You have to feel it was all a waste of time, this notion that somehow writing and publishing were being “reinvented” by new ideas and approaches and the startup companies behind them. Or even that being an independent publisher of any sort is worth the back-breaking effort.

American Booksellers Association

Have a look at the nominees for the 2014 Indies Choice awards. As far as I can see every single title is from one of the big five publishers (or one of their “independent” imprints). I only checked the adult books; maybe there’s an independent among the kid’s titles. According to Wikipedia ”throughout the year, Book Sense independent booksellers from across the country nominate for inclusion in the monthly Book Sense Picks the books that they most enjoyed hand-selling to their customers.”

I know that lots of self-published books are available online only. I also know that there are thousands of independent publishers of all shapes and sizes that issue books in print. I guess it’s just no fun selling those books.

For decades there’s been a clear order to the publishing universe, from author to agent to brand-name publisher to publicity machine to booksellers to reviews to awards. If that doesn’t change, well, will anything change?

- See more at: http://thefutureofpublishing.com/2014/03/independent-bookstores-vote-for-big-5-publishers-authors/#sthash.8f2knk7i.dpuf

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