Los Angeles Times Book Prizes

BIOGRAPHY: Paula J. Giddings, "Ida: A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching"

CURRENT INTEREST: Barton Gellman, "Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency"
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FICTION: Marilynne Robinson, "Home"

ART SEIDENBAUM AWARD FOR FIRST FICTION: Zoe Ferraris, "Finding Nouf"

HISTORY: Mark Mazower, "Hitler's Empire: How the Nazis Ruled Europe"

MYSTERY/THRILLER: Michael Koryta, "Envy the Night"

POETRY: Frank Bidart, "Watching the Spring Festival: Poems"

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY: Leonard Susskind, "The Black Hole War: My Battle with Stephen Hawking to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics"
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YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE: Terry Pratchett, "Nation"
Transcript of online chat with Pratchett

2008 ROBERT KIRSCH AWARD Robert Alter

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The subtitle of "The Black Hole War" might make one think that Susskind and Hawking are warlike adversaries. Susskind says it is nothing of the kind and mentions dining with Hawking in his Cambridge home.

Susskind has said his relationship with Hawking is one of mutual respect, and goes on to compare it to that of Richard I and Saladin rather than a Macbeth and Macduff.

Posted by: lheffelkcrrcom | April 25, 2009 11:10 AM

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