Friday, April 17, 2020

Cha and Mosley Give Their Thanks

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, which was to have been held from April 18 to 19 at the University of Southern California campus in L.A., has been postponed until the weekend of October 3-4. In the meantime, though, the winners of its 2020 Book Prizes—in 12 categories—were announced this morning on Twitter.

This year’s winner in the Mystery/Thriller category is Your House Will Pay, by Steph Cha (Ecco). Also nominated were The Night Fire, by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown); The Lost Man, by Jane Harper (Flatiron); Lady in the Lake, by Laura Lippman (Morrow); and Heaven, My Home, by Attica Locke (Mulholland).

Additionally, Walter Mosley, best known for writing the popular Easy Rawlins historical crime series, is being given the Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement. That commendation “recognizes a writer whose work focuses on the American West.”

Because Book Prize recipients cannot gather together at this time, they have all delivered their acceptance speeches on YouTube. Cha’s can be found here; Mosley’s (including a tribute to his father) is here.

Congratulations to all of this year’s contenders!

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