Ben Fountain’s satire "Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk" was named the winner of the L.A. Times 2012 book prize for fiction on Friday night at a ceremony in Los Angeles. Katherine Boo’s "Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity" took the prize in the current interest category.
The complete list of winners:
–Biography: Robert Caro, "The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson" (Knopf)
–Current Interest: Katherine Boo, "Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity" (Random House)
–Fiction: Ben Fountain, "Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk" (HarperCollins Publishers / Ecco)
–The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction: Maggie Shipstead, "Seating Arrangements" (Knopf)
–Graphic Novel/Comics: Sammy Harkham, "Everything Together: Collected Stories" (PictureBox)
–History: Fergus M. Bordewich, "America’s Great Debate: Henry Clay, Stephen A. Douglas, and the Compromise That Preserved the Union" (Simon & Schuster)
–Mystery/Thriller: Tana French, "Broken Harbor" (Viking)
–Poetry: Louise Glück, "Poems 1962-2012" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
–Science & Technology: Florence Williams, "Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History" (W.W. Norton & Company)
–Young Adult Literature: A.S. King, "Ask the Passengers" (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
–Innovator’s Award: Margaret Atwood
–Robert Kirsch Award: Kevin Starr
The 2013 RSL Ondaatje Prize – the shortlist for the 2013 prize
This year’s list comprises fiction, poetry and non-fiction and the judges Margaret Drabble, Julia Blackburn and Ian Jack have commented of the award:
"A place, whether it is a small room, a forest floor, or an entire continent, is defined by the limitations and freedoms it offers and by the layers of emotion and history it contains. For this prize we are trying to see where and how this elusive spirit has been best captured in a book, of poetry, fiction, biography or personal memoir."
Liam Carson Call mother a lonely field (Seren/Poetry Wales Press)
The RSL Ondaatje Prize is now in its tenth year.
The 2013 judges are Julia Blackburn, Margaret Drabble and Ian Jack. Previous years’ judges have included Nick Laird, Don Paterson, Ali Smith, Sarah Waters, Selina Hastings, Roddy Doyle, Rory Stewart and the late Dame Beryl Bainbridge.
Founded by George IV in 1820, the Royal Society of Literature nurtures, celebrates and defends all that is best in British literature, past and present, organising talks, discussions and readings; makeing awards to established and emerging writers; running a series of creative writing masterclasses in collaboration with the Booker Prize Foundation; and campaigning in the interest of writers.