Earlier this week, the L.A. Times Book Prize finalists were announced, including five in the graphic novel category:
Alison Bechdel / Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Leela Corman / Unterzakhn (Schocken/Pantheon)
Sammy Harkham / Everything Together: Collected Stories (PictureBox)
Spain Rodriguez / Cruisin’ With the Hound: The Life and Times of Fred Toote (Fantagraphics)
Chris Ware / Building Stories (Pantheon)
It’s hard not to see Ware running away with this but it’s an outstanding list, reflective of the great comics available in the last 12 months. The LA Times Book Prize graphic novel winner is one of the most prestigious literary prizes presented to comics in the US. Previous winners include FINDER: VOICE, DUNCAN THE WONDER DOG, and ASTERIOS POLYP–GNs were only added as a category in 2009.
Nominees are selected by a jury in the various categories.
Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony April 19, the evening before the L.A. Times Festival of Books, April 20-21. Held on USC’s campus in Bovard Auditorium, the awards are open to the public; tickets will be made available in late March. Details can be found online at www.latimes.com/bookprizes.
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