The Los Angeles Times unveiled the finalists for its annual book prizes on Wednesday, and announced that mystery author Walter Mosley will receive the Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement.
Mosley, author of the series of crime novels featuring his iconic detective Easy Rawlins, was praised by Times book editor Boris Kachka for “bringing about a deeper understanding of the world and the people who live in it.”
Colson Whitehead’s The Nickel Boys is among the finalists for the fiction award, along with Tash Aw’s We, the Survivors, Madeline ffitch’s Stay and Fight, Ben Lerner’s The Topeka School, and Maaza Mengiste’s The Shadow King.
Ronan Farrow’s Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators, also nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award, was nominated in the current interest category. Farrow will compete with four other authors for the prize, including Emily Bazelon (Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration) and Rachel Louise Snyder (No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us).
The Times also announced the finalists for their first ever Ray Bradbury Prize for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculative Fiction. Nominees include Marlon James’ Black Leopard, Red Wolfand Namwali Serpell’s The Old Drift.
The winners of the prizes will be announced at a ceremony in Los Angeles on April 17.
Michael Schaub is an Austin, Texas–based journalist and regular contributor to NPR.