Bookseller members of the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association have announced the finalists for its 2012 SCIBA Book Awards, which will be announced at the annual Authors Feast and Trade Show in Long Beach on October 20.
Each year the SCIBA awards prizes in six book categories: fiction, non-fiction, mystery, children’s picture books, children’s novels, and the Glenn Goldman Award for art, architecture, and photography, the only category which accepts finalists from outside of Southern California. Goldman, the late founder of Book Soup in West Hollywood, had a profound love for art and felt strongly about recognizing talent from all over the world.
Finalists in the fiction category are Hector Tobar for The Barbarian Nurseries (FSG), The Book of Madness and Cures by Regina O’Melveny (Little, Brown), and Ry Cooder’s Los Angeles Stories (City Lights Publishers). The T. Jefferson Parker book award for mystery finalists are Lisa Brackman for Getaway (Soho Press), Kings of Cool by Don Winslow (Simon & Schuster), and Taken by Robert Crais (Putnam). Nominees for non-fiction are Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash by Edward Humes (Avery), Jane Lynch’s Happy Accidents (Voice), and A People’s Guide to Los Angeles by Laura Pulido (University of California Press).
The children’s picture book finalists are Heart and Soul by Kadir Nelson (HarperCollins), Jon Klassen’s I Want My Hat Back (Candlewick), and Stars by Marla Frazee. A complete list of SCIBA Book Prize finalists can be found here.