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Book Awards Luncheon, 2017
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 Join us for the Book Awards Luncheon
Saturday October 28th
Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center
Our gracious emcee, Charles Phoenix is the Ambassador of Americana! He is a showman, tour guide, food crafter, and author known for his live comedy slide show performances, madcap Test Kitchen videos, “field trip” adventure tours, and colorful coffee table books, all celebrating classic and kitschy American life and style. Be prepared for your national pride to swell!
On TV, Charles appears this season as a judge on Food Network’s Cake Wars: Christmas. He’s also guested on Storage Wars, Conan, Queen Latifah, and Martha Stewart, and is often heard on National Public Radio. Los Angeles Times says, “Call him the King of Retro,” and LA Weekly anointed him the “Kodachrome King.”
Attica Locke’s Pleasantville was the 2016 winner of the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction. It was also long-listed for the Bailey’s Prize for Women’s Fiction, and made numerous “Best of 2015” lists. Her first novel, Black Water Rising, was nominated for an Edgar Award, an NAACP Image Award, as well as a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and was short-listed for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. Her second book, The Cutting Season, is a national bestseller and the winner of the Ernest Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. A former fellow at the Sundance Institute’s Feature Filmmaker’s Lab, Locke has worked as a screenwriter as well. Most recently, she was a writer and producer on the Fox drama, Empire. She serves on the board of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles. A native of Houston, Texas, Attica lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and daughter.
JOE of Japanese American descent. He grew up in South Central Los Angeles. Joe’s favorite books were the Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories. The idea that a person could face the world and vanquish his enemies with just his intelligence fascinated him. Joe went on to earn a graduate degree and had several careers before writing his debut novel, IQ, inspired by his early experiences and love of Sherlock. Joe lives in Santa Monica, California.
A. J. Finn has written for numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and the Times Literary Supplement (UK). A native of New York, Finn lived in England for ten years before returning to New York City
Our Book Awards will be presented at the luncheon. Finalists are listed for each category, although not all finalists will be present.
Glenn Goldman award for Art, Architecture, and Photography Nominees       
Give Me Life: Iconography and Identity in East La Murals, Holly Barnet-Saanchez, Tim Drescher, Tomas Yba
Kerry James Marshall, Charles Gaines
Spectacular Illumination: Neon Los Angeles, 1925-1965, Tom Zimmerman with J. Eric Lynxwiler
 Fiction Nominees    
The Mothers, Brit Bennett
Wangs Vs. the World, Jade Chang
Little Nothing, Marisa Silver
 Nonfiction Nominees     
The Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir,  Ariel Levy

Rejected Princesses: Tales of History's Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics, Jason Porath

American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst, Jeffrey Toobin
 T. Jefferson Parker Award for Mystery Nominees    
Blue Light Yokohama: A Crime Novel, Nicolas Obregon
Shadow Man: A Novel, Alan Drew
The Force: A Novel, Don Winslow
Our Lunch begins at noon sharp. Tickets for the breakfast are $35 for members and their guests. 
You can REGISTER HERE, or view a full show schedule HERE.