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Recent Grads are L.A. Times Book Prize Finalists

Friday, February 25, 2011

Congratulations to Workshop alumni Peter Bognanni (MFA, 2005) and Leslie Jamison (MFA, 2006), both finalists for the 2010 L.A. Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction.

Peter Bognanni was nominated for his novel, The House of Tomorrow, published by Amy Einhorn Books in March, 2010. The book was widely and favorably reviewed in publications such as The New York Times, Oprah Magazine, and Details Magazine. The House of Tomorrow was as a Barnes & Noble "Discover Great New Writers" pick, a Borders' "Original Voices" pick, and an Indiebound Next selection.

Leslie Jamison was nominated for her novel, The Gin Closet, published by Free Press in February, 2010. A starred review in Publisher's Weekly describes the book as a "beautifully written debut" that "follows independent young New Yorker Stella and her estranged aunt Tilly as they form some version of a family." A review in the San Francisco Chronicle described The Gin Closet as "a slow and steady heartbreak," and "exquisitely beautiful."  The book was selected for the San Francisco Chronicle's "Best Books of 2010," and will be translated and published in Spanish and Czech.

The 2010 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes will be awarded April 29, 2011, in a ceremony at the Los Angeles Times Building.

For more information:
2010 Los Angeles Times Book Awards
Peter Bognanni's Author Website
Leslie Jamison's Author Website