Live from New York: the Los Angeles Times Book Prize!

Today, the LAT revealed the finalists for its annual Book Prizes. As usual, the announcement was made in New York City at the National Arts Club. Because, you know, if they announced the Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalists in Los Angeles, those fancy East Coast literary types just wouldn’t take them seriously. Besides, everyone knows that nobody in Los Angeles has ever read a book! Because we’re so superficial!

Anyway, excuse me if I’m enervated once again by this annual showing of hometown pride. The list should be posted here any minute now, and the winners will be announced at April’s LAT Festival of Books, which actually happens in Southern California, for now, at least.