Don’t forget this weekend’s LA Times Festival of Books! It is always a pleasure to wander the huge festival and see what’s on offer, and simply be part of an enormous gathering of people in LA on the usually lovely weekend days. – Gathering in the name of books! How excellent that is!
Some bad news this year. You’ll recall that I’ve reported (here and here) on the Oscar-like awards ceremony for the book prizes, complete with fancy after-party. (With chocolate fountains, and ice sculptures with embedded typewriters, no less!) Well, they’re not doing it this year. I imagine its the hard financial times. You see… now it’s hitting home to me that there’s a crisis out there – no awards gala, and no chocolate fountains. However will I survive?
Well, the good news is that the awards continue (actually there is a private ceremony at the LA Times building… yes, for all I know if it is the usual affair, and perhaps they just don’t want the riff-raff any more) and the short lists are interesting once again. You can look at them here. I’ve read very little of the short-listed books in any category this year. Always interesting to look at the Science & Technology category and see what’s there:
Avery Gilbert, What the Nose Knows: The Science of Scent in Everyday Life (Crown Publishing)
Kenneth R. Miller, Only a Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America’s Soul (Viking)
Martin J.S. Rudwick, Worlds Before Adam: The Reconstruction of
Geohistory in the Age of Reform (University of Chicago Press)
Leonard Susskind, The Black Hole War: My Battle with Stephen Hawking to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics (Little, Brown and Co.)
Carl Zimmer, Microcosm: E. coli and the New Science of Life (Pantheon)
I wonder which will win? Read any in this category or another?