Yglesias, Eggers Win Big at Los Angeles Times Book Prizes


Rafael Yglesias's novel A Happy Marriage won the top fiction award at last night's Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, which kicked off the paper's Festival of Books (remember those?). Dave Eggers was the other big winner of the night, taking home the Current Interest award for his novel Zeitoun and the Innovators Awards for his "refreshing disregard for conventional wisdom." If it existed, he also would have won the motivational-speaking award for his acceptance speech. "We're still about paper and cloth and glue and ink, and if you put care into that craft, it has the same appeal it always did," he said. "We shouldn't assume, always, that we're hurtling inexorably toward some all-electronic world." [LAT]