Los Angeles Times Book Award b/w "On Baseball"
I. The Los Angeles Times Book Award finalists have been announced! Fiction, biography, blah de blah...what you're really wondering is: Which artists are in the running for best graphic novel?! (Once again, I had the honor to judge, along with Douglas Wolk and Joel Rose.)
Here is the tantalizing list:
Adam Hines, "Duncan the Wonder Dog: Show One" (Adhouse Books)
Dash Shaw, "Bodyworld" (Pantheon)
Karl Stevens, "The Lodger" (KSA Publishing)
C. Tyler, "You'll Never Know, Book Two: Collateral Damage" (Fantagraphics)
Jim Woodring, "Weathercraft" (Fantagraphics)
Who will win? You need to wait till April 29...
(I might post, later, some thoughts on other really strong titles...or maybe just the names...there was a lot of good stuff...)
II. Poets Jane Yeh and H.L. Hix are featured on the site Like Starlings, going mano a mano, poetry-style! Here is the first part of her new poem, "On Baseball":
My mechanics are almost entirely self-taught.
Hawking and strutting, I hit my spots.
Nobody talks to me, they are all afraid.
The nature of perfection is half fluke, half
Fiction, like the mighty appaloosa
That haunts the hometown lake. I'm from one of those states
That never got finished, that just sort of unravelled, like the sound
Speed makes as it blows right past you.
(Jane is a die-hard Yankees fan.)