Wednesday, February 19, 2020

LA TIMES BOOK PRIZES 2020

The Los Angeles Times will Honor Walter Mosley at the 40th Annual Book Prizes

The LA Times Book Prizes recognize outstanding literary achievements in 12 categories, including the new Ray Bradbury Prize for Science Fiction, with winners to be announced April 17.

Walter Mosley will be honored with the Robert Kirsch Award

The annual ceremony recognizing outstanding literary achievements will take place on Friday, April 17, 2020. The ceremony kicks off the weekend literary and cultural gathering, Festival of Books, Stories and Ideas, taking place April 18-19 at USC.

Crime-fiction writer Walter Mosley will receive the 2019 Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement, which recognizes a writer whose work focuses on the American West. “We are pleased to celebrate Walter Mosley’s 30-year writing life, which spans mysteries, short stories, science fiction, nonfiction, plays, and works for television and film,” said Times Books Editor Boris Kachka. “Whether through a detective story set in the streets of 1950s Los Angeles or essays about contemporary politics, Mosley reaches a wide range of readers, bringing about a deeper understanding of the world and the people who live in it.”

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Mosley eventually settled in New York City. As Columnist Patt Morrison said in a profile for The Times, “You can take Walter Mosley out of Los Angeles … but you can’t take L.A. out of Walter Mosley.” The author of more than 43 books crossing various genres, he is best known for his 14-volume mystery series featuring detective Easy Rawlins, a Black private detective living in South Central Los Angeles.

A Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America, Mosley has received numerous awards, including the Edgar Award for best novel, the Anisfield-Wolf Award, a Grammy, a PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement Award and several NAACP Image awards.

Other categories and books of special interest to readers of this blog:

Mystery/Thriller 
Steph Cha Your House Will Pay (Ecco)
Michael Connelly The Night Fire (Little, Brown and Company)
Jane Harper The Lost Man (Flatiron Books)
Laura Lippman Lady in the Lake (William Morrow)
Attica Locke Heaven, My Home (Mulholland Books)

And in Young Adult:
Malla Nunn When the Ground is Hard

The complete list of finalists and further information, including past winners, is available at latimes.com/Book. Tickets for the ceremony will be available for purchase on March 12. The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is presented in association with USC. Festival news and updates are available on the event website, Facebook page, Twitter, and Instagram (#bookfest).

What's New on AcornTV: February-April 2020

I find it difficult to keep track of what I'm watching and on what streaming service. I sometimes forget the name of the show and that makes it all that much more difficult. I'm thinking of using an App to keep track. Any suggestions?

In the meantime, here's what's coming up at AcornTV. I love British shows, and Acorn has lots..as well as full length movies and foreign language TV shows. Britain and Beyond. I especially love the news that AcornTV will stream Season 2 of Balthazar in April. Yay!!!

BLOOD, a gritty Irish psychological thriller returns with a second series and stars Adrian Dunbar, who plays Lt. Hastings in UK’s #1 2019 drama, Line of Duty.

MISS FISHER AND THE CRYPT OF TEARS, Acorn TV’s first feature film continues the intriguing story of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, one of the most popular Australian series worldwide starring Essie Davis. This is the series’ first installment since the third season wrapped in 2015

MURDOCH MYSTERIES unrolls new episodes on Mondays with more whodunnit intrigue and its trademark engaging stories (through April 13, 2020).

THE SCHOUWENDAM 12, the spellbinding sequel series to Acorn TV’s Dutch drama The Oldenheim 12, focuses on an investigation into mysterious disappearances of two teens in a village 25 years ago. (w/English subtitles) A

THE RETURN, a made-for-TV ITV film starring Julie Walters and Neil Dudgeon in a drama of murder and betrayal,

LOVEJOY, BBC’s hit series starring Ian McShane as the irresistible rogue with a keen eye for antiques. Co-starring Chris Jury, Dudley Sutton and Phyllis Logan. (Series 3 and 4 binge premieres)

LIVERPOOL 1, a gritty ensemble British police drama starring Samantha Womack, Mark Womack and Paul Usher (Series 1 and 2 binge premiere)

And in April:

April 6: DEADWATER FELL, UK thriller starring David Tennant ( and Cush Jumbo (The Good about a Scottish village ruptured after the murder of a seemingly perfect and happy family

April 20: BALTHAZAR, Series 2 –the hit French crime drama starring Tomer Sisley as a brilliant forensic pathologist who can make the dead speak like no one else to help solve Paris’ most baffling crimes. With English subtitles.