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Jennifer Egan Among LA Times Book Prize Winners

The LA Times announced the winners of its 2010 Book Prize over the weekend. Included among the winners was author Jennifer Egan, who spoke critically about the Times earlier this month in an interview, after a Times story detailing her Pulitzer victory included a photo of Jonathan Franzen instead of her. Critics, including Egan, accused the Times of sexism in picturing an established male author instead of the triumphant, emerging female author. Guess Egan’s over it, because unlike several other winners, she was at the event to accept her award.

Full list of winners after the jump.

Previously on Fishbowl LA: Jennifer Egan Responds to LA Times Photo Snub

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Jennifer Egan Responds to LA Times Photo Snub

Last month the LA Times kicked up a well-deserved feminist firestorm when they ran a photo of author Jonathan Franzen above a story about how novelist Jennifer Egan had just won the prestigious National Book Critics Circle Award. Franzen had supposedly been the favorite to win and the Times claimed they couldn’t dig up a recent photo of Egan–even though they covered the even in person.

Egan addresses the Times’ snafu in an interview with Entertainment Weekly and took the issue head on.

It was funny; by the time I knew of the brouhaha, it seemed to have taken on a life of its own. In a way, whatever aggravation I might have felt was preempted by the fact that so many other people were incensed on my behalf! I did think that the Times’ excuse — “We didn’t have a picture of her” — was a bit Old Media. I mean, there are lots of pictures of all of us out there, and it takes all of a millisecond to find them. The outcry points to the intense frustration many people feel on behalf of female writers, and I’ve certainly shared that frustration at times. I think that all discussions of this sort are useful — messy and awkward though they may be. I guess I’m a believer in open airing of collective grievances, rather than private seething.

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LA Times Called Out by Readers for Sexist Photo Flap

Last week, the National Book Critics Circle awarded “A Visit From the Goon Squad” by novelist Jennifer Egan its highly-touted prize for fiction. It was a huge honor for Egan’s work, but you really wouldn’t know it from glancing at the LA Times’ website. Alongside its writeup of the awards ceremony, the Times chose to run a shot of Jonathan Franzen–who’s novel “Freedom” was arguably the favorite to pick up the award–instead of Egan.

Times readers weren’t having it.

“Seriously? Seriously???,” one wrote. “The news is that literary darling Jonathan Franzen LOST an award, not that (talented but less well-known female) Jennifer Egan WON? Please spend a couple of minutes gazing into your editorial navels today and ask yourselves what happened.”

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