University of Rochester

Joanna Scott's New Novel in Running for LA Times Book Award

March 12, 2003

Tourmaline, Joanna Scott's latest novel, is a finalist in the fiction category for the 23rd annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. Scott is the Roswell S. Burrows Professor of English at the University of Rochester.

Scott's work has consistently earned critical acclaim for her vivid prose, multi-faceted narration, insights into human behavior and relationships, and lush descriptions of settings. In Tourmaline, an American moves to the Italian island of Elba to escape his financial failures, setting up events that cast the island's residents and his own family into turmoil.

Scott is the author of five other novels: The Manikin, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1997; Arrogance, which received the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award, the Lillian Fairchild Award, and a nomination for the PEN/Faulkner Award; Make Believe; The Closest Possible Union; and Fading, My Parmacheene Belle. In addition, she has published a collection of short stories, Various Antidotes, which was also a PEN/Faulkner Award nominee.

A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Scott also is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, a Guggenheim fellowship, and the Lannan Literary Award for Fiction.

The 2002 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes honor outstanding literary achievement in nine categories: biography, current interest, fiction, first fiction, history, poetry, mystery/thriller, science and technology, and young adult fiction. Category finalists and the ultimate winners are selected by panels of three judges each. Each prize includes a $1,000 cash award and will be presented April 26 in Los Angeles.

Previous winners of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes include Frank McCourt, Allen Ginsberg, Carl Sagan, and Margaret Atwood.