Monday, March 2, 2009

Slumdog Psychophysicist


A week after our Oscar party I get to indulge my own West Coast red carpet fantasies.

The Los Angeles Times just announced the finalists for its 2008 Book Prizes, and What the Nose Knows is nominated for the Science & Technology award.

The nod comes with a plane ticket to the awards ceremony on April 24th where the winners will be announced. It’s also the kickoff for that weekend’s Los Angeles Festival of Books, one of the country’s biggest literary events for the public.

Needless to say, I’m thrilled to be selected. And I’m really looking forward to meeting more of my readers at the Festival.

UPDATE March 3, 2009
More on the 2008 Book Prizes here, and on the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books here.

3 comments:

Olfacta said...

Well, hey, congratulations! Hope you win!

Nathan Branch said...

Yes, congratulations! I thought "What the Nose Knows" was a terrific read, and would be thrilled for you to win.

At the very least, your book appears to be keeping good company.

Avery Gilbert said...

Olfacta & Nathan,

Thanks so much for the kind words.

In my book and my blog I've been trying to build a bridge between Perfume Island and Smell World. There are fragrance fanatics--people exquisitely attuned to the nuances of perfume--and folks who are olfactively aware in a general sort of way. I seek out the psychology common to each, and try to entertain them all.