Reiken named finalist for 2010 LA Times fiction prize
March 01, 2011
Writing, Literature and Publishing associate professor Frederick “Rick” Reiken has been selected as a finalist in the prestigious Los Angeles Times Book Prize competition. Day for Night (Reagan Arthur Books/Hachette Book Group) tells the story of Beverly Rabinowitz, who fled Europe as a child during World War II. Almost half a century later, while vacationing in Florida with her boyfriend and his son, a chance encounter leads to a strangely lucid moment in which she senses that her father, long believed to have been killed during the war, is close by.
Reiken’s competition includes Rick Bass, Nashville Chrome; Richard Bausch, Something is Out There: Stories; Jennifer Egan, A Visit From the Goon Squad; and Jonathan Franzen, Freedom.
Reiken is also WLP's graduate program director for the MFA in creative writing.
Professor and MFA Graduate Program Director Steve Yarbrough is the author of nine books. His recently completed novel The Realm of Last Chances will be published by Alfred A. Knopf in 2013. His previous novel, Safe from the Neighbors (Knopf), appeared in 2010. His 2006 novel The End of California (Knopf) was a finalist for the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for fiction.