Alex Shakar’s latest novel, Luminarium, won the 2011 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction. It was also named a Notable Book of the year by The Washington Post, an Editor’s Choice by The New York Times, and a best book of the year by Publishers Weekly, Booklist, the Austin Chronicle, the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography, and the Kansas City Star. His novel The Savage Girl was a New York Times Notable Book and Book Sense 76 pick. His story collection City in Love won the FC2 National Fiction Competition. A Brooklyn native, he now lives in Chicago.