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Close ... but no cigar

The Awards Dinner for the Lothian Prize -- given for a first biography-in-progress -- took place in London's Langham Hotel on 21st October. It was "an incredibly close call," according to the Prize Administrator, between me and the ultimate winner -- a Brit writing about "the most famous black man in England," the self-invented Prince Monolulu. Alas, there's no Second Prize. But for what it's worth, it was the first time a Yank made it to the finals in the Lothian's eleven-year history. Onward.