Los Angeles Times Book Prize

Since 1980, the Los Angeles Times has awarded a set of annual book prizes. The Los Angeles Times Book Prize currently has nine categories: biography, current interest, fiction, first fiction (the Art Seidenbaum Award added in 1991), history, mystery/thriller (category added in 2000), poetry, science and technology (category added in 1989), and young adult fiction (category added in 1998). In addition, the Robert Kirsch Award is presented annually to a living author with a substantial connection to the American West.[1] It is named in honor of Robert Kirsch, the Los Angeles Times book critic from 1952 until his death in 1980 whose idea it was to establish the book prizes.

David Eggers, double winner of the Book Prize in 2009

The Book Prize program was founded by Art Seidenbaum, a Los Angeles Times book editor from 1978 to 1985. An award named for Seidenbaum was added a year after his death in 1990. Works are eligible during the year of their first US publication in English, and may be written originally in languages other than English. The author of each winning book and the Kirsch Award recipient receives a citation and $500. The prizes are presented the day before the annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.



Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction

The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction winners
Year Author Title Publisher Ref.
1991 David Wong Louie Pangs of Love Alfred A. Knopf
1992 Darryl Pinckney High Cotton Farrar, Straus and Giroux
1993 Paul Kafka Love Houghton Mifflin
1994 Martin M. Šimecka The Year of the Frog Louisiana State University Press
1995 Mark Merlis American Studies Houghton Mifflin
1996 Mark Behr The Smell of Apples St. Martin's Press
1997 Carolyn Ferrell Don't Erase Me: Stories Houghton Mifflin
1998 C. S. Godshalk Kalimantaan Henry Holt
1999 Elizabeth Strout Amy and Isabelle Random House
2000 Pankaj Mishra The Romantics Random House
2001 Rachel Seiffert The Dark Room Pantheon Books
2002 Arthur Phillips Prague Random House
2003 Mark Haddon The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Doubleday
2004 Lorraine Adams Harbor Alfred A. Knopf
2005 Uzodinma Iweala Beasts of No Nation HarperCollins [2]
2006 Alice Greenway White Ghost Girls Black Cat / Grove/Atlantic [3]
2007 Dinaw Mengestu The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears Riverhead
2008 Zoë Ferraris Finding Nouf Houghton Mifflin Harcourt [4]
2009 Philipp Meyer American Rust Spiegel & Grau [5]
2010 Peter Bognanni The House of Tomorrow Amy Einhorn Books/G.P. Putnam's Sons [6]
2011 Ismet Prcic Shards Black Cat / Grove/Atlantic [7]
2012 Maggie Shipstead Seating Arrangements Alfred A. Knopf [8]
2013 NoViolet Bulawayo We Need New Names Reagan Arthur Books [9]
2014 Valeria Luiselli with Christina MacSweeney (trans.) Faces in the Crowd Coffee House Press [10]
2015 Chigozie Obioma The Fisherman Little, Brown and Company [11]
2016 Nathan Hill The Nix Alfred A. Knopf [12]
2017 Jenny Zhang Sour Heart Random House [13]
2018 Nafissa Thompson-Spires Heads of the Colored People Atria/37 Ink [14]
2019 Namwali Serpell The Old Drift Hogarth Press [15]
2020 Deesha Philyaw The Secret Lives of Church Ladies West Virginia University Press [16]
2021 Jackie Polzin Brood Doubleday [17][18]
2022 Aamina Ahmad The Return of Faraz Ali Hodder & Stoughton [19][20]
2023 Shannon Sanders Company: Stories [21]


Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography winners
Year Author Title Publisher Ref.
1981 David McCullough Mornings on Horseback Simon & Schuster
1982 Gay Wilson Allen Waldo Emerson: A Biography Viking
1983 Seymour Hersh The Price of Power: Kissinger in the Nixon White House Summit Books
1984 Ernst Pawel The Nightmare of Reason Farrar, Straus and Giroux
1985 Michael Scammell Solzhenitsyn W.W. Norton & Company
1986 Maynard Mack Alexander Pope: A Life W.W. Norton & Company
1987 Kenneth S. Lynn Hemingway Simon & Schuster
1988 Brenda Maddox Nora: The Real Life of Molly Bloom Houghton Mifflin
1989 Tobias Wolff This Boy's Life: A Memoir Atlantic Monthly Press
1990 Geoffrey C. Ward A First-Class Temperament: The Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt Harper & Row
1991 T. H. Watkins Righteous Pilgrim: The Life and Times of Harold L. Ickes, 1874–1952 Henry Holt
1992 Blanche Wiesen Cook Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume One, 1884–1933 Viking
1993 John Mack Faragher Daniel Boone: The Life and Legend of an American Pioneer Henry Holt
1994 Mikal Gilmore Shot in the Heart Doubleday
1995 Doris Lessing Under My Skin: Volume One of My Autobiography, to 1949 HarperCollins
1996 Frank McCourt Angela's Ashes: A Memoir Scribner
1997 Sam Tanenhaus Whittaker Chambers: A Biography Random House
1998 A. Scott Berg Lindbergh G.P. Putnam's Sons
1999 Judith Thurman Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette Alfred A. Knopf
2000 William J. Cooper, Jr. Jefferson Davis, American Alfred A. Knopf
2001 Edmund Morris Theodore Rex Random House [22]
2002 Robert A. Caro Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Vol. 3 Alfred A. Knopf
2003 Neil Smith American Empire: Roosevelt's Geographer and the Prelude to Globalization University of California Press
2004 Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan de Kooning: An American Master Alfred A. Knopf
2005 Hilary Spurling Matisse the Master: A Life of Henri Matisse, the Conquest of Colour, 1909–1954 Alfred A. Knopf [2]
2006 Neal Gabler Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination Alfred A. Knopf [3]
2007 Simon Sebag Montefiore Young Stalin Alfred A. Knopf
2008 Paula J. Giddings Ida: A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching Amistad/HarperCollins [4]
2009 Linda Gordon Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits W.W. Norton & Company [5]
2010 Laura Hillenbrand Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption Random House [6]
2011 John A. Farrell Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned Doubleday [7]
2012 Robert A. Caro The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson Alfred A. Knopf [8]
2013 Marie Arana Bolivar: American Liberator Simon & Schuster [9]
2014 Andrew Roberts Napoleon: A Life Viking [10]
2015 Hayden Herrera Listening to Stone: The Art and Life of Isamu Noguchi Farrar, Straus and Giroux
2016 Volker Ullrich with Jefferson Chase (trans.) Hitler: Ascent, 1889–1939 Alfred A. Knopf [12]
2017 Laura Walls Henry David Thoreau: A Life University of Chicago Press [13]
2018 David W. Blight Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom Simon & Schuster [14][23]
2019 George Packer Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century Alfred A. Knopf [15][24][25]
2020 William Souder Mad at the World: A Life of John Steinbeck W.W. Norton & Company [26][16][26]
2021 Paul Auster Burning Boy: The Life and Work of Stephen Crane Henry Holt & Company [17][18]
2022 Beverly Gage G-Man: J. Edgar Hoover and the Making of the American Century Viking Press [27][20]
2023 Gregg Hecimovich The Life and Times of Hannah Crafts: The True Story of The Bondwoman’s Narrative Ecco/HarperCollins [21][28][29]

Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose


The Los Angeles Times – Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose has been awarded in partnership with the Christopher Isherwood Foundation since April 2017 (for 2016).[30]

The Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose winners
Year Author Title Publisher Ref.
2016 Wesley Lowery "They Can't Kill Us All": Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America's Racial Justice Movement Little, Brown and Company [12][30]
2017 Benjamin Taylor The Hue and Cry at Our House: A Year Remembered Penguin Books [13][30]
2018 Kiese Laymon Heavy: An American Memoir Scribner Book Company [14][30]
2019 Emily Bernard Black is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother's Time, My Mother's Time, and Mine Alfred A. Knopf [15][25][30]
2020 Andrew O'Hagan Mayflies [26][30]
2021 Deborah Levy Real Estate: A Living Autobiography Bloomsbury [17][18]
2022 Javier Zamora Solito: A Memoir. Hogarth Press [20][27]
2023 Claire Dederer Monsters: A Fan’s Dilemma Alfred A. Knopf [21]

Current interest

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest winners
Year Author Title Publisher Ref.
1980 Harrison Salisbury Without Fear or Favor New York Times Books
1981 Jacobo Timerman Prisoner without a Name, Cell without a Number Alfred A. Knopf
1982 Jonathan Schell The Fate of the Earth Alfred A. Knopf
1983 Walker Percy Lost in the Cosmos Farrar, Straus and Giroux
1984 Jane Jacobs Cities and the Wealth of Nations Random House
1985 Robert N. Bellah, Richard Madsen, William M. Sullivan, Ann Swidler and Steven M. Tipton Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life University of California Press
1986 Joseph Lelyveld Move Your Shadow: South Africa, Black and White Times Books
1987 Richard Dawkins The Blind Watchmaker W.W. Norton & Company
1988 William Greider Secrets of the Temple: How the Federal Reserve Runs the Country Simon & Schuster
1989 Taylor Branch Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954–1963 Simon & Schuster
1990 O. B. Hardison, Jr. Disappearing through the Skylight: Culture and Technology in the Twentieth Century Viking
1991 E. J. Dionne, Jr. Why Americans Hate Politics: The Death of the Democratic Process Simon & Schuster
1992 Francis Fukuyama The End of History and the Last Man The Free Press
1993 Peter Skerry Mexican Americans: The Ambivalent Minority The Free Press
1994 Henry Kissinger Diplomacy Simon & Schuster
1995 Gregory Howard Williams Life on the Color Line: The True Story of a White Boy Who Discovered He Was Black Dutton
1996 Peter Maass Love Thy Neighbor: A Story of War Alfred A. Knopf
1997 Anne Fadiman The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures Farrar, Straus and Giroux
1998 Philip Gourevitch We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families: Stories from Rwanda Farrar, Straus and Giroux
1999 Mitchell Duneier with Ovie Carter (photographer) Sidewalk Farrar, Straus and Giroux
2000 Frances FitzGerald Way Out There in the Blue: Reagan, Star Wars and the End of the Cold War Simon & Schuster
2001 Barbara Ehrenreich Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America Metropolitan Books / Henry Holt and Company [22]
2002 Judith Levine Harmful to Minors: The Perils of Protecting Children from Sex University of Minnesota Press
2003 Ross Terrill The New Chinese Empire - And What It Means for the United States Basic Books [31]
2004 Evan Wright Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America and the New Face of American War G.P. Putnam's Sons
2005 Anthony Shadid Night Draws Near: Iraq's People in the Shadow of America's War Henry Holt [2]
2006 Ian Buruma Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance Penguin Press [3]
2007 Elizabeth D. Samet Soldier's Heart: Reading Literature Through Peace and War at West Point Farrar, Straus and Giroux
2008 Barton Gellman Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency Penguin Press [4]
2009 Dave Eggers Zeitoun McSweeney's Books [5]
2010 Michael Lewis The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine W. W. Norton & Company [6]
2011 Daniel Kahneman Thinking, Fast and Slow Farrar, Straus and Giroux [7]
2012 Katherine Boo Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity Random House [8]
2013 Sheri Fink Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital Crown [9]
2014 Jeff Hobbs The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League Scribner [10]
2015 Sarah Chayes Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security W.W. Norton and Company
2016 Svetlana Alexievich with Bela Shayevich (trans.) Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets Random House [12]
2017 Nancy MacLean Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America Viking Press [13]
2018 Francisco Cantu The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches From the Border Riverhead Books [14]
2019 Emily Bazelon Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration Random House [15][25]
2020 Isabel Wilkerson Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents Random House [26]
2021 Adam Schiff Midnight in Washington: How We Almost Lost Our Democracy and Still Could Random House [17][18]
2022 Dahlia Lithwick Lady Justice: Women, the Law, and the Battle to Save America Penguin Press [20][27]
2023 Roxanna Asgarian We Were Once A Family: A Story of Love, Death, and Child Removal in America Farrar, Straus and Giroux [28][29]


Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction winners
Year Author Title Publisher Ref.
1980 Walker Percy The Second Coming Farrar, Straus and Giroux
1981 D.M. Thomas The White Hotel Viking
1982 Robert Stone A Flag for Sunrise Alfred A. Knopf
1983 Thomas Keneally Schindler's Ark Simon & Schuster
1984 Milan Kundera The Unbearable Lightness of Being Harper & Row
1985 Louise Erdrich Love Medicine Holt, Rinehart and Winston
1986 Margaret Atwood The Handmaid's Tale Houghton Mifflin
1987 James Welch Fools Crow Viking
1988 Gabriel García Marquez Love in the Time of Cholera Alfred A. Knopf
1989 Fay Weldon The Heart of the Country Viking
1990 Edna O'Brien Lantern Slides Farrar, Straus and Giroux
1991 Allan Gurganus White People Alfred A. Knopf
1992 Art Spiegelman Maus II, A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began Pantheon Books
1993 Barbara Kingsolver Pigs in Heaven HarperCollins
1994 David Malouf Remembering Babylon Pantheon Books
1995 William Boyd The Blue Afternoon Alfred A. Knopf
1996 Rohinton Mistry A Fine Balance Alfred A. Knopf
1997 James Carlos Blake In the Rogue Blood Avon Books
1998 W. G. Sebald with Michael Hulse (trans.) The Rings of Saturn New Directions
1999 Amit Chaudhuri Freedom Song: Three Novels Alfred A. Knopf
2000 David Means Assorted Fire Events Context Books
2001 Mary Robison Why Did I Ever Counterpoint [22]
2002 Ian McEwan Atonement Nan A. Talese/Doubleday
2003 Pete Dexter Train Doubleday [31]
2004 Colm Tóibín The Master Scribner
2005 Gabriel García Márquez with Edith Grossman (trans.) Memories of My Melancholy Whores Alfred A. Knopf [2]
2006 A. B. Yehoshua with Hillel Halkin (trans.) A Woman in Jerusalem Harcourt [3]
2007 Andrew O'Hagan Be Near Me Harcourt
2008 Marilynne Robinson Home Farrar, Straus and Giroux [4]
2009 Rafael Yglesias A Happy Marriage Scribner [5]
2010 Jennifer Egan A Visit from the Goon Squad Alfred A. Knopf [6]
2011 Alex Shakar Luminarium SOHO Press [7]
2012 Ben Fountain Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk HarperCollins Publishers / Ecco [8]
2013 Ruth Ozeki A Tale for the Time Being Viking [9]
2014 Siri Hustvedt The Blazing World Simon & Schuster [10]
2015 Valeria Luiselli The Story of My Teeth Coffee House Press
2016 Adam Haslett Imagine Me Gone Little, Brown and Company [12]
2017 Mohsin Hamid Exit West Riverhead Books [13]
2018 Rebecca Makkai The Great Believers Viking [14]
2019 Ben Lerner The Topeka School Farrar, Straus and Giroux [15][25]
2020 David Diop with Anna Moschovakis (trans.) At Night All Blood Is Black Farrar, Straus and Giroux [26]
2021 Véronique Tadjo In the Company of Men Don Quichotte [17][18]
2022 Mircea Cărtărescu with Sean Cotter (trans.) Solenoid Deep Vellum [27][20]
2023 Ed Park Same Bed Different Dreams Random House [28][29]

Graphic Novel/Comics

Los Angeles Book Prize for Graphic Novel winners
Year Author Title Publisher Ref.
2009 David Mazzucchelli Asterios Polyp Pantheon [5]
2010 Adam Hines Duncan the Wonder Dog: Show One AdHouse Books [6]
2011 Carla Speed McNeil Finder: Voice Dark Horse [7]
2012 Sammy Harkham Everything Together: Collected Stories PictureBox [8]
2013 Ulli Lust Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life Fantagraphics [9]
2014 Jaime Hernandez The Love Bunglers Fantagraphics [10]
2015 Riad Sattouf Arab of the Future: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1978–1984 Metropolitan Books
2016 Nick Drnaso Beverly Drawn & Quarterly [12]
2017 Leslie Stein Present Drawn & Quarterly [13]
2018 Tillie Walden On A Sunbeam First Second Books [14]
2019 Eleanor Davis The Hard Tomorrow Drawn & Quarterly [15]
2020 Bishakh Kumar Som Apsara Engine [16]
2021 R. Kikuo Johnson No One Else Fantagraphics [17][18]
2022 Jamila Rowser and Robyn Smith Wash Day Diaries [20]
2023 Emily Carroll A Guest in the House First Second Books [21]


Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History winners
Year Author Title Publisher Ref.
1980 Ronald Steel Walter Lippmann and the American Century Atlantic/Little, Brown and Co.
1981 Ray Allen Billington Land of Savagery/Land of Promise W.W. Norton & Company
1982 Jonathan D. Spence The Gate of Heavenly Peace: The Chinese and Their Revolution, 1895–1980 Viking
1983 Fernand Braudel The Wheels of Commerce Harper & Row
1984 Robert Darnton The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History Basic Books
1985 Evan S. Connell Son of the Morning Star: Custer and the Little Bighorn North Point Press
1986 Geoffrey Hosking The First Socialist Society: A History of the Soviet Union from Within Harvard University Press
1987 Robert Jay Lifton The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide [32]
1988 Eric Foner Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863–1877 Harper & Row
1989 Neal Gabler An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood Crown
1990 Richard Fletcher The Quest for El Cid Alfred A. Knopf
1991 Nicholas Lemann The Promised Land: The Great Black Migration and How It Changed America Alfred A. Knopf
1992 Alexander Stille Benevolence and Betrayal: Five Italian Jewish Families under Fascism Summit
1993 Anthony Grafton New Worlds, Ancient Texts: The Power of Tradition and the Shock of Discovery Harvard University Press
1994 George Chauncey Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890–1940 Basic Books
1995 Jackson Lears Fables of Abundance: A Cultural History of Advertising in America Basic Books
1996 Neal Ascherson Black Sea Hill & Wang
1997 Orlando Figes A People's Tragedy: A History of the Russian Revolution Viking
1998 Roy Porter The Greatest Benefit to Mankind: A Medical History of Humanity W.W. Norton & Company
1999 John W. Dower Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II W.W. Norton & Company
2000 Alice Kaplan The Collaborator: The Trial and Execution of Robert Brasillach University of Chicago Press
2001 Rick Perlstein Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus Hill and Wang Division/Farrar, Straus and Giroux [22]
2002 Michael B. Oren Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East Oxford University Press
2003 Henry Wiencek An Imperfect God: George Washington, His Slaves, and the Creation of America Farrar, Straus and Giroux
2004 Geoffrey R. Stone Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime from the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism W.W. Norton & Company
2005 Adam Hochschild Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves Houghton Mifflin [2]
2006 Lawrence Wright The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 Alfred A. Knopf [3]
2007 Tim Weiner Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA Doubleday
2008 Mark Mazower Hitler's Empire: How the Nazis Ruled Europe Penguin Press [4]
2009 Kevin Starr Golden Dreams: California in an Age of Abundance 1950–1963 Oxford University Press [5]
2010 Thomas Powers The Killing of Crazy Horse Alfred A. Knopf [6]
2011 Richard White Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America W.W. Norton & Company [7]
2012 Fergus M. Bordewich America's Great Debate: Henry Clay, Stephen A. Douglas, and the Compromise That Preserved the Union Simon & Schuster [8]
2013 Christopher Clark The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 HarperCollins [9]
2014 Adam Tooze The Deluge: The Great War, America and the Remaking of the Global Order, 1916–1931 Viking [10]
2015 Dan Ephron Killing a King: The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and the Remaking of Israel W.W. Norton & Company
2016 Benjamin Madley An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846–1873 Yale University Press [12]
2017 Dan Egan The Death and Life of the Great Lakes W.W. Norton & Company [13]
2018 Julia Boyd Travelers in the Third Reich: The Rise of Fascism: 1919–1945 Pegasus Books [14]
2019 Stephanie Jones-Rogers They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South Yale University Press [15]
2020 Martha S. Jones Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All Basic Books [26]
2021 Ada Ferrer Cuba: An American History Scribner [17][18]
2022 Margaret A. Burnham By Hands Now Known: Jim Crow’s Legal Executioners W.W. Norton & Company [20]
2023 Joya Chatterji Shadows at Noon: The South Asian Twentieth Century [28][29]


Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller winners
Year Author Title Publisher Ref.
2000 Val McDermid A Place of Execution St. Martin's Press/Minotaur
2001 T. Jefferson Parker Silent Joe Hyperion [22]
2002 George P. Pelecanos Hell to Pay Little, Brown and Company
2003 George P. Pelecanos Soul Circus Little, Brown and Company
2004 Kem Nunn Tijuana Straits Scribner
2005 Robert Littell Legends: A Novel of Dissimulation Overlook Press [2]
2006 Michael Connelly Echo Park [3]
2007 Karin Fossum with Charlotte Barslund (trans.) The Indian Bride Harcourt
2008 Michael Koryta Envy the Night Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's /Minotaur [4]
2009 Stuart Neville The Ghosts of Belfast SOHO Press [5]
2010 Tom Franklin Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter William Morrow and Co. [6]
2011 Stephen King 11/22/63 Scribner [7]
2012 Tana French Broken Harbor Viking [8]
2013 Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling) The Cuckoo's Calling Mulholland Books/Little, Brown and Company [9]
2014 Tom Bouman Dry Bones in the Valley W.W. Norton and Company [10]
2015 Don Winslow The Cartel Alfred A. Knopf
2016 Bill Beverly Dodgers Crown [12]
2017 Joyce Carol Oates A Book of American Martyrs Ecco [13]
2018 Oyinkan Braithwaite My Sister, the Serial Killer Viking [14]
2019 Steph Cha Your House Will Pay Ecco [15][25]
2020 S. A. Cosby Blacktop Wasteland Flatiron Books [26]
2021 Megan Abbott The Turnout G.P. Putnam’s Sons [17][18]
2022 Alex Segura Secret Identity: A Novel Flatiron Books [27][20]
2023 Ivy Pochoda Sing Her Down Farrar, Straus and Giroux [28][29]


Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry winners
Year Author Title Publisher Ref.
1980 Robert Kelly Kill the Messenger Black Sparrow
1981 Ntozake Shange Three Pieces St. Martin's Press
1982 Allen Ginsberg Plutonian Ode and Other Poems, 1977–1980 City Lights
1983 James Merrill The Changing Light at Sandover Atheneum
1984 Charles Olson The Maximus Poems University of California Press
1985 X.J. Kennedy Cross Ties University of Georgia Press
1986 Derek Walcott Collected Poems, 1948–1984 Farrar, Straus and Giroux
1987 William Meredith Partial Accounts: New and Selected Poems Alfred A. Knopf
1988 Richard Wilbur New and Collected Poems Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
1989 Donald Hall The One Day: A Poem in Three Parts Ticknor & Fields/ Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
1990 John Caddy The Color of Mesabi Bones Milkweed
1991 Philip Levine What Work Is Alfred A. Knopf
1992 Adrienne Rich An Atlas of the Difficult World: Poems 1988-1991 W.W. Norton & Company
1993 Mark Doty My Alexandria University of Illinois Press
1994 Carolyn Forché The Angel of History HarperCollins
1995 Robert Pinsky The Inferno of Dante Farrar, Straus and Giroux
1996 Alan Shapiro Mixed Company The University of Chicago Press
1997 Charles Wright Black Zodiac Farrar, Straus and Giroux
1998 Alice Notley Mysteries of Small Houses Penguin Press
1999 C. K. Williams Repair: Poems Farrar, Straus and Giroux
2000 Gjertrud Schnackenberg The Throne of Labdacus Farrar, Straus and Giroux
2001 Anne Carson The Beauty of the Husband: A Fictional Essay in 29 Tangos Alfred A. Knopf [22]
2002 Cynthia Zarin The Watercourse: Poems Alfred A. Knopf
2003 Anthony Hecht Collected Later Poems Alfred A. Knopf
2004 Richard Howard Inner Voices: Selected Poems, 1963–2003 Farrar, Straus and Giroux
2005 Jack Gilbert Refusing Heaven: Poems Alfred A. Knopf [2]
2006 Frederick Seidel Ooga-Booga Farrar, Straus and Giroux [3]
2007 Stanley Plumly Old Heart: Poems W.W. Norton & Company
2008 Frank Bidart Watching the Spring Festival: Poems Farrar, Straus and Giroux [4]
2009 Brenda Hillman Practical Water Wesleyan University Press [5]
2010 Maxine Kumin Where I Live: New & Selected Poems 1990–2010 W.W. Norton & Company [6]
2011 Carl Phillips Double Shadow: Poems Farrar, Straus and Giroux [7]
2012 Louise Glück Poems 1962–2012 Farrar, Straus and Giroux [8]
2013 Ron Padgett Collected Poems Coffee House Press [9]
2014 Claudia Rankine Citizen: An American Lyric Graywolf Press [10]
2015 Jorie Graham From the New World: Poems 1976–2014 Ecco/HarperCollins
2016 Rosmarie Waldrop Gap Gardening: Selected Poems New Directions [12]
2017 Patricia Smith Incendiary Art: Poems TriQuarterly/Northwestern University Press [13][33]
2018 Carl Phillips Wild is the Wind: Poems Farrar, Straus and Giroux [14]
2019 Ilya Kaminsky Deaf Republic: Poems Graywolf Press [15][25]
2020 Victoria Chang Obit [26]
2021 Diane Seuss frank: sonnets Graywolf Press [17][18]
2022 Dionne Brand Nomenclature: New and Collected Poems Duke University Press [27][20]
2023 Airea D. Matthews Bread and Circus: Poems Scribner [21]

Ray Bradbury Prize for Science Fiction, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction

The Ray Bradbury Prize for Science Fiction, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction winners
Year Author Title Publisher Ref.
2019 Marlon James Black Leopard, Red Wolf [15][34]
2020 Stephen Graham Jones The Only Good Indians [26]
2021 Zen Cho Spirits Abroad: Stories Small Beer [17][18]
2022 Nicola Griffith Spear [20]
2023 Tananarive Due The Reformatory Saga Press [21]

Science and technology

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology winners
Year Author Title Publisher Ref.
1989 Frans de Waal Peacemaking among Primates Harvard University Press
1990 Jane S. Smith Patenting the Sun: Polio and the Salk Vaccine William Morrow and Co.
1991 Grigori Medvedev The Truth About Chernobyl Basic Books
1992 Jared Diamond The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal HarperCollins
1993 Daniel McNeill and Paul Freiberger Fuzzy Logic: The Discovery of a Revolutionary Computer Technology -- and How It Is Changing Our World Simon & Schuster
1994 Jonathan Weiner The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time Alfred A. Knopf
1995 Edward O. Wilson Naturalist Island Press
1996 Carl Sagan The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark Random House
1997 Steven Pinker How the Mind Works W.W. Norton & Company
1998 Douglas Starr Blood: An Epic History of Medicine and Commerce Alfred A. Knopf
1999 Dava Sobel Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith and Love Walker and Company
2000 James Le Fanu, M.D. The Rise and Fall of Modern Medicine Carroll & Graf
2001 Richard Hamblyn The Invention of Clouds: How an Amateur Meteorologist Forged the Language of the Skies Farrar, Straus and Giroux [22]
2002 Brenda Maddox Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA HarperCollins
2003 Philip J. Hilts Protecting America’s Health: The FDA, Business, and One Hundred Years of Regulation Alfred A. Knopf
2004 Charles Wohlforth The Whale and the Supercomputer: On the Northern Front of Climate Change North Point Press / Farrar, Straus and Giroux
2005 Diana Preston Before the Fallout: From Marie Curie to Hiroshima Walker & Company [2]
2006 Eric R. Kandel In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind W.W. Norton & Company [3]
2007 Douglas Hofstadter I Am a Strange Loop Basic Books
2008 Leonard Susskind The Black Hole War: My Battle with Stephen Hawking to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics Little, Brown and Company [4]
2009 Graham Farmelo The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom Basic Books/Perseus Book Group [5]
2010 Oren Harman The Price of Altruism: George Price and the Search for the Origins of Kindness W.W. Norton & Company [6]
2011 Sylvia Nasar Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius Simon & Schuster [7]
2012 Florence Williams Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History W.W. Norton & Company [8]
2013 Alan Weisman Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth? Little, Brown and Company [9]
2014 Elizabeth Kolbert The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History Henry Holt & Co [10]
2015 Andrea Wulf The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World Alfred A. Knopf
2016 Luke Dittrich Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets Random House [12]
2017 Robert Sapolsky Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst Penguin Books [13]
2018 Beth Macy Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America Little, Brown and Company [14]
2019 Maria Popova Figuring Pantheon [15][25]
2020 Sara Seager The Smallest Lights in the Universe: A Memoir Crown [26]
2021 Chanda Prescod-Weinstein The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred Bold Type Books [17][18]
2022 Sabrina Imbler How Far the Light Reaches: A Life in Ten Sea Creatures Little, Brown and Company [27][20]
2023 Eugenia Cheng Is Math Real? How Simple Questions Lead Us To Mathematics’ Deepest Truths. [28][29]

Young adult literature

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature winners
Year Author Title Publisher Ref.
1998 Joan Bauer Rules of the Road G.P. Putnam's Sons
1999 Robert Cormier Frenchtown Summer Delacorte Press
2000 Jacqueline Woodson Miracle's Boys G.P. Putnam's Son
2001 Mildred D. Taylor The Land Phyllis Fogelman Books / G.P. Putnam's Sons
2002 M. T. Anderson Feed Candlewick Press
2003 Jennifer Donnelly A Northern Light Harcourt Children's Books
2004 Melvin Burgess Doing It Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
2005 Per Nilsson with Tara Chace (trans.) You & You & You Front Street/Boyds Mills Press [2]
2006 Coe Booth Tyrell Push / Scholastic [3]
2007 Philip Reeve A Darkling Plain Scholastic
2008 Terry Pratchett Nation HarperCollins [4]
2009 Elizabeth Partridge Marching for Freedom: Walk Together Children and Don’t You Grow Weary Viking Children's Books/Penguin Group [5]
2010 Megan Whalen Turner A Conspiracy of Kings Greenwillow/HarperCollins [6]
2011 Pete Hautman The Big Crunch Scholastic [7]
2012 A. S. King Ask the Passengers Little, Brown and Company [8]
2013 Gene Yang Boxers and Saints First Second/Macmillan [9]
2014 Candace Fleming The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia Schwartz & Wade/Random House Children's [10]
2015 Marilyn Nelson My Seneca Village Namelos
2016 Frances Hardinge The Lie Tree Harry N. Abrams [12]
2017 Jason Reynolds Long Way Down [13]
2018 Elizabeth Acevedo The Poet X HarperTeen [14]
2019 Malla Nunn When the Ground is Hard G.P. Putnam [15][35]
2020 Yusef Salaam and Ibi Zoboi Punching the Air Balzer + Bray [16]
2021 Rita Williams-Garcia A Sitting in St. James Quill Tree Books/HarperCollins Children’s Books [17][18]
2022 Lyn Miller-Lachmann Torch [20]
2023 Amber McBride Gone Wolf Feiwel & Friends [21]

Innovator's Award

Innovator's Award winners
Year Author Ref.
2009 Dave Eggers [5]
2010 Powell's Books, bookstore [6]
2011 Figment, self-publishing platform [7]
2012 Margaret Atwood [8]
2013 John Green
2014 LeVar Burton [10]
2015 James Patterson
2016 Rueben Martinez
2017 Glory Edim
2018 Library of America
2019 WriteGirl [25]
2020 Book Industry Charitable Foundation [26]
2021 Reginald Dwayne Betts [17]
2022 Freedom to Read Foundation [20][27]

Robert Kirsch Award

The Robert Kirsch Award winners
Year Author Ref.
1980 Wallace Stegner
1981 Wright Morris
1982 Ross Macdonald
1983 M. F. K. Fisher
1984 Christopher Isherwood
1985 Janet Lewis
1986 Kay Boyle
1987 Paul Horgan
1988 Thom Gunn
1989 Karl Shapiro
1990 Czeslaw Milosz
1991 Ken Kesey
1992 Diane Johnson
1993 Carolyn See
1994 Brian Moore
1995 Stephen J. Pyne
1996 Gary Snyder
1997 Ray Bradbury
1998 John Sanford
1999 Ursula K. Le Guin
2000 Lawrence Ferlinghetti
2001 Tillie Olsen
2002 Larry McMurtry
2003 Ishmael Reed
2004 Tony Hillerman
2005 Joan Didion [2]
2006 William Kittredge
2007 Maxine Hong Kingston
2008 Robert Alter [4]
2009 Evan S. Connell [5]
2010 Beverly Cleary [6]
2011 Rudolfo Anaya [7]
2012 Kevin Starr [8]
2013 Susan Straight [9]
2014 TC Boyle [10]
2015 Juan Felipe Herrera
2016 Thomas McGuane
2017 John Rechy
2018 Terry Tempest Williams
2019 Walter Mosley [25]
2020 Leslie Marmon Silko
2021 Luis J. Rodriguez [17]
2022 James Ellroy [20][27]


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