Friday, April 17, 2020


The Los Angeles Times Book Prizes Winners were just announced. The literary awards continue to champion new voices and celebrate the highest quality of writing from authors at all stages of their careers.

2019 Book Prizes Winners
  • Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction: Namwali Serpell, “The Old Drift: A Novel,” Hogarth
  • Biography: George Packer, “Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century,” Knopf
  • Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose: Emily Bernard, “Black Is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time, and Mine,” Knopf
  • Current Interest: Emily Bazelon, “Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration,” Random House
  • Fiction: Ben Lerner, “The Topeka School: A Novel,” Farrar, Straus, Giroux
  • Graphic Novel/Comics: Eleanor Davis, “The Hard Tomorrow,” Drawn & Quarterly
  • History: Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers, “They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South,” Yale University Press
  • Mystery/Thriller: Steph Cha, “Your House Will Pay: A Novel,” Ecco
  • Poetry: Ilya Kaminsky, “Deaf Republic: Poems,” Graywolf Press
  • Ray Bradbury Prize for Science Fiction, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction: Marlon James, “Black Leopard, Red Wolf” (The Dark Star Trilogy Book 1), Riverhead
  • Science & Technology: Maria Popova, “Figuring,” Knopf
  • Young Adult Literature: Malla Nunn, “When the Ground is Hard,” G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
The Book Prizes recognized outstanding literary works in 12 categories, including the new Ray Bradbury Prize for Science Fiction, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction. Walter Mosley was honored with the Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement, and WriteGirl received the Innovator’s Award for its contributions to the community, promoting literacy and creativity to empower girls.

The Book Prizes awards ceremony is traditionally part of the Festival of Books weekend, but the springtime events were cancelled in light of public health concerns related to the coronavirus. The Festival of Books was rescheduled to Oct. 3-4 at USC. Festival of Books news and updates are available on the event website, Facebook page and Twitter feed (#bookfest).

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