Saturday, April 22, 2023


The winners
of the 43rd Los Angeles Times Book Prizes were announced yesterday. 

Winners in three special categories previously announced. 
James Ellroy: Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement
The American Library Assn.’s Freedom to Read Foundation: Innovator’s Award
Javier ZamoraChristopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose. 

Ellroy, who will accept the Robert Kirsch Award for bodies of work focused on the American West, is best known for his L.A.-based crime novels such as “L.A. Confidential” and “The Black Dahlia” — both part of his bestselling L.A. Quartet. Ellroy also has written an investigative memoir, “My Dark Places,” as well as dozens of novels, many of them adapted into films, graphic novels and podcasts. “We are pleased to recognize L.A. noir iconoclast James Ellroy with this year’s Kirsch Award,” said Times Books Editor Boris Kachka. “James’ writing life was shaped by the tragic, unsolved murder of his mother when he was 10, fostering an obsession with crime and the underworld that has animated his fiction and nonfiction across the decades.” 

Of particular interest to readers of this blog:. Congratulations to all


Alex Segura, Secret Identity 

Also Nominated
Rachel Howzell Hall, We Lie Here: A Thriller 
Laurie R. King, Back to the Garden 
Tracey Lien, All That’s Left Unsaid 
Peng Shepherd, The Cartographers 


Beverly Gage, G-Man: J. Edgar Hoover and the Making of the American Century

The Ray Bradbury Prize for Science Fiction, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction

Nicola Griffith, Spear

See Winners in all Categories here

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