Los Angeles Times Book Prize

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David Eggers, double winner of the Book Prize in 2009

Since 1980, the Los Angeles Times has awarded a set of annual book prizes. The Prizes "currently have nine single-title 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, whose contribution to American letters deserves special recognition.".[1] It is named in honor of Robert Kirsch, the Los Angeles Times book critic from 1952 until his death in 1980; he had the idea to establish the book prizes.

The Book Prize program was founded by Art Seidenbaum, a Los Angeles Times book editor from 1978 to 1985. An award named for him 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 $1,000. The prizes are presented the day before the annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.

History and sources[edit]

  • 2002 The awards were made at UCLA's Royce Hall.[2]
  • 2013 The finalists were announced on February 19,[3] and the winners were announced on April 11, 2014.[4]



Current interest[edit]




Science and technology[edit]


Young adult literature[edit]

The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction[edit]

Graphic Novel[edit]

The Robert Kirsch Award[edit]

Innovator’s Award[edit]

The Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.latimes.com/extras/bookprizes/index.html Los Angeles Times Book Prizes home page
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-01-04. Retrieved 2014-03-25.
  3. ^ Carolyn Kellogg (February 19, 2014). "Announcing the L.A. Times Book Prize finalists for 2013". LA Times. Retrieved April 14, 2014.
  4. ^ Carolyn Kellogg (April 11, 2014). "Jacket Copy: The winners of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes are ..." LA Times. Retrieved April 14, 2014.
  5. ^ Zahniser, David. "Los Angeles Times book prizes awarded to literary veterans, emerging authors". LATimes.com. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  6. ^ The Los Angeles Times - Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose

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