Los Angeles Times Book Prizes To Be Awarded 4/18

The 35th annual “Los Angeles Times Book Prizes” will be awarded Saturday, April 18th for best books of 2014, recognized in ten categories and the winners of the 2014 Robert Kirsch and Innovator’s Awards will be celebrated. The Public can purchase tickets to enjoy the suspense and surprises for $10.

Where: Bovard Auditorium, USC Campus

Date: Saturday, April 18

Time: 6:30 pm

Awards and Category Nominees 

2015 Robert Kirsch Award Winner

Note: Robert Kirsch, whose idea became the inspiration for the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, was the newspaper’s book critic from 1952 until his death in 1980. In addition to writing criticism, Kirsch was a novelist, editor and teacher.

  • T.C. Boyle

2014 Innovator’s Award Winner

  • LeVar Burton


  • Adam Begley, Updike
  • Robert M. Dowling, Eugene O’Neill: A Life in Four Acts
  • Kirstin Downey, Isabella: The Warrior Queen
  • Stephen Kotkin, Stalin: Volume 1 – Paradoxes of Power 1878-1928
  • Andrew Roberts, Napoleon: A Life

Current Interest

  • Atul Gawande, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
  • Jeff Hobbs, The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League
  • Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
  • Matt Taibbi, The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap
  • Héctor Tobar, Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free


  • Donald Antrim, The Emerald Light in the Air: Stories
  • Jesse Ball, Silence Once Begun
  • Siri Hustvedt, The Blazing World
  • Jenny Offill, Dept. of Speculation
  • Helen Oyeyemi, Boy, Snow, Bird

The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction

  • Diane Cook, Man V. Nature: Stories
  • John Darnielle, Wolf in White Van
  • Valeria Luiselli, Christina Macsweeney (Translator), Faces in the Crowd
  • Eimear McBride, A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing
  • David James Poissant, The Heaven of Animals: Stories

Graphic Novel/Comics

  • Roz Chast, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? A Memoir
  • Jaime Hernandez, The Love Bunglers
  • Mana Neyestani, An Iranian Metamorphosis
  • Olivier Schrauwen, Arsène Schrauwen
  • Mariko Tamaki (Author), Jillian Tamaki (Illustrator), This One Summer


  • Judith Flanders, The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens’ London
  • Mark Harris, Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War
  • Walter Isaacson, The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
  • Adam Tooze, The Deluge: The Great War, America and the Remaking of the Global Order, 1916-1931
  • Lawrence Wright, Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David


  • Tom Bouman, Dry Bones in the Valley
  • Peter Heller, The Painter
  • Laura Lippman, After I’m Gone
  • Shawn Lawrence Otto, Sins of Our Fathers
  • Peter Swanson, The Girl With a Clock for a Heart


  • Gillian Conoley, Peace
  • Katie Ford, Blood Lyrics: Poems
  • Peter Gizzi, In Defense of Nothing: Selected Poems, 1987-2011
  • Fred Moten, The Feel Trio
  • Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric

Science & Technology

  • Michael Benson, Cosmigraphics: Picturing Space Through Time
  • Martin J. Blaser, MD, Missing Microbes, How the overuse of antibiotics is fueling our modern plagues
  • Naomi Klein, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate
  • Elizabeth Kolbert, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
  • Christian Rudder, Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking)

Young Adult Literature

  • Paul Fleischman, Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines
  • Candace Fleming, The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia
  • E.K. Johnston, The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim
  • Andrew Smith, Grasshopper Jungle
  • Jacqueline Woodson, Brown Girl Dreaming

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