By CAROLYN KELLOGG
The 35th annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes were awarded Saturday night at USC’s Bovard Auditorium. The winners in 10 categories included one of Southern California’s signature artists, Jaime Hernandez; Elizabeth Kolbert’s story of the Anthropocene age; and Claudia Rankine’s poetry collection “Citizen,” an achingly contemporary meditation on race.
Two previously announced awards were also presented at the ceremony. Actor LeVar Burton received the Innovator’s Award for Reading Rainbow, which he hosted on television, turned into an app and is producing as a tool for at-risk kids. Author T.C. Boyle was awarded the 2014 Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement for writers of the West.