Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalists

LASaturday, April 9, 2016
Bovard Auditorium, USC campus

Since 1980, the LA Times Book Prizes have honored the previous year’s best books and their authors. This year’s ceremony — the 36th annual — will be held at Bovard Auditorium on the USC campus.

2015 Innovator’s Award Winner

James Patterson
James Patterson has left a singular mark on the literary community through his writing for adults and young people, as well as through his efforts to make books and reading a national priority. His support of libraries, independent bookstores, booksellers, teachers and students is unsurpassed with millions of dollars in grants and scholarships going toward encouraging Americans to read and supporting those who foster reading. A feature film based on his bestselling Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life series is set for release this fall.

2015 Robert Kirsch Award Winner

Juan Felipe Herrera
Juan Felipe Herrera’s literary contributions include poetry, prose, young adult novels and children’s literature, and his work in all artistic forms highlights a life dedicated to giving voice to those who are not always heard.

2015 Finalist


  • Terry Alford, Fortune’s Fool: The Life of John Wilkes Booth, Oxford University Press
  • Hayden Herrera, Listening to Stone: The Art and Life of Isamu Noguchi, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Charlotte DeCroes Jacobs, Jonas Salk: A Life, Oxford University Press
  • Patrick McGilligan, Young Orson: The Years of Luck and Genius on the Path to Citizen Kane, HarperCollins
  • John Norris, Mary McGrory The First Queen of Journalism, Viking

Current Interest

  • Sarah Chayes, Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security, W. W. Norton and Company
  • Joe Domanick, Blue: The LAPD and the Battle to Redeem American Policing, Simon & Schuster
  • Sam Quinones, Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic, Bloomsbury Press
  • Sandy Tolan, Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land, Bloomsbury USA
  • Stephen Witt, How Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, the Turn of the Century, and the Patient Zero of Piracy, Viking


  • Anne Enright, The Green Road, W. W. Norton and Company
  • James Hannaham, Delicious Foods, Little, Brown and Company
  • Adam Johnson, Fortune Smiles, Random House
  • Valeria Luiselli, Translated by Christina MacSweeney, The Story of My Teeth, Coffee House Press
  • Helen Phillips, Beautiful Bureaucrat, Henry Holt and Co.

Graphic Novel/Comics

  • Sam Alden, New Construction: Two More Stories, Uncivlized Books
  • Julian Hanshaw, Tim Ginger, Top Shelf Productions, an imprint of IDW Publishing
  • Riad Sattouf, Arab of the Future: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1978-1984: A Graphic Memoir, Metropolitan Books
  • Maggie Thrash, Honor Girl: A Graphic Memoir, Candlewick
  • Carol Tyler, Soldier’s Heart: The Campaign to Understand My WWII Veteran Father: A Daughter’s Memoir (You’ll Never Know), Fantagraphics


  • Mary Beard, SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome, Liveright/W. W. Norton and Compan
  • Jonathan M. Bryant, Dark Places of the Earth: The Voyage of the Slave Ship Antelope, Liveright/W. W. Norton and Company
  • Dan Ephron, Killing a King: The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and the Remaking of Israel, W. W. Norton and Company
  • David Maraniss, Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story , Simon & Schuster
  • Mark Molesky, This Gulf of Fire: The Destruction of Lisbon, or Apocalypse in the Age of Science and Reason, Alfred A. Knopf

Mystery / Thriller

  • Lou Berney, The Long and Faraway Gone, William Morrow
  • Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Sympathizer, Grove Press
  • Brian Panowich, Bull Mountain, G.P. Putnam’s Sons
  • Richard Price, The Whites, Picador
  • Don Winslow, The Cartel, Alfred A. Knopf


  • Rick Barot, Chord, Sarabande Books
  • Jorie Graham, From the New World: Poems 1976-2014, Ecco/HarperCollins
  • Robin Coste Lewis, Voyage of the Sable Venus, Alfred A. Knopf
  • Fiona Sze-Lorrain, The Ruined Elegance, Princeton University Press
  • Jean Valentine, Shirt in Heaven, Copper Canyon Press

Science & Technology

  • John Markoff, Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots, Ecco/HarperCollins
  • David J. Morris, The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Beth Shapiro, How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction, Princeton University Press
  • Jonathan Waldman, Rust: The Longest War, Simon & Schuster
  • Andrea Wulf, The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World, Alfred A. Knopf

The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction

  • Sarah Gerard, Binary Star, Two Dollar Radio
  • Ben Metcalf, Against the Country, Random House
  • Sara Novic, Girl at War, Random House
  • Chigozie Obioma, The Fishermen, Little, Brown and Company
  • Andrew Roe, The Miracle Girl, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill

Young Adult Literature

  • Don Brown, Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers
  • Marilyn Nelson, My Seneca Village, namelos
  • Jason Reynolds, The Boy in the Black Suit, Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Laura Amy Schlitz, The Hired Girl, Candlewick
  • Steve Sheinkin, Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War, Roaring Brook Press

For more information om the awards and how you can attend click here.



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