Los Angeles Times Book Prizes Winners Announced

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Terry Tempest Williams, Library of America among honorees

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BookPrizes?src=hash" target="_blank"gt;#BookPrizeslt;/agt;–The 39th annual Los
Angeles Times Book Prizes
were awarded tonight at the University of
Southern California’s Bovard Auditorium. The Book Prizes are committed
to literary excellence, championing new voices and celebrating the
highest quality of writing from authors at all stages of their careers.

The ceremony recognized 11 outstanding literary works published last
year. Terry Tempest Williams was honored with the Robert Kirsch Award
for lifetime achievement, and Library of America received the
Innovator’s Award for its contributions to America’s cultural heritage
by preserving the nation’s writing and making it widely available. A
complete list of this year’s Book Prizes winners follows.

Book Prizes Winners

  • Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction: Nafissa
    Thompson-Spires, “Heads of the Colored People,” Atria / 37 INK
  • Biography: David W. Blight, “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of
    Freedom,” Simon and Schuster
  • Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose: Kiese
    Laymon, “Heavy: An American Memoir,” Scribner
  • Current Interest: Francisco Cantú, “The Line Becomes a River:
    Dispatches from the Border,” Riverhead Books
  • Fiction: Rebecca Makkai, “The Great Believers: A Novel,” Viking
  • Graphic Novel/Comics: Tillie Walden, “On a Sunbeam,” First
  • History: Julia Boyd, “Travelers In The Third Reich: The Rise of
    Fascism 1919-1945,” Pegasus Books
  • Mystery/Thriller: Oyinkan Braithwaite, “My Sister, the Serial
    Killer,” Doubleday
  • Poetry: Carl Phillips, “Wild is the Wind: Poems,” Farrar,
    Straus and Giroux
  • Science & Technology: Beth Macy, “Dopesick: Dealers,
    Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America,” Little, Brown
    and Company
  • Young Adult Literature: Elizabeth Acevedo, “The Poet X,”

The Book Prizes ceremony is a prologue to the Los Angeles Times Festival
of Books, the nation’s largest literary and cultural festival. This
year’s 24th annual festival will bring together more than 500 writers,
musicians, artists and chefs, hundreds of exhibitors and an expected
1500,000 attendees on the USC campus.

The complete list of 2018 Book Prizes finalists and previous winners is
available at latimes.com/BookPrizes,
as is eligibility and judging information. The Book Prizes are supported
by the Los Angeles Times Reading by 9 Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity.
Contributions made to the Book Prizes through the Reading by 9 Fund will
be used to continue the awards’ mission and support future programs,
writers and judges.

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is presented in association with
USC. The festival’s charity partner is Access
. Festival of Books news and updates are available on the event website,
and Twitter


Vanessa Curwen

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