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    Here are the winners of this year’s LA Times Book Prizes.

    Corinne Segal

    April 25, 2022, 12:00pm

    This marks the 42nd year of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, which are “dedicated to discovering new voices and celebrating the highest quality of writing across the spectrum of book publishing” and were awarded at a ceremony Friday at the University of Southern California.

    In addition to celebrating the books below, the ceremony honored Luis J. Rodriguez with the Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement and Reginald Dwayne Betts with the Innovator’s Award for his advocacy work with incarcerated writers. You can watch the full ceremony here.

    Congratulations to the winners!


    Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction


    Jackie Polzin, Brood: A Novel



    burning boy

    Paul Auster, Burning Boy: The Life and Work of Stephen Crane
    (Henry Holt & Company)


    Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose

    Real Estate

    Deborah Levy, Real Estate: A Living Autobiography


    Current Interest

    Midnight in Washington

    Adam Schiff, Midnight in Washington: How We Almost Lost Our Democracy and Still Could
    (Random House)



    In the Company of Men

    Véronique Tadjo, In the Company of Men
    (Other Press)


    Graphic Novel/Comics

    No One Else

    R. Kikuo Johnson, No One Else




    Ada Ferrer, Cuba: An American History




    Megan Abbott, The Turnout: A Novel
    (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)



    frank sonnets

    Diane Seuss, frank: sonnets
    (Graywolf Press)


    Ray Bradbury Prize for Science Fiction, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction

    spirits abroad

    Zen Cho, Spirits Abroad: Stories
    (Small Beer Press)


    Science & Technology

    The Disordered Cosmos

    Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred
    (Bold Type Books)


    Young Adult Literature

    A Sitting in St. James

    Rita Williams-Garcia, A Sitting in St. James
    (Quill Tree Books/HarperCollins Children’s Books)

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