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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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