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.
The complete list of winners is below:
- Biography: “Napoleon: A Life” by Andrew Roberts
- Current Interest: “The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League” by Jeff Hobbs
- Fiction: “The Blazing World” by Siri Hustvedt
- Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction: “Faces in the Crowd” by Valeria Luiselli
- Graphic Novel/Comics: “The Love Bunglers” by Jaime Hernandez
- History: “The Deluge: The Great War, America and the Remaking of the Global Order, 1916-1931” by Adam Tooze
- Mystery/Thriller: “Dry Bones in the Valley” by Tom Bouman
- Poetry: “Citizen: An American Lyric” by Claudia Rankine
- Science and Technology: “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History” by Elizabeth Kolbert
- Young Adult Literature: “The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia” by Candace Fleming