And the L.A. Times Book Prize winners are...


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The ceremony has just ended at UCLA’s Royce Hall, and the winners of the 2007 L.A. Times Book Prizes are:

Novelist Maxine Hong Kingston won this year’s Robert Kirsch Award, which honors a living author with a connection to the American West whose works have made a substantial contribution to American letters.


Biography: Simon Sebag Montefiore, ‘Young Stalin’

Current Interest: Elizabeth D. Samet, ‘Soldier’s Heart: Reading Literature Through Peace and War at West Point’

Fiction: Andrew O’Hagan, ‘Be Near Me’

Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction: Dinaw Mengestu, ‘The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears’

History: Tim Weiner, ‘Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA’

Mystery/Thriller: Karin Fossum (translated by Charlotte Barslund), ‘The Indian Bride’

Poetry: Stanley Plumly, ‘Old Heart: Poems’

Science & Technology: Douglas Hofstadter, ‘I Am a Strange Loop’

Young Adult Fiction: Philip Reeve, ‘A Darkling Plain (The Hungry City Chronicles)’

-- Carolyn Kellogg