Skip to content
Los Angeles Times Names Book Prize Winners
LOS ANGELES, April 28, 2003 --The Los Angeles Times Book Prizes presented its annual Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement to Larry McMurtry, author of 25 novels including the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Lonesome Dove" and "Terms of Endearment," of which the movie version won an Academy Award.
McMurtry's works also include "Sin Killer," "Horseman, Pass By," "The Last Picture Show," "In a Narrow Grave: Essays on Texas," "Desert Rose," "Texasville," "Streets of Laredo," "Dead Man's Walk," "Comanche Moon" and "Crazy Horse." He lives in Archer City, Texas.
McMurtry and nine other Book Prize winners were honored during the 23rd annual awards ceremony held Saturday evening, April 26, at UCLA's Royce Hall. Each winner will receive a $1,000 cash award.
The Robert Kirsch Award, presented by author Jonathan Kirsch, recognizes the body of work of an author who resides in and/or whose work focuses on the Western United States and whose contributions to American letters merit body-of-work recognition. There are no finalists for the Robert Kirsch Award.
The late Robert Kirsch served as The Times' book critic for more than 25 years prior to his death in 1980. He was a novelist, editor and teacher as well as one of the nation's foremost book critics.
Award-winning author A. Scott Berg served as ceremony emcee. Berg is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and author of the highly-acclaimed biographies "Lindbergh," "Max Perkins: Editor of Genius" and "Goldwyn."
Book Prize winners
Biography Robert A. Caro, "Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Vol. 3" (Alfred A. Knopf). Presented by Eric Lax.
Current Interest Judith Levine, "Harmful to Minors: The Perils of Protecting Children from Sex" ( University of Minnesota Press). Presented by George Plimpton.
Fiction Ian McEwan, "Atonement" (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday). Presented by John Rechy.
First Fiction (Art Seidenbaum Award) Arthur Phillips, "Prague" (Random House). Presented by Susan Straight.
History Michael B. Oren, "Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East" (Oxford University Press). Presented by Ronald Steel.
Mystery/Thriller George P. Pelecanos, "Hell to Pay" (Little, Brown and Company). Presented by T. Jefferson Parker.
Poetry Cynthia Zarin, "The Watercourse: Poems" (Alfred A. Knopf). Presented by Quincy Troupe.
Science and Technology Brenda Maddox, "Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA" (HarperCollins Publishers). Presented by Dava Sobel.
Young Adult Fiction M.T. Anderson, "Feed" (Candlewick Press). Presented by Gayle Anderson.
Book Prize Finalists
Gioconda Belli, "The Country under My Skin: A Memoir of Love and War" [translated from the original Spanish by Kristina Cordero with the author] (Alfred A. Knopf)
Daniel Ellsberg, "Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers" (Viking)
T.J. Stiles, " Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War" (Alfred A. Knopf)
Claire Tomalin, " Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self" (Alfred A. Knopf)
Timothy Ferris, "Seeing in the Dark: How Backyard Stargazers Are Probing Deep Space and Guarding Earth from Interplanetary Peril" (Simon & Schuster)
Nicolaus Mills and Kira Brunner (editors), "The New Killing Fields: Massacre and the Politics of Intervention" (Basic Books)
Kevin Phillips, "Wealth and Democracy: A Political History of the American Rich" (Broadway Books)
Samantha Power, "A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide" (Basic Books)
Peter Cameron, "The City of Your Final Destination" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Aleksandar Hemon, "Nowhere Man" (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday)
Kate Jennings, "Moral Hazard" (Fourth Estate/HarperCollins)
Joanna Scott, "Tourmaline" (Little, Brown and Company)
Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction
Jay Basu, "The Stars Can Wait" ( Henry Holt and Company)
Jonathan Safran Foer, "Everything Is Illuminated" (Houghton Mifflin Company)
Nicole Krauss, "Man Walks into a Room" (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday)
Hari Kunzru, "The Impressionist" (Dutton/Penguin Group (USA))
(The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction commemorates the work of the late Times book editor and Book Prize program founder.)
Philip Dray, "At the Hands of Persons Unknown: The Lynching of Black America" (Random House)
Robert Harms, "The Diligent: A Voyage through the Worlds of the Slave Trade" (Basic Books)
Gregg Herken, "Brotherhood of the Bomb: The Tangled Lives and Loyalties of Robert Oppenheimer, Ernest Lawrence, and Edward Teller" (A John Macrae Book/Henry Holt)
Mary Beth Norton, "In the Devil's Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692" (Alfred A. Knopf)
Stephen L. Carter, "The Emperor of Ocean Park" (Alfred A. Knopf)
Tod Goldberg, "Living Dead Girl" (Soho Press)
Henning Mankell, "One Step Behind" [translated from the original Swedish by Ebba Segerberg] (The New Press)
Scott Turow, "Reversible Errors" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Terrance Hayes, "Hip Logic" (Penguin Books)
John Koethe, "North Point North: New and Selected Poems" (HarperCollins Publishers)
J.D. McClatchy, "Hazmat: Poems" (Alfred A. Knopf)
Harryette Mullen, "Sleeping with the Dictionary" (University of California Press)
Science and Technology
Deborah Blum, "Love at Goon Park: Harry Harlow and the Science of Affection" (Perseus Publishing)
Judith Hooper, "Of Moths and Men: An Evolutionary Tale, the Untold Story of Science and the Peppered Moth" (W.W. Norton)
Mark Kurlansky, "Salt: A World History" (Walker and Company)
Richard Preston, "The Demon in the Freezer: A True Story" (Random House)
Young Adult Fiction
Kate Banks, "Dillon Dillon" (Frances Foster Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Sarah Dessen, "This Lullaby" (Viking/Penguin Young Readers Group)
E.R. Frank, "America" (A Richard Jackson Book/Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
Joyce Carol Oates, "Big Mouth & Ugly Girl" (HarperTempest/HarperCollins)
About the Book Prizes
The Los Angeles Times Book Prizes were established in 1980.
Finalists and winners in the nine subject categories were selected by eight three-member committees. Fiction category judges also chose the first fiction category finalists and winner. Most of the judges are published authors and serve a two-year term. None of the judges, except for the Kirsch award, are current Los Angeles Times employees.
There is no nationality requirement for author nominees in any category. With the exception of significant new translations of a deceased author's work, all authors should be living at the time of qualifying U.S. publication.
The Book Prizes have honored numerous internationally distinguished literary figures including Ray Bradbury, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Christopher Isherwood, Milan Kundera, Ursula Le Guin, Frank McCourt, David McCullough, Tillie Olsen, Carl Sagan and W.G. Sebald.
Information about the Book Prize awards ceremony and awards
program is available athttp://www.latimes.com/bookprizes.
The Los Angeles Times, a Tribune Publishing company, is the largest metropolitan daily newspaper in the country and the winner of 30 Pulitzer Prizes, including three this year in national reporting, feature writing and feature photography. The Times publishes four daily regional editions covering the Los Angeles metropolitan area, Orange and Ventura counties and the San Fernando Valley, as well as a National edition.