Since 1980, the Los Angeles Times has awarded a set of annual book prizes. The Prizes “currently have nine single-title categories: biography, current interest, fiction, first fiction (the Art Seidenbaum Award added in 1991), history, mystery/thriller (category added in 2000), poetry, science and technology (category added in 1989), and young adult fiction (category added in 1998).
In addition, the Robert Kirsch Award is presented annually to a living author with a substantial connection to the American West, whose contribution to American letters deserves special recognition.”.
It is named in honor of Robert Kirsch, the Los Angeles Times book critic from 1952 until his death in 1980; he had the idea to establish the book prizes.
The Book Prize program was founded by Art Seidenbaum, a LosAngeles Times book editor from 1978 to 1985.
An award named for him was added a year after his death in 1990.
Works are eligible during the year of their first US publication in English, and may be written originally in languages other than English.
The author of each winning book and the Kirsch Award recipient receives a citation and $1,000.
The prizes are presented the day before the annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.
Science and technology
Young adult literature
The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction
The Robert Kirsch Award
2013: The Cuckoo’s Calling by J. K. Rowling writing as Robert Galbraith (Mulholland Books/Little, Brown & Company)
2012: Broken Harbor by Tana French (Viking)
2011: 11/22/63 by Stephen King (Scribner)
2010: Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin (William Morrow)
2009: The Ghosts of Belfast, by Stuart Neville (SOHO Press)
2008: Envy the Night by Michael Koryta (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Minotaur)
2007: The Indian Bride by Karin Fossum, translated by Charlotte Barslund (Harcourt)
2006: Echo Park by Michael Connelly
2005: Legends by Robert Littell (Overlook Press)
2004: Tijuana Straits by Kem Nunn (Scribner)
2003: Soul Circus by George P. Pelecanos (Little, Brown)
2002: Hell to Pay by George P. Pelecanos (Little, Brown and Company)
2001: Silent Joe by T. Jefferson Parker (Hyperion)
2000: A Place of Execution by Val McDermid (St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur)
1999: [Award added in 2000]
. Los Angeles Times Book Prizes home page (http://www.latimes.com/extras/bookprizes/index.html)
. Winners by Award (http://www.latimes.com/extras/bookprizes/winners_byaward.html#kirsch) Los Angeles Times Book Prizes.
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