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Los Angeles Times Book Prizes

The Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, established in 1980, recognize outstanding literary achievements in nine categories: biography, current interest, fiction, first fiction, history, mystery/thriller, poetry, science and technology, and young adult fiction. The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction commemorates the work of the late Times book editor and Book Prize program founder.


2002 (23rd annual)

Biography
Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Vol. 3 by Robert A. Caro (Knopf)

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Current Interest
Harmful to Minors: The Perils of Protecting Children from Sex by Judith Levine (University of Minnesota Press)

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Fiction
Atonement by Ian McEwan (Doubleday)

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History
Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Michael B. Oren (Oxford University Press)

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Mystery/Thriller
Hell to Pay by George P. Pelecanos (Little Brown)

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Poetry
The Watercourse: Poems by Cynthia Zarin (Alfred A. Knopf)

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Science and Technology
Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA by Brenda Maddox (HarperCollins Publishers)

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Young Adult Fiction
Feed by M.T. Anderson (Candlewick Press)

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Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction
Prague by Arthur Phillips (Random House)

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2001 (22nd annual)

Biography
Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris (Random House)

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Current Interest
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich (Metropolitan Books - Henry Holt)

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Fiction
Why Did I Ever by Mary Robison (Counterpoint)

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History
Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus by Rick Perlstein (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

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Mystery/Thriller
Silent Joe by T. Jefferson Parker (Hyperion)

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Poetry
The Beauty of the Husband: A Fictional Essay in 29 Tangos by Anne Carson (Alfred A. Knopf)

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Science and Technology
The Invention of Clouds: How an Amateur Meteorologist Forged the Language of the Skies by Richard Hamblyn (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

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Young Adult Fiction
The Land by Mildred D. Taylor (Penguin Putnam)

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Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction
The Dark Room by Rachel Seiffert (Pantheon Books)

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2000 (21st annual)

Biography
Jefferson Davis, American by William J. Cooper, Jr.

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Current Interest
Way Out There in the Blue: Reagan, Star Wars and the End of the Cold War by Frances FitzGerald

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Fiction
Assorted Fire Events: Stories by David Means

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History
The Collaborator: The Trial and Execution of Robert Brasillach by Alice Kaplan

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Poetry
The Throne of Labdacus by Gjertrud Schnackenberg

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Science and Technology
The Rise and Fall of Modern Medicine by James Le Fanu, M.D.

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Young Adult Fiction
Miracle's Boys by Jacqueline Woodson

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Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction
The Romantics: A Novel by Pankaj Mishra

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1999 (20th annual)

Biography
Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman

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Current Interest
Sidewalk by Mitchell Duneier

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Fiction
Freedom Song: Three Novels by Amit Chaudhuri

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History
Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II by John W. Dower

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Poetry
Repair: Poems by C.K. Williams

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Science and Technology
Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith and Love by Dava Sobel

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Young Adult Fiction
Frenchtown Summer by Robert Cormier

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Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction
Amy and Isabelle: A Novel by Elizabeth Strout

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1998 (19th annual)

Biography
Lindbergh by A. Scott Berg

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Current Interest
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda by Philip Gourevitch

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Fiction
The Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald

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History
The Greatest Benefit to Mankind: A Medical History of Humanity by Roy S. Porter

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Poetry
Mysteries of Small Houses by Alice Notley

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Science and Technology
Blood: An Epic History of Medicine and Commerce by Douglas Starr

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Young Adult Fiction
Rules of the Road by Joan Bauer

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Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction
Kalimantaan by C.S. Godshalk

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