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Los Angeles Times Book Prizes Winners, 1980-Present

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2012 Book Prizes Winners

Biography ›

Winner: Robert A. Caro / The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson (Knopf)

Current Interest ›

Winner: Katherine Boo / Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity (Random House)

Fiction ›

Winner: Ben Fountain / Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (HarperCollins Publishers / Ecco)

Graphic Novel/Comics ›

Winner: Sammy Harkham / Everything Together: Collected Stories (PictureBox)

History ›

Winner: Fergus M. Bordewich / America’s Great Debate: Henry Clay, Stephen A. Douglas, and the Compromise That Preserved the Union (Simon & Schuster)

Innovator’s Award ›

Winner: Margaret Atwood
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Kirsch Award ›

Winner: Kevin Starr
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Mystery/Thriller ›

Winner: Tana French / Broken Harbor (Viking)

Poetry ›

Winner: Louise Glück / Poems 1962-2012 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Science & Technology ›

Winner: Florence Williams / Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History (W.W. Norton & Company)

The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction ›

Winner: Maggie Shipstead / Seating Arrangements (Knopf)

Young Adult Literature ›

Winner: A.S. King / Ask the Passengers (Little, Brown Books For Young Readers)