1997 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes Winners

Presented at the Los Angeles Times


Whittaker Chambers: A Biography by Sam Tanenhaus (Random House)

Current Interest

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures by Anne Fadiman (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)


In the Rogue Blood by James Carlos Blake (Avon Books)


A People’s Tragedy: A History of the Russian Revolution by Orlando Figes (Viking)

Mystery / Thriller

[Award added in 2000]


Black Zodiac by Charles Wright (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Science & Technology

How the Mind Works by Steven Pinker (W.W. Norton)

Young Adult Fiction

[Award added in 1998]

The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction

Don’t Erase Me: Stories by Carolyn Ferrell (Houghton Mifflin)

The Robert Kirsch Award

Ray Bradbury