2003 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes Winners

Presented at UCLA’s Royce Hall


Winner: Neil Smith, American Empire: Roosevelt’s Geographer and the Prelude to Globalization (University of California Press)

Current Interest

Winner: Ross Terrill, The New Chinese Empire — And What It Means for the United States (Basic Books)


Winner: Pete Dexter, Train: A Novel (Doubleday)

First Fiction (the Art Seidenbaum Award)

Winner: Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Doubleday)


Winner: Henry Wiencek, An Imperfect God: George Washington, His Slaves, and the Creation of America (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Mystery / Thriller

Winner: George P. Pelecanos, Soul Circus: A Novel (Little, Brown)


Winner: Anthony Hecht, Collected Later Poems (Alfred A. Knopf)

Science & Technology

Winner: Philip J. Hilts, Protecting America’s Health: The FDA, Business, and One Hundred Years of Regulation (Alfred A. Knopf)

Young Adult Fiction

Winner: Jennifer Donnelly, A Northern Light (Harcourt Children’s Books)

The Robert Kirsch Award

Winner: Ishmael Reed