2005 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes Winners

Presented at UCLA’s Royce Hall


Winner: Hilary Spurling, Matisse the Master: A Life of Henri Matisse, the Conquest of Colour, 1909-1954 (Alfred A. Knopf)

Current Interest

Winner: Anthony Shadid, Night Draws Near: Iraq’s People in the Shadow of America’s War (Henry Holt)


Winner: Gabriel García Mårquéz, Memories of My Melancholy Whores [translated from the Spanish by Edith Grossman] (Alfred A. Knopf)

First Fiction (the Art Seidenbaum Award)

Winner: Uzodinma Iweala, Beasts of No Nation: A Novel (HarperCollins)


Winner: Adam Hochschild, Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire’s Slaves (Houghton Mifflin)

Mystery / Thriller

Winner: Robert Littell, Legends: A Novel of Dissimulation (Overlook Press)


Winner: Jack Gilbert, Refusing Heaven: Poems (Alfred A. Knopf)

Science & Technology

Winner: Diana Preston, Before the Fallout: From Marie Curie to Hiroshima (Walker & Company)

Young Adult Fiction

Winner: Per Nilsson, You & You & You [translated from the Swedish by Tara Chace] (Front Street/Boyds Mills Press)

The Robert Kirsch Award

Winner: Joan Didion