2006 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes Winners

Presented at UCLA’s Royce Hall

Biography
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Winner
  • Neal Gabler, The Triumph of the American Imagination (Alfred A. Knopf)
Finalists
  • Debby Applegate, The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher (Doubleday)
  • Rodney Bolt, The Librettist of Venice: The Remarkable Life of Lorenzo Da Ponte, Mozart’s Poet, Casanova’s Friend, and Italian Opera’s Impresario in America (Bloomsbury USA)
  • Jeffrey Goldberg, Prisoners: A Muslim and a Jew across the Middle East Divide (Alfred A. Knopf)
  • Daniel Mendelsohn, The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million (HarperCollins)
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Current Interest
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Winner
  • Ian Buruma, Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance (Penguin Press)
Finalists
  • Douglas Brinkley, The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast (William Morrow / HarperCollins)
  • Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone (Alfred A. Knopf)
  • Alicia Drake, The Beautiful Fall: Lagerfeld, Saint Laurent, and Glorious Excess in 1970s Paris (Little, Brown)
  • Terri Jentz, Strange Piece of Paradise (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
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Fiction
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Winner
  • A.B. Yehoshua, A Woman in Jerusalem [translated from the Hebrew by Hillel Halkin] (Harcourt)
Finalists
  • David Mitchell, Black Swan Green: A Novel (Random House)
  • Peter Orner, The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo: A Novel (Little, Brown)
  • Susan Straight, A Million Nightingales (Pantheon Books)
  • Daniel Woodrell, Winter’s Bone: A Novel (Little, Brown)
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The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction
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Winner
  • Alice Greenway, White Ghost Girls (Black Cat / Grove/Atlantic)
Finalists
  • Tony D’Souza, Whiteman (Harcourt)
  • Lisa Fugard, Skinner’s Drift: A Novel (Scribner)
  • Jennifer Gilmore, Golden Country: A Novel (Scribner)
  • Janis Cooke Newman, Mary: A Novel (MacAdam/Cage Publishing)
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History
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Winner
  • Lawrence Wright, The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 (Alfred A. Knopf)
Finalists
  • Taylor Branch, At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-68 (Simon & Schuster)
  • Niall Ferguson, The War of the World: Twentieth-Century Conflict and the Descent of the West (Penguin Press)
  • Nathaniel Philbrick, Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War (Viking)
  • John Tayman, The Colony (Lisa Drew / Scribner)
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Mystery / Thriller
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Winner
  • Michael Connelly, Echo Park: A Novel (Little, Brown)
Finalists
  • Patrick Neate, City of Tiny Lights (Riverhead Books)
  • George Pelecanos, The Night Gardener: A Novel (Little, Brown)
  • Jess Walter, The Zero: A Novel (HarperCollins)
  • Don Winslow, The Winter of Frankie Machine (Alfred A. Knopf)
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Poetry
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Winner
  • Frederick Seidel, Ooga-Booga (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Finalists
  • Erin Belieu, Black Box (Copper Canyon Press)
  • Adrian C. Louis, Logorrhea (TriQuarterly Books / Northwestern University Press)
  • Thom Satterlee, Burning Wyclif (Texas Tech University Press)
  • Michael Waters, Darling Vulgarity (BOA Editions)
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Science & Technology
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Winner
  • Eric R. Kandel, In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind (W.W. Norton)
Finalists
  • Joyce E. Chaplin, The First Scientific American: Benjamin Franklin and the Pursuit of Genius (Basic Books)
  • Ann Gibbons, The First Human: The Race to Discover Our Earliest Ancestors (Doubleday)
  • Daniel J. Levitin, This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession (Dutton)
  • Edward O. Wilson, The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth (W.W. Norton)
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Young Adult Fiction
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Winner
  • Coe Booth, Tyrell (Push / Scholastic)
Finalists
  • M.T. Anderson, The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume 1: The Pox Party (Candlewick Press)
  • John Green, An Abundance of Katherines (Dutton Books / Penguin Young Readers Group)
  • Meg Rosoff, Just in Case (Wendy Lamb Books / Random House Children’s Books)
  • Nancy Werlin, The Rules of Survival (Dial Books / Penguin Young Readers Group)
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The Robert Kirsch Award
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Winner
  • William Kittredge
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