Please select awards:

Innovator’s Award (Award Added in 2009)

2017Glory Edim
2016Ruebén Martinez
2015James Patterson
2014LeVar Burton
2013John Green
2012Margaret Atwood
2010Powell’s Books, Portland, Oregon
2009Dave Eggers

The Robert Kirsch Award

2017John Rechy
2016Thomas McGuane
2015Juan Felipe Herrera
2014TC Boyle
2013Susan Straight
2012Kevin Starr
2011Rudolfo Anaya
2010Beverly Cleary
2009Evan S. Connell
2008Robert Alter
2007Maxine Hong Kingston
2006William Kittredge
2005Joan Didion

2004Tony Hillerman
2003Ishmael Reed
2002Larry McMurtry
2001Tillie Olsen
2000Lawrence Ferlinghetti
1999Ursula K. Le Guin
1998John Sanford
1997Ray Bradbury
1996Gary Snyder
1995Stephen J. Pyne
1994Brian Moore
1993Carolyn See
1992Diane Johnson

1991Ken Kesey
1990Czeslaw Milosz
1989Karl Shapiro
1988Thom Gunn
1987Paul Horgan
1986Kay Boyle
1985Janet Lewis
1984Christopher Isherwood
1983M.F.K. Fisher
1982Ross Macdonald
1981Wright Morris
1980Wallace Stegner

The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction (Award Added in 1991)

2016Nathan Hill / The Nix (Alfred A. Knopf)
2015Chigozie Obioma / The Fishermen (Little, Brown and Company)
2014Valeria Luiselli [translated by Christina MacSweeney] / Faces in the Crowd (Coffee House Press)
2013Maggie Shipsteadl / Seating Arrangements (Knopf)
2012Maggie Shipsteadl / Seating Arrangements (Knopf)
2011Ismet Prcic / Shards (Black Cat, Grove/Atlantic)
2010Peter Bognannil / The House of Tomorrow (Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam)
2009Philipp Meyerl / American Rust (Spiegel & Grau)
2008Zoë Ferrarisl / Finding Nouf (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
2007Dinaw Mengestul / The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears (Riverhead Books)
2006Alice Greenwayl / White Ghost Girls (Black Cat / Grove/Atlantic)
2005Uzodinma Iwealal / Beasts of No Nation: A Novel (HarperCollins)
2004Lorraine Adams / Harbor (Alfred A. Knopf)
2003Mark Haddon / The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Doubleday)
2002Arthur Phillips / Prague: A Novel (Random House)
2001Rachel Seiffert / The Dark Room (Pantheon Books)
2000Pankaj Mishra / The Romantics: A Novel (Random House)
1999Elizabeth Strout / Amy and Isabelle: A Novel (Random House)
1998C.S. Godshalk / Kalimantaan (Henry Holt)
1997Carolyn Ferrell / Don’t Erase Me: Stories (Houghton Mifflin)
1996Mark Behr / The Smell of Apples (St. Martin’s)
1995Mark Merlis / American Studies (Houghton Mifflin)
1994Martin M. Šimecka / The Year of the Frog (Louisiana State University Press)
1993Paul Kafka / Love (Enter) (Houghton Mifflin)
1992Darryl Pinckney / High Cotton (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
1991David Wong Louie / Pangs of Love (Alfred A. Knopf)


2016Volker Ullrich / Hitler: Ascent, 1889-1939 (Alfred A. Knopf)
2015Hayden Herrera / Listening to Stone: The Art and Life of Isamu Noguchi (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
2014Andrew Roberts / Napoleon: A Life (Viking)
2013Marie Arana / Bolivar: American Liberator (Simon & Schuster)
2012Robert A. Caro / The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson (Knopf)
2011Clarence Darrow / Attorney for the Damned, John A. Farrell (Doubleday)
2010Laura Hillenbrand / Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience & Redemption (Random House)
2009Linda Gordon / Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits (W.W. Norton & Co.)
2008Paula J. Giddings / Ida: A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching (Amistad/HarperCollins)
2007Simon Sebag Montefiore / Young Stalin (Alfred A. Knopf)
2006Neal Gabler / The Triumph of the American Imagination (Alfred A. Knopf)
2005Hilary Spurling / Matisse the Master: A Life of Henri Matisse, the Conquest of Colour, 1909-1954 (Alfred A. Knopf)
2004Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swande / Kooning: An American Master (Alfred A. Knopf)
2003Neil Smith / American Empire: Roosevelt’s Geographer and the Prelude to Globalization (University of California Press)
2002Robert A. Caro / Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Vol. 3 (Alfred A. Knopf)
2001Edmund Morris / Theodore Rex (Random House)
2000William J. Cooper, Jr / Jefferson Davis, American (Alfred A. Knopf)
1999Judith Thurman / Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette (Alfred A. Knopf)
1998A. Scott Berg / Lindbergh (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
1997Sam Tanenhaus / Whittaker Chambers: A Biography (Random House)
1996Frank McCourt / Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir (Scribner)
1995Doris Lessing / Under My Skin: Volume One of My Autobiography, to 1949 (HarperCollins)
1994Mikal Gilmore / Shot in the Heart (Doubleday)
1993John Mack Faragher / Daniel Boone: The Life and Legend of an American Pioneer (Henry Holt)
1992Blanche Wiesen Cook / Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume One 1884-1993 (Viking)
1991T.H. Watkins / Righteous Pilgrim: The Life and Times of Harold L. Ickes, 1874-1952 (Henry Holt)
1990Geoffrey C. Ward / A First-Class Temperament: The Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt (Harper & Row)
1989Tobias Wolff / This Boy’s Life: A Memoir (Atlantic Monthly Press)
1988Brenda Maddox / Nora: The Real Life of Molly Bloom (Houghton Mifflin)
1987Kenneth S. Lynn / Hemingway (Simon & Schuster)
1986Maynard Mack / Alexander Pope: A Life (W.W. Norton)
1985Michael Scammell / Solzhenitsyn (W.W. Norton)
1984Ernst Pawel / The Nightmare of Reason (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
1983Seymour Hersh / The Price of Power: Kissinger in the Nixon White House (Summit Books)
1982Gay Wilson Allen / Waldo Emerson: A Biography (Viking)
1981David McCullough / Mornings on Horseback (Simon & Schuster)
1980[Biography award concurrent with this year’s History award]

The Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose (Award Added in 2016)

20172017 Benjamin Taylor/ The Hue and Cry at Our House: A Year Remembered (Penguin Books)
2016Wesley Lowery / They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement (Little, Brown and Company)

Current Interest

2016Svetlana Alexievich (Author), Bela Shayevich (Translator) / Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets (Random House)
2015Sarah Chayes / Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security (W. W. Norton and Company)
2014Jeff Hobbs / “The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League” (Scribner)
2013Sheri Fink / Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital (Crown)
2012Katherine Boo / Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity (Random House)
2011Thinking Fast and Slow / Daniel Kahneman (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
2010Michael Lewis / The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine (W. W. Norton & Company)
2009Dave Eggers / Zeitoun (McSweeney’s Books)
2008Barton Gellman / Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency (The Penguin Press)
2007Elizabeth D. Samet / Soldier’s Heart: Reading Literature Through Peace and War at West Point (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
2006Ian Buruma / Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance (Penguin Press)
2005Anthony Shadid / Night Draws Near: Iraq’s People in the Shadow of America’s War (Henry Holt)
2004Evan Wright / Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America and the New Face of American War (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
2003Ross Terrill / The New Chinese Empire — And What It Means for the United States (Basic Books)
2002Judith Levine / Harmful to Minors: The Perils of Protecting Children from Sex (University of Minnesota Press)
2001Barbara Ehrenreich / Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting in America (Metropolitan Books, an imprint of Henry Holt and Company)
2000Frances FitzGerald / Way Out There in the Blue: Reagan, Star Wars and the End of the Cold War (Simon & Schuster)
1999Mitchell Duneier / Sidewalk (with Photographs Ovie Carter) (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
1998Philip Gourevitch / We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families: Stories from Rwanda (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
1997Anne Fadiman / The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
1996Peter Maass / Love Thy Neighbor: A Story of War (Alfred A. Knopf)
1995Gregory Howard Williams / Life on the Color Line: The True Story of a White Boy Who Discovered He Was Black (Dutton)
1994Henry Kissinger / Diplomacy (Simon & Schuster)
1993Peter Skerry / Mexican Americans: The Ambivalent Minority (The Free Press)
1992Francis Fukuyama / The End of History and the Last Man (The Free Press)
1991E.J. Dionne, Jr. / Why Americans Hate Politics: The Death of the Democratic Process (Simon & Schuster)
1990O.B. Hardison, Jr. / Disappearing through the Skylight: Culture and Technology in the Twentieth Centur (Viking)
1989Taylor Branch / Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-1963 (Simon & Schuster)
1988William Greider / Secrets of the Temple: How the Federal Reserve Runs the Country (Simon & Schuster)
1987Richard Dawkins / The Blind Watchmaker (W.W. Norton)
1986Joseph Lelyveld / Move Your Shadow: South Africa, Black and White (Times Books)
1985Robert N. Bellah, Richard Madsen, William M. Sullivan, Ann Swidler and Steven M. Tipton / Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life (University of California Press)
1984Jane Jacobs / Cities and the Wealth of Nations (Random House)
1983Walker Percy / Lost in the Cosmos (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
1982Jonathan Schell / The Fate of the Earth (Alfred A. Knopf)
1981Jacobo Timerman / Prisoner without a Name, Cell without a Number (Alfred A. Knopf)
1980Harrison Salisbury / Without Fear or Favor (New York Times Books) [Winner of the General Award–no Current Interest Award this year]


2016Adam Haslett / Imagine Me Gone (Little, Brown and Company)
2015Valeria Luiselli, Translated by Christina MacSweeney / The Story of My Teeth (Coffee House Press)
2014Siri Hustvedt / The Blazing World (Simon & Schuster)
2013Ruth Ozeki / A Tale for the Time Being (Viking)
2012Ben Fountain / Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (HarperCollins Publishers / Ecco)
2011Luminarium / Alex Shakar (SoHo Press)
2010Jennifer Egan / A Visit From the Goon Squad (Knopf)
2009Rafael Yglesias / A Happy Marriage (Scribner)
2008Marilynne Robinson / Home (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
2007Andrew O’Hagan / Be Near Me (Harcourt)
2006A.B. Yehoshua [translated from the Hebrew Hillel Halkin] / A Woman in Jerusalem (Harcourt)
2005Gabriel García Márquez [translated from the Spanish Edith Grossman] / Memories of My Melancholy Whores (Alfred A. Knopf)
2004Colm Tóibín / The Master: A Novel (Scribner)
2003Pete Dexter / Train: A Novel (Doubleday)
2002Ian McEwan / Atonement: A Novel (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday)
2001Mary Robison / Why Did I Ever (Counterpoint)
2000David Means / Assorted Fire Events: Stories (Context Books)
1999Amit Chaudhuri / Freedom Song: Three Novels (Alfred A. Knopf)
1998W.G. Sebald [Translated from the German Michael Hulse] / The Rings of Saturn (New Directions)
1997James Carlos Blake / In the Rogue Blood (Avon Books)
1996Rohinton Mistry / A Fine Balance (Alfred A. Knopf)
1995William Boyd / The Blue Afternoon (Alfred A. Knopf)
1994David Malouf / Remembering Babylon (Pantheon Books)
1993Barbara Kingsolver / Pigs in Heaven (HarperCollins)
1992Art Spiegelman / Maus II, A Survivor’s Tale: And Here My Troubles Began (Pantheon Books)
1991Allan Gurganus / White People (Alfred A. Knopf)
1990Edna O’Brien / Lantern Slides (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
1989Fay Weldon / The Heart of the Country (Viking)
1988Gabriel García Marquez / Love in the Time of Cholera (Alfred A. Knopf)
1987James Welch / Fools Crow (Viking)
1986Margaret Atwood / The Handmaid’s Tale (Houghton Mifflin)
1985Louis Erdrich / Love Medicine (Holt, Rinehart and Winston)
1984Milan Kundera / The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Harper & Row)
1983Thomas Keneally / Schindler’s List (Simon & Schuster)
1982Robert Stone / A Flag for Sunrise (Alfred A. Knopf)
1981D.M. Thomas / The White Hotel (Viking)
1980Walker Percy / The Second Coming (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Graphic Novel/Comics (Award Added in 2009)

2016Nick Drnaso / Beverly (Drawn & Quarterly)
2015Riad Sattouf / Arab of the Future: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1978-1984: A Graphic Memoir (Metropolitan Books)
2014Jaime Hernandez / The Love Bunglers (Fantagraphics Books)
2013Ulli Lust / Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life (Fantagraphics)
2012Sammy Harkham / Everything Together: Collected Stories (PictureBox)
2011Finder: Voice / Carla Speed McNeil (Dark Horse)
2010Adam Hines / Duncan the Wonder Dog: Show One (Adhouse Books)
2009David Mazzucchelli / Asterios Polyp (Pantheon)


2016Benjamin Madley / An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873 (Yale University Press)
2015Dan Ephron / Killing a King: The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and the Remaking of Israel (W. W. Norton and Company)
2014Adam Tooze / The Deluge: The Great War, America and the Remaking of the Global Order, 1916-1931 (Viking)
2013Christopher Clark / The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 (HarperCollins)
2012Fergus M. Bordewich / America’s Great Debate: Henry Clay, Stephen A. Douglas, and the Compromise That Preserved the Union (Simon & Schuster)
2011Richard White / Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America (W.W. Norton & Company)
2010Thomas Powers / The Killing of Crazy Horse (Knopf)
2009Kevin Starr / Golden Dreams: California in an Age of Abundance 1950 – 1963 (Oxford University Press)
2008Mark Mazower / Hitler’s Empire: How the Nazis Ruled Europe (The Penguin Press)
2007Tim Weiner / Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA (Doubleday)
2006Lawrence Wright / The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 (Alfred A. Knopf)
2005Adam Hochschild / Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire’s Slaves (Houghton Mifflin)
2004Geoffrey R. Stone / Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime from the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism (W.W. Norton & Company)
2003Henry Wiencek / An Imperfect God: George Washington, His Slaves, and the Creation of America (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
2002Michael B. Oren / Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East (Oxford University Press)
2001Rick Perlstein / Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus (Hill and Wang Division, Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
2000Alice Kaplan / The Collaborator: The Trial and Execution of Robert Brasillach (University of Chicago Press)
1999John W. Dower / Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II (W.W. Norton)
1998Roy Porter / The Greatest Benefit to Mankind: A Medical History of Humanity (W.W. Norton)
1997Orlando Figes / A People’s Tragedy: A History of the Russian Revolution (Viking)
1996Neal Ascherson / Black Sea (Hill & Wang)
1995Jackson Lears / Fables of Abundance: A Cultural History of Advertising in America (Basic Books)
1994George Chauncey / Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940 (Basic Books)
1993Anthony Grafton / New Worlds, Ancient Texts: The Power of Tradition and the Shock of Discovery (Harvard University Press)
1992Alexander Stille / Benevolence and Betrayal: Five Italian Jewish Families under Fascism (Summit)
1991Nicholas Lemann / The Promised Land: The Great Black Migration and How It Changed America (Alfred A. Knopf)
1990Richard Fletcher / The Quest for El Cid (Alfred A. Knopf)
1989Neal Gabler / An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood (Crown Books)
1988Eric Foner / Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877 (Harper & Row)
1987[No award in 1987]
1986Geoffrey Hosking / The First Socialist Society: A History of the Soviet Union from Within (Harvard University Press)
1985Evan S. Connell / Son of the Morning Star: Custer and the Little Bighorn (North Point Press)
1984Robert Darnton / The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History (Basic Books)
1983Fernand Braudel / The Wheels of Commerce (Harper & Row)
1982Jonathan D. Spence / The Gate of Heavenly Peace: The Chinese and Their Revolution, 1895-1980 (Viking)
1981Ray Allen Billington / Land of Savagery/Land of Promise (W.W. Norton)
1980Ronald Steel / Walter Lippmann and the American Century (Atlantic/ Little Brown)

Mystery / Thriller (Award Added in 2000)

2016Bill Beverly / Dodgers (Crown)
2015Don Winslow / The Cartel (Alfred A. Knopf)
2014Tom Bouman / Dry Bones in the Valley (W. W. Norton & Company)
2013J. K. Rowling Writing As Robert Galbraith / The Cuckoo’s Calling (Mulholland Books/Little, Brown & Company)
2012Tana French / Broken Harbor (Viking)
2011Stephen King / 11/22/1963 (Scribner)
2010Tom Franklin / Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter (William Morrow)
2009Stuart Neville / The Ghosts of Belfast (SOHO Press)
2008Michael Koryta / Envy the Night (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Minotaur)
2007Karin Fossum {Translated Charlotte Barslund} / The Indian Bride (Harcourt)
2006Michael Connelly / Echo Park: A Novel (Little, Brown)
2005Robert Littell / Legends: A Novel of Dissimulation (Overlook Press)
2004Kem Nunn / Tijuana Straits: A Novel (Scribner)
2003George P. Pelecanos / Soul Circus: A Novel (Little, Brown)
2002George P. Pelecanos / Hell to Pay: A Novel (Little, Brown and Company)
2001T. Jefferson Parker / Silent Joe (Hyperion)
2000Val McDermid / A Place of Execution: A Novel (St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur)


2016Rosmarie Waldrop / Gap Gardening: Selected Poems (New Directions)
2015Jorie Graham / From the New World: Poems 1976-2014 (Ecco/HarperCollins)
2014Claudia Rankine / Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf Press)
2013Ron Padgett / Collected Poems (Coffee House Press)
2012Louise Glück / Poems 1962-2012 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
2011Carl Phillips / Double Shadow: Poems (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
2010Maxine Kumin / Where I Live: New & Selected Poems 1990-2010 (W. W. Norton & Company)
2009Brenda Hillman / Practical Water (Wesleyan University Press)
2008Frank Bidart / Watching the Spring Festival: Poems (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
2007Stanley Plumly / Old Heart: Poems (W.W. Norton)
2006Frederick Seidel / Ooga-Booga (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
2005Jack Gilbert / Refusing Heaven: Poems (Alfred A. Knopf)
2004Richard Howard / Inner Voices: Selected Poems, 1963-2003 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
2003Anthony Hecht / Collected Later Poems (Alfred A. Knopf)
2002Cynthia Zarin / The Watercourse: Poems (Alfred A. Knopf)
2001Anne Carson / The Beauty of the Husband: A Fictional Essay in 29 Tangos (Alfred A. Knopf)
2000Gjertrud Schnackenberg / The Throne of Labdacus (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
1999C.K. Williams / Repair: Poems (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
1998Alice Notley / Mysteries of Small Houses (Penguin Books)
1997Charles Wright / Black Zodiac (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
1996Alan Shapiro / Mixed Company (The University of Chicago Press)
1995Robert Pinsky / The Inferno of Dante (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
1994Carolyn Forché / The Angel of History (HarperCollins)
1993Mark Doty / My Alexandria (University of Illinois Press)
1992Adrienne Rich / An Atlas of the Difficult World: Poems 1988-1991 (W.W. Norton)
1991Phillip Levine / What Work Is (Alfred A. Knopf)
1990John Caddy / The Color of Mesabi Bones (Milkweed)
1989Donald Hall / The One Day: A Poem in Three Parts (Ticknor & Fields/ Houghton Mifflin)
1988Richard Wilbur / New and Collected Poems (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich)
1987William Meredith / Partial Accounts: New and Selected Poems (Alfred A. Knopf)
1986Derek Walcott / Collected Poems, 1948-1984 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
1985X.J. Kennedy / Cross Ties (University of Georgia Press)
1984Charles Olson / The Maximus Poems (University of California Press)
1983James Merrill / The Changing Light at Sandover (Atheneum)
1982Allen Ginsberg / Plutonian Ode and Other Poems, 1977-1980 (City Lights)
1981Ntozake Shange / Three Pieces (St. Martin’s Press)
1980Robert Kelly / Kill the Messenger (Black Sparrow)

Science and Technology (Award Added in 1989)

2016Luke Dittrich / Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets (Random House)
2015Andrea Wulf / The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World (Alfred A. Knopf)
2014Elizabeth Kolbert / The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History (Henry Holt & Co.)
2013Alan Weisman / Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth? (Little, Brown & Company)
2012Florence Williams / Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History (W.W. Norton & Company)
2011Sylvia Nasar / Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius (Simon & Schuster)
2010Oren Harman / The Price of Altruism: George Price and the Search for the Origins of Kindness (W. W. Norton & Company)
2009Graham Farmelo / The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom (Basic Books/Perseus Book Group)
2008Leonard Susskind / The Black Hole War: My Battle with Stephen Hawking to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics (Little, Brown and Co.)
2007Douglas Hofstadter / I Am A Strange Loop (Basic Books)
2006Eric R. Kandel / In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind (W.W. Norton)
2005Diana Preston / Before the Fallout: From Marie Curie to Hiroshima (Walker & Company)
2004Charles Wohlforth / The Whale and the Supercomputer: On the Northern Front of Climate Change (North Point Press / Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
2003Philip J. Hilts / Protecting America’s Health: The FDA, Business, and One Hundred Years of Regulation (Alfred A. Knopf)
2002Brenda Maddox / Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA (HarperCollins Publishers)
2001Richard Hamblyn / The Invention of Clouds: How an Amateur Meteorologist Forged the Language of the Skies (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
2000James Le Fanu, M.D. / The Rise and Fall of Modern Medicine (Carroll & Graf)
1999Dava Sobel / Galileo’s Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love (Walker and Company)
1998Douglas Starr / Blood: An Epic History of Medicine and Commerce (Alfred A. Knopf)
1997Steven Pinker / How the Mind Works (W.W. Norton)
1996Carl Sagan / The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark (Random House)
1995Edward O. Wilson / Naturalist (Island Press)
1994Jonathan Weiner / The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time (Alfred A. Knopf)
1993Daniel McNeill and Paul Freiberger / Fuzzy Logic: The Discovery of a Revolutionary Computer Technology — and How It Is Changing Our World (Simon & Schuster)
1992Jared Diamond / The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal (HarperCollins)
1991Grigori Medvedev / The Truth about Chernobyl (Basic Books)
1990Jane S. Smith / Patenting the Sun: Polio and the Salk Vaccine (William Morrow)
1989Frans de Waal / Peacemaking among Primates (Harvard University Press)

Young Adult Literature (Award Added in 1998)

2016Frances Hardinge / The Lie Tree (Harry N. Abrams)
2015Marilyn Nelson / My Seneca Village (namelos)
2014Candace Fleming / The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia (Schwartz & Wade/Random House Children’s)
2013Gene Luen Yang / Boxers & Saints (First Second/Macmillan)
2012A.S. King / Ask the Passengers (Little, Brown Books For Young Readers)
2011The Big Crunch / Pete Hautman (Scholastic Press)
2010Megan Whalen Turner / A Conspiracy of Kings (Greenwillow/HarperCollins)
2009Elizabeth Partridge / Marching for Freedom: Walk Together Children and Don’t You Grow Weary (Viking Children’s Books/Penguin Group)
2008Terry Pratchett / Nation (HarperCollins)
2007Philip Reeve / A Darkling Plain (The Hungry City Chronicles) (Eos Books/HarperCollins)
2006Coe Booth / Tyrell (Push / Scholastic)
2005Per Nilsson [translated from the Swedish Tara Chace] / You & You & You (Front Street/Boyds Mills Press)
2004Melvin Burgess / Doing It (Henry Holt Books for Young Readers)
2003Jennifer Donnelly / A Northern Light (Harcourt Children’s Books)
2002M.T. Anderson / Feed (Candlewick Press)
2001Mildred D. Taylor / The Land (Phyllis Fogelman Books, Penguin Putnam)
2000Jacqueline Woodson / Miracle’s Boys (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers)
1999Robert Cormier / Frenchtown Summer (Delacorte Press)
1998Joan Bauer / Rules of the Road (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)