Since 1980, the LA Times Book Prizes have honored the previous year’s best books and their authors. This year’s ceremony — the 37th annual — will be held at Bovard Auditorium on the USC campus at 6:30 p.m. learn more ›

2015 Innovator’s Award Winner

James Patterson
James Patterson has left a singular mark on the literary community through his writing for adults and young people, as well as through his efforts to make books and reading a national priority. His support of libraries, independent bookstores, booksellers, teachers and students is unsurpassed with millions of dollars in grants and scholarships going toward encouraging Americans to read and supporting those who foster reading. A feature film based on his bestselling Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life series is set for release this fall.
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2015 Robert Kirsch Award Winner

Juan Felipe Herrera
Juan Felipe Herrera's literary contributions include poetry, prose, young adult novels and children’s literature, and his work in all artistic forms highlights a life dedicated to giving voice to those who are not always heard.
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2015 Winners


Hayden Herrera, Listening to Stone: The Art and Life of Isamu Noguchi, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Current Interest

Sarah Chayes, Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security, W. W. Norton and Company


Valeria Luiselli, Translated by Christina MacSweeney, The Story of My Teeth, Coffee House Press

Graphic Novel/Comics


Mystery / Thriller

Don Winslow, The Cartel, Alfred A. Knopf


Jorie Graham, From the New World: Poems 1976-2014, Ecco/HarperCollins

Science & Technology

The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction

Chigozie Obioma, The Fishermen, Little, Brown and Company

Young Adult Literature

Marilyn Nelson, My Seneca Village, namelos

Awards Ceremony Presenters



David K. Ng / Biography
Ruben Vives / Current Interest
Laila Lalami / Fiction
Reyna Grande / The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction
Deborah Vankin / Graphic Novel/Comics
Geoffrey Cowan / History
Marcia Clark / Mystery/Thriller
Michael Hiltzik / Science & Technology
Brandy Colbert / Young Adult Literature
David L. Ulin / Robert Kirsch Award
Carolyn Kellogg / Innovator’s Award

To view previous winners by award category click here.

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