The 34th annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes were awarded on Friday evening, April 11th, in a public ceremony at USC’s Bovard Auditorium. The best books of 2013 were recognized in ten categories along with the winners of Innovator’s and Robert Kirsch awards.

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2013 INNOVATOR’S AWARD WINNER
This award is given to people and institutions doing cutting edge work to bring books, publishing and storytelling into the future.
John Green

The recipient of the 2013 Innovator’s Award, which spotlights cutting-edge business models, technology or applications of narrative art, is young adult writer and activist John Green. Green’s best-selling novels have garnered numerous awards and he has been at the forefront of experimenting with social media and technology, expanding how people in and out of the literary world use these mediums to inspire and teach others.

2013 ROBERT KIRSCH AWARD WINNER
This award recognizes a body of work by a writer living in or writing about the American West.
Susan Straight

The recipient of the 2013 Robert Kirsch Award is Riverside native Susan Straight. Straight is a Southern California original, and a tireless supporter, and creator, of our literary culture. Her award-winning novels and short stories have opened up not just California literature but American literature to the Inland Empire, and to the often-neglected voices of the people there. Through her work as a teacher, she has inspired and mentored a new generation of California writers.

2013 BOOK PRIZE WINNERS
Biography

Marie Arana / Bolivar: American Liberator, (Simon & Schuster)

Fiction

Ruth Ozeki / A Tale for the Time Being, (Viking)

The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction

NoViolet Bulawayo / We Need New Names, (Reagan Arthur Books)

Graphic Novel/Comics

Ulli Lust / Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life, (Fantagraphics)

History

Christopher Clark / The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914, (HarperCollins)

Mystery / Thriller

J. K. Rowling Writing As Robert Galbraith / The Cuckoo’s Calling, (Mulholland Books/Little, Brown & Company)

Poetry

Ron Padgett / Collected Poems, (Coffee House Press)

Science & Technology

Alan Weisman / Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?, (Little, Brown & Company)

Young Adult Literature

Gene Luen Yang / Boxers & Saints, (First Second/Macmillan)

AWARD CEREMONY PRESENTERS
Emcee: David L. Ulin
Presenters:
Patt Morrison / Biography
Robin Abcarian / Current Interest
Joy Press / Fiction
Hector Tobar / The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction
Vanessa Davis / Graphic Novel/Comics
Steve Ross / History
Nina Revoyr / Mystery-Thriller
David St. John / Poetry
Carolyn Kellogg / Science and Technology
Tahereh Mafi / Young Adult Literature
Jonathan Kirsch / Robert Kirsch Award
David L. Ulin / Innovator’s Award

2013 JUDGES

Please do not send books directly to the judges. Unsolicited books will not be reviewed.

Fiction & First Fiction

Elizabeth Crane
Chris Daley
Laird Hunt

Graphic Novel/Comics

Eleanor Davis
Jason Little
Ben Schwartz

Young Adult Literature

Jonathan Hunt
Lynn Rutan
Rollie Welch