Book Prizes 2022 | L.A. Times Festival of Booksfhernandez2022-11-07T00:10:39+00:00
L.A. Times Book Prizes
The Los Angeles Times Book Prizes are dedicated to discovering new voices and celebrating the highest quality of writing across the spectrum of book publishing. This year’s ceremony will mark 42 years of recognizing literary achievement. The event will be hosted by Julia Turner, Managing Editor of Arts and Entertainment, and feature remarks by Executive Editor Kevin Merida, and Books Editor, Boris Kachka, among many others. Stay tuned for more details!
Sponsored by the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, this award encompasses
fiction, travel writing, memoir and diary and honors exceptional work.
Deborah Levy is the 2021 winner for
Real Estate: A Living Autobiography. The third in a series,Real Estate
breathes deep on its own, said the judges in their comments. Levy
gorgeously wrestles with place, people, art, and work to create a funny,
wise, and affecting self-portrait of a person much in the middle of
discovering who she was, is, and hopes to be.
Reginald Dwayne Betts, poet and activist, is the 2021 winner of the
Innovator’s Award for his work with Freedom Reads. Betts has written
powerfully about the role of books and reading in navigating his own
prison experience. In its mission to bring books directly into the lives
of the incarcerated, Freedom Reads offers readers a gateway to the
transformative power of literature.
Luis J. Rodriguez is the 42nd winner of the Times’ annual Robert Kirsch
Award for lifetime achievement. The award is given to an author with a
substantial connection to the American West whose contribution to American
letters deserves special recognition. Luis served as the official Poet
Laureate of Los Angeles from 2014 to 2016. Through poetry, memoir, essays,
fiction, and journalism, he has used his craft to advocate for youth lost
to gang life, to promote peace in our communities, and to bring people
together in this chaotic world.
For more than four decades, the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes have recognized outstanding literary works published in fiction, history, poetry, biography, young adult literature, science and technology, science fiction and more. The book prizes are a vital and prestigious part of the annual Festival of Books, and now you can support them through our community fund. Make sure to select “LA Times Book Prizes” as the project when making your donation.