L.A. Times Book Prizes honoring 2019 recipients will take place on Friday, April 17th, 7PM.

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Innovator’s Award

(Award Added in 2009)

2019

WriteGirl

2018

Library of America

2017

Glory Edim

2016

Ruebén Martinez

2015

James Patterson

2014

LeVar Burton

2013

John Green

2012

Margaret Atwood

2011

Figment

2010

Powell’s Books, Portland, OR

2009

Dave Eggers

The Robert Kirsch Award

2018

Terry Tempest Williams

2017

John Rechy

2016

Thomas McGuane

2015

Juan Felipe Herrera

2014

TC Boyle

2013

Susan Straight

2012

Kevin Starr

2011

Rudolfo Anaya

2010

Beverly Cleary

2009

Evan S. Connell

2008

Robert Alter

2007

Maxine Hong Kingston

2006

William Kittredge

2005

Joan Didion

2004

Tony Hillerman

2003

Ishmael Reed

2002

Larry McMurtry

2001

Tillie Olsen

2000

Lawrence Ferlinghetti

1999

Ursula K. Le Guin

1998

John Sanford

1997

Ray Bradbury

1996

Gary Snyder

1995

Stephen J. Pyne

1994

Brian Moore

1993

Carolyn See

1992

Diane Johnson

1991

Ken Kesey

1990

Czeslaw Milosz

1989

Karl Shapiro

1988

Thom Gunn

1987

Paul Horgan

1986

Kay Boyle

1985

Janet Lewis

1984

Christopher Isherwood

1983

M.F.K. Fisher

1982

Ross Macdonald

1981

Wright Morris

1980

Wallace Stegner

The Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose

(Award Added in 2016)

2019

Emily Bernard / Black is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother's Time, My Mother's Time, and Mine (Knopf)

2018

Kiese Laymon / Heavy: An American Memoir (Scribner)

2017

Benjamin Taylor/ The Hue and Cry at Our House: A Year Remembered (Penguin Books)

2016

Wesley Lowery / They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement (Little, Brown and Company)

The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction

(Award Added in 1991)

2018

Nafissa Thompson-Spires / Heads of the Colored People (Atria/37 Ink)

2017

Jenny Zhang / Sour Heart (Lenny / Random House)

2016

Nathan Hill / The Nix (Alfred A. Knopf)

2015

Chigozie Obioma / The Fishermen (Little, Brown and Company)

2014

Valeria Luiselli (Christina MacSweeney, translation) / Faces in the Crowd (Coffee House Press)

2013

Maggie Shipsteadl / Seating Arrangements (Knopf)

2012

Maggie Shipstead / Seating Arrangements (Knopf)

2011

Ismet Prcic / Shards (Black Cat, Grove/Atlantic)

2010

Peter Bognanni / The House of Tomorrow (Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam)

2009

Philipp Meyer / American Rust (Spiegel & Grau)

2008

Zoë Ferraris / Finding Nouf (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

2007

Dinaw Mengestu / The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears (Riverhead Books)

2006

Alice Greenway / White Ghost Girls (Black Cat / Grove/Atlantic)

2005

Uzodinma Iweala / Beasts of No Nation: A Novel (HarperCollins)

2004

Lorraine Adams / Harbor (Alfred A. Knopf)

2003

Mark Haddon / The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Doubleday)

2002

Arthur Phillips / Prague: A Novel (Random House)

2001

Rachel Seiffert / The Dark Room (Pantheon Books)

2000

Pankaj Mishra / The Romantics: A Novel (Random House)

1999

Elizabeth Strout / Amy and Isabelle: A Novel (Random House)

1998

C.S. Godshalk / Kalimantaan (Henry Holt)

1997

Carolyn Ferrell / Don’t Erase Me: Stories (Houghton Mifflin)

1996

Mark Behr / The Smell of Apples (St. Martin’s)

1995

Mark Merlis / American Studies (Houghton Mifflin)

1994

Martin M. Šimecka / The Year of the Frog (Louisiana State University Press)

1993

Paul Kafka / Love (Enter) (Houghton Mifflin)

1992

Darryl Pinckney / High Cotton (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

1991

David Wong Louie / Pangs of Love (Alfred A. Knopf)

Biography

2018

David W. Blight / Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom (Simon & Schuster)

2017

Laura Dassow Walls / Henry David Thoreau: A Life (University of Chicago Press)

2016

Volker Ullrich / Hitler: Ascent, 1889-1939 (Alfred A. Knopf)

2015

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

2014

Andrew Roberts / Napoleon: A Life (Viking)

2013

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

2012

Robert A. Caro / The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson (Knopf)

2011

Clarence Darrow / Attorney for the Damned, John A. Farrell (Doubleday)

2010

Laura Hillenbrand / Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience & Redemption (Random House)

2009

Linda Gordon / Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits (W.W. Norton & Co.)

2008

Paula J. Giddings / Ida: A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching (Amistad/HarperCollins)

2007

Simon Sebag Montefiore / Young Stalin (Alfred A. Knopf)

2006

Neal Gabler / The Triumph of the American Imagination (Alfred A. Knopf)

2005

Hilary Spurling / Matisse the Master: A Life of Henri Matisse, the Conquest of Colour, 1909-1954 (Alfred A. Knopf)

2004

Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swande / Kooning: An American Master (Alfred A. Knopf)

2003

Neil Smith / American Empire: Roosevelt’s Geographer and the Prelude to Globalization (University of California Press)

2002

Robert A. Caro / Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Vol. 3 (Alfred A. Knopf)

2001

Edmund Morris / Theodore Rex (Random House)

2000

William J. Cooper, Jr / Jefferson Davis, American (Alfred A. Knopf)

1999

Judith Thurman / Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette (Alfred A. Knopf)

1998

A. Scott Berg / Lindbergh (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

1997

Sam Tanenhaus / Whittaker Chambers: A Biography (Random House)

1996

Frank McCourt / Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir (Scribner)

1995

Doris Lessing / Under My Skin: Volume One of My Autobiography, to 1949 (HarperCollins)

1994

Mikal Gilmore / Shot in the Heart (Doubleday)

1993

John Mack Faragher / Daniel Boone: The Life and Legend of an American Pioneer (Henry Holt)

1992

Blanche Wiesen Cook / Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume One 1884-1993 (Viking)

1991

T.H. Watkins / Righteous Pilgrim: The Life and Times of Harold L. Ickes, 1874-1952 (Henry Holt)

1990

Geoffrey C. Ward / A First-Class Temperament: The Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt (Harper & Row)

1989

Tobias Wolff / This Boy’s Life: A Memoir (Atlantic Monthly Press)

1988

Brenda Maddox / Nora: The Real Life of Molly Bloom (Houghton Mifflin)

1987

Kenneth S. Lynn / Hemingway (Simon & Schuster)

1986

Maynard Mack / Alexander Pope: A Life (W.W. Norton)

1985

Michael Scammell / Solzhenitsyn (W.W. Norton)

1984

Ernst Pawel / The Nightmare of Reason (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

1983

Seymour Hersh / The Price of Power: Kissinger in the Nixon White House (Summit Books)

1982

Gay Wilson Allen / Waldo Emerson: A Biography (Viking)

1981

David McCullough / Mornings on Horseback (Simon & Schuster)

1980

(Biography award concurrent with this year’s History award)

Current Interest

2018

Francisco Cantu / The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border (Riverhead Books)

2017

Nancy MacLean / Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America (Viking)

2016

Svetlana Alexievich (Bela Shayevich, translation) / Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets (Random House)

2015

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

2014

Jeff Hobbs / “The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League” (Scribner)

2013

Sheri Fink / Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital (Crown)

2012

Katherine Boo / Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity (Random House)

2011

Thinking Fast and Slow / Daniel Kahneman (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

2010

Michael Lewis / The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine (W. W. Norton & Company)

2009

Dave Eggers / Zeitoun (McSweeney’s Books)

2008

Barton Gellman / Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency (The Penguin Press)

2007

Elizabeth D. Samet / Soldier’s Heart: Reading Literature Through Peace and War at West Point (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

2006

Ian Buruma / Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance (Penguin Press)

2005

Anthony Shadid / Night Draws Near: Iraq’s People in the Shadow of America’s War (Henry Holt)

2004

Evan Wright / Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America and the New Face of American War (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

2003

Ross Terrill / The New Chinese Empire — And What It Means for the United States (Basic Books)

2002

Judith Levine / Harmful to Minors: The Perils of Protecting Children from Sex (University of Minnesota Press)

2001

Barbara Ehrenreich / Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting in America (Metropolitan Books, an imprint of Henry Holt and Company)

2000

Frances FitzGerald / Way Out There in the Blue: Reagan, Star Wars and the End of the Cold War (Simon & Schuster)

1999

Mitchell Duneier / Sidewalk (with Photographs Ovie Carter) (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

1998

Philip Gourevitch / We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families: Stories from Rwanda (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

1997

Anne 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)

1996

Peter Maass / Love Thy Neighbor: A Story of War (Alfred A. Knopf)

1995

Gregory Howard Williams / Life on the Color Line: The True Story of a White Boy Who Discovered He Was Black (Dutton)

1994

Henry Kissinger / Diplomacy (Simon & Schuster)

1993

Peter Skerry / Mexican Americans: The Ambivalent Minority (The Free Press)

1992

Francis Fukuyama / The End of History and the Last Man (The Free Press)

1991

E.J. Dionne, Jr. / Why Americans Hate Politics: The Death of the Democratic Process (Simon & Schuster)

1990

O.B. Hardison, Jr. / Disappearing through the Skylight: Culture and Technology in the Twentieth Centur (Viking)

1989

Taylor Branch / Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-1963 (Simon & Schuster)

1988

William Greider / Secrets of the Temple: How the Federal Reserve Runs the Country (Simon & Schuster)

1987

Richard Dawkins / The Blind Watchmaker (W.W. Norton)

1986

Joseph Lelyveld / Move Your Shadow: South Africa, Black and White (Times Books)

1985

Robert 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)

1984

Jane Jacobs / Cities and the Wealth of Nations (Random House)

1983

Walker Percy / Lost in the Cosmos (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

1982

Jonathan Schell / The Fate of the Earth (Alfred A. Knopf)

1981

Jacobo Timerman / Prisoner without a Name, Cell without a Number (Alfred A. Knopf)

1980

Harrison Salisbury / Without Fear or Favor (New York Times Books) [Winner of the General Award–no Current Interest Award this year]

Fiction

2018

Rebecca Makkai / The Great Believers (Viking)

2017

Mohsin Hamid/ Exit West (Riverhead Books)

2016

Adam Haslett / Imagine Me Gone (Little, Brown and Company)

2015

Valeria Luiselli, (Christina MacSweeney, translation) / The Story of My Teeth (Coffee House Press)

2014

Siri Hustvedt / The Blazing World (Simon & Schuster)

2013

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

2012

Ben Fountain / Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (HarperCollins Publishers / Ecco)

2011

Luminarium / Alex Shakar (SoHo Press)

2010

Jennifer Egan / A Visit From the Goon Squad (Knopf)

2009

Rafael Yglesias / A Happy Marriage (Scribner)

2008

Marilynne Robinson / Home (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

2007

Andrew O’Hagan / Be Near Me (Harcourt)

2006

A.B. Yehoshua (Hillel Halkin, Hebrew translation) / A Woman in Jerusalem (Harcourt)

2005

Gabriel García Márquez (Edith Grossman, Spanish translation) / Memories of My Melancholy Whores (Alfred A. Knopf)

2004

Colm Tóibín / The Master: A Novel (Scribner)

2003

Pete Dexter / Train: A Novel (Doubleday)

2002

Ian McEwan / Atonement: A Novel (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday)

2001

Mary Robison / Why Did I Ever (Counterpoint)

2000

David Means / Assorted Fire Events: Stories (Context Books)

1999

Amit Chaudhuri / Freedom Song: Three Novels (Alfred A. Knopf)

1998

W.G. Sebald (Michael Hulse, German translation) / The Rings of Saturn (New Directions)

1997

James Carlos Blake / In the Rogue Blood (Avon Books)

1996

Rohinton Mistry / A Fine Balance (Alfred A. Knopf)

1995

William Boyd / The Blue Afternoon (Alfred A. Knopf)

1994

David Malouf / Remembering Babylon (Pantheon Books)

1993

Barbara Kingsolver / Pigs in Heaven (HarperCollins)

1992

Art Spiegelman / Maus II, A Survivor’s Tale: And Here My Troubles Began (Pantheon Books)

1991

Allan Gurganus / White People (Alfred A. Knopf)

1990

Edna O’Brien / Lantern Slides (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

1989

Fay Weldon / The Heart of the Country (Viking)

1988

Gabriel García Marquez / Love in the Time of Cholera (Alfred A. Knopf)

1987

James Welch / Fools Crow (Viking)

1986

Margaret Atwood / The Handmaid’s Tale (Houghton Mifflin)

1985

Louis Erdrich / Love Medicine (Holt, Rinehart and Winston)

1984

Milan Kundera / The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Harper & Row)

1983

Thomas Keneally / Schindler’s List (Simon & Schuster)

1982

Robert Stone / A Flag for Sunrise (Alfred A. Knopf)

1981

D.M. Thomas / The White Hotel (Viking)

1980

Walker Percy / The Second Coming (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Graphic Novel/Comics

(Award Added in 2009)

2018

Tillie Walden/ On A Sunbeam (First Second)

2017

Leslie Stein / Present (Drawn & Quarterly)

2016

Nick Drnaso / Beverly (Drawn & Quarterly)

2015

Riad Sattouf / Arab of the Future: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1978-1984: A Graphic Memoir (Metropolitan Books)

2014

Jaime Hernandez / The Love Bunglers (Fantagraphics Books)

2013

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

2012

Sammy Harkham / Everything Together: Collected Stories (PictureBox)

2011

Finder: Voice / Carla Speed McNeil (Dark Horse)

2010

Adam Hines / Duncan the Wonder Dog: Show One (Adhouse Books)

2009

David Mazzucchelli / Asterios Polyp (Pantheon)

History

2018

Julia Boyd / Travelers in The Third Reich: the Rise of Facism 1919-1945 (Pegasus Books)

2017

Dan Egan / The Death and Life of the Great Lakes (W.W. Norton & Company)

2016

Benjamin Madley / An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873 (Yale University Press)

2015

Dan Ephron / Killing a King: The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and the Remaking of Israel (W. W. Norton and Company)

2014

Adam Tooze / The Deluge: The Great War, America and the Remaking of the Global Order, 1916-1931 (Viking)

2013

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

2012

Fergus M. Bordewich / America’s Great Debate: Henry Clay, Stephen A. Douglas, and the Compromise That Preserved the Union (Simon & Schuster)

2011

Richard White / Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America (W.W. Norton & Company)

2010

Thomas Powers / The Killing of Crazy Horse (Knopf)

2009

Kevin Starr / Golden Dreams: California in an Age of Abundance 1950 – 1963 (Oxford University Press)

2008

Mark Mazower / Hitler’s Empire: How the Nazis Ruled Europe (The Penguin Press)

2007

Tim Weiner / Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA (Doubleday)

2006

Lawrence Wright / The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 (Alfred A. Knopf)

2005

Adam Hochschild / Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire’s Slaves (Houghton Mifflin)

2004

Geoffrey R. Stone / Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime from the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism (W.W. Norton & Company)

2003

Henry Wiencek / An Imperfect God: George Washington, His Slaves, and the Creation of America (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

2002

Michael B. Oren / Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East (Oxford University Press)

2001

Rick Perlstein / Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus (Hill and Wang Division, Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

2000

Alice Kaplan / The Collaborator: The Trial and Execution of Robert Brasillach (University of Chicago Press)

1999

John W. Dower / Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II (W.W. Norton)

1998

Roy Porter / The Greatest Benefit to Mankind: A Medical History of Humanity (W.W. Norton)

1997

Orlando Figes / A People’s Tragedy: A History of the Russian Revolution (Viking)

1996

Neal Ascherson / Black Sea (Hill & Wang)

1995

Jackson Lears / Fables of Abundance: A Cultural History of Advertising in America (Basic Books)

1994

George Chauncey / Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940 (Basic Books)

1993

Anthony Grafton / New Worlds, Ancient Texts: The Power of Tradition and the Shock of Discovery (Harvard University Press)

1992

Alexander Stille / Benevolence and Betrayal: Five Italian Jewish Families under Fascism (Summit)

1991

Nicholas Lemann / The Promised Land: The Great Black Migration and How It Changed America (Alfred A. Knopf)

1990

Richard Fletcher / The Quest for El Cid (Alfred A. Knopf)

1989

Neal Gabler / An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood (Crown Books)

1988

Eric Foner / Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877 (Harper & Row)

1987

[No award in 1987]

1986

Geoffrey Hosking / The First Socialist Society: A History of the Soviet Union from Within (Harvard University Press)

1985

Evan S. Connell / Son of the Morning Star: Custer and the Little Bighorn (North Point Press)

1984

Robert Darnton / The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History (Basic Books)

1983

Fernand Braudel / The Wheels of Commerce (Harper & Row)

1982

Jonathan D. Spence / The Gate of Heavenly Peace: The Chinese and Their Revolution, 1895-1980 (Viking)

1981

Ray Allen Billington / Land of Savagery/Land of Promise (W.W. Norton)

1980

Ronald Steel / Walter Lippmann and the American Century (Atlantic/ Little Brown)

Mystery / Thriller

(Award Added in 2000)

2018

Oyinkan Braithwaite  / My Sister the Serial Killer (Doubleday)

2017

Joyce Carol Oates / A Book of American Martyrs (Ecco)

2016

Bill Beverly / Dodgers (Crown)

2015

Don Winslow / The Cartel (Alfred A. Knopf)

2014

Tom Bouman / Dry Bones in the Valley (W. W. Norton & Company)

2013

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

2012

Tana French / Broken Harbor (Viking)

2011

Stephen King / 11/22/1963 (Scribner)

2010

Tom Franklin / Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter (William Morrow)

2009

Stuart Neville / The Ghosts of Belfast (SOHO Press)

2008

Michael Koryta / Envy the Night (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Minotaur)

2007

Karin Fossum (Charlotte Barslund, translation) / The Indian Bride (Harcourt)

2006

Michael Connelly / Echo Park: A Novel (Little, Brown)

2005

Robert Littell / Legends: A Novel of Dissimulation (Overlook Press)

2004

Kem Nunn / Tijuana Straits: A Novel (Scribner)

2003

George P. Pelecanos / Soul Circus: A Novel (Little, Brown)

2002

George P. Pelecanos / Hell to Pay: A Novel (Little, Brown and Company)

2001

T. Jefferson Parker / Silent Joe (Hyperion)

2000

Val McDermid / A Place of Execution: A Novel (St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur)

Poetry

2018

Carl Phillips / Wild is the Wind: Poems (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

2017

Patricia Smith / Incendiary Art: Poems (TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press)

2016

Rosmarie Waldrop / Gap Gardening: Selected Poems (New Directions)

2015

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

2014

Claudia Rankine / Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf Press)

2013

Ron Padgett / Collected Poems (Coffee House Press)

2012

Louise Glück / Poems 1962-2012 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

2011

Carl Phillips / Double Shadow: Poems (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

2010

Maxine Kumin / Where I Live: New & Selected Poems 1990-2010 (W. W. Norton & Company)

2009

Brenda Hillman / Practical Water (Wesleyan University Press)

2008

Frank Bidart / Watching the Spring Festival: Poems (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

2007

Stanley Plumly / Old Heart: Poems (W.W. Norton)

2006

Frederick Seidel / Ooga-Booga (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

2005

Jack Gilbert / Refusing Heaven: Poems (Alfred A. Knopf)

2004

Richard Howard / Inner Voices: Selected Poems, 1963-2003 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

2003

Anthony Hecht / Collected Later Poems (Alfred A. Knopf)

2002

Cynthia Zarin / The Watercourse: Poems (Alfred A. Knopf)

2001

Anne Carson / The Beauty of the Husband: A Fictional Essay in 29 Tangos (Alfred A. Knopf)

2000

Gjertrud Schnackenberg / The Throne of Labdacus (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

1999

C.K. Williams / Repair: Poems (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

1998

Alice Notley / Mysteries of Small Houses (Penguin Books)

1997

Charles Wright / Black Zodiac (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

1996

Alan Shapiro / Mixed Company (The University of Chicago Press)

1995

Robert Pinsky / The Inferno of Dante (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

1994

Carolyn Forché / The Angel of History (HarperCollins)

1993

Mark Doty / My Alexandria (University of Illinois Press)

1992

Adrienne Rich / An Atlas of the Difficult World: Poems 1988-1991 (W.W. Norton)

1991

Phillip Levine / What Work Is (Alfred A. Knopf)

1990

John Caddy / The Color of Mesabi Bones (Milkweed)

1989

Donald Hall / The One Day: A Poem in Three Parts (Ticknor & Fields/ Houghton Mifflin)

1988

Richard Wilbur / New and Collected Poems (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich)

1987

William Meredith / Partial Accounts: New and Selected Poems (Alfred A. Knopf)

1986

Derek Walcott / Collected Poems, 1948-1984 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

1985

X.J. Kennedy / Cross Ties (University of Georgia Press)

1984

Charles Olson / The Maximus Poems (University of California Press)

1983

James Merrill / The Changing Light at Sandover (Atheneum)

1982

Allen Ginsberg / Plutonian Ode and Other Poems, 1977-1980 (City Lights)

1981

Ntozake Shange / Three Pieces (St. Martin’s Press)

1980

Robert Kelly / Kill the Messenger (Black Sparrow)

Science and Technology

(Award Added in 1989)

2018

Beth Macy / Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America (Little, Brown & Company)

2017

Robert Sapolsky / Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst (Penguin Press)

2016

Luke Dittrich / Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets (Random House)

2015

Andrea Wulf / The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World (Alfred A. Knopf)

2014

Elizabeth Kolbert / The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History (Henry Holt & Co.)

2013

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

2012

Florence Williams / Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History (W.W. Norton & Company)

2011

Sylvia Nasar / Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius (Simon & Schuster)

2010

Oren Harman / The Price of Altruism: George Price and the Search for the Origins of Kindness (W. W. Norton & Company)

2009

Graham Farmelo / The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom (Basic Books/Perseus Book Group)

2008

Leonard Susskind / The Black Hole War: My Battle with Stephen Hawking to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics (Little, Brown and Co.)

2007

Douglas Hofstadter / I Am A Strange Loop (Basic Books)

2006

Eric R. Kandel / In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind (W.W. Norton)

2005

Diana Preston / Before the Fallout: From Marie Curie to Hiroshima (Walker & Company)

2004

Charles Wohlforth / The Whale and the Supercomputer: On the Northern Front of Climate Change (North Point Press / Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

2003

Philip J. Hilts / Protecting America’s Health: The FDA, Business, and One Hundred Years of Regulation (Alfred A. Knopf)

2002

Brenda Maddox / Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA (HarperCollins Publishers)

2001

Richard Hamblyn / The Invention of Clouds: How an Amateur Meteorologist Forged the Language of the Skies (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

2000

James Le Fanu, M.D. / The Rise and Fall of Modern Medicine (Carroll & Graf)

1999

Dava Sobel / Galileo’s Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love (Walker and Company)

1998

Douglas Starr / Blood: An Epic History of Medicine and Commerce (Alfred A. Knopf)

1997

Steven Pinker / How the Mind Works (W.W. Norton)

1996

Carl Sagan / The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark (Random House)

1995

Edward O. Wilson / Naturalist (Island Press)

1994

Jonathan Weiner / The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time (Alfred A. Knopf)

1993

Daniel McNeill and Paul Freiberger / Fuzzy Logic: The Discovery of a Revolutionary Computer Technology — and How It Is Changing Our World (Simon & Schuster)

1992

Jared Diamond / The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal (HarperCollins)

1991

Grigori Medvedev / The Truth about Chernobyl (Basic Books)

1990

Jane S. Smith / Patenting the Sun: Polio and the Salk Vaccine (William Morrow)

1989

Frans de Waal / Peacemaking among Primates (Harvard University Press)

Young Adult Literature

(Award Added in 1998)

2018

Elizabeth Acevedo / The Poet X (HarperTeen)

2017

Jason Reynolds / Long Way Down (Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books)

2016

Frances Hardinge / The Lie Tree (Harry N. Abrams)

2015

Marilyn Nelson / My Seneca Village (namelos)

2014

Candace Fleming / The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia (Schwartz & Wade/Random House Children’s)

2013

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

2012

A.S. King / Ask the Passengers (Little, Brown Books For Young Readers)

2011

The Big Crunch / Pete Hautman (Scholastic Press)

2010

Megan Whalen Turner / A Conspiracy of Kings (Greenwillow/HarperCollins)

2009

Elizabeth Partridge / Marching for Freedom: Walk Together Children and Don’t You Grow Weary (Viking Children’s Books/Penguin Group)

2008

Terry Pratchett / Nation (HarperCollins)

2007

Philip Reeve / A Darkling Plain (The Hungry City Chronicles) (Eos Books/HarperCollins)

2006

Coe Booth / Tyrell (Push / Scholastic)

2005

Per Nilsson (Tara Chace, Swedish translation) / You & You & You (Front Street/Boyds Mills Press)

2004

Melvin Burgess / Doing It (Henry Holt Books for Young Readers)

2003

Jennifer Donnelly / A Northern Light (Harcourt Children’s Books)

2002

M.T. Anderson / Feed (Candlewick Press)

2001

Mildred D. Taylor / The Land (Phyllis Fogelman Books, Penguin Putnam)

2000

Jacqueline Woodson / Miracle’s Boys (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers)

1999

Robert Cormier / Frenchtown Summer (Delacorte Press)

1998

Joan Bauer / Rules of the Road (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)