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Los Angeles Times Book Prize 2010


Los Angeles Times Book Prize 2010

On April 29, 2011, the Los Angeles Times launched its weekend-long celebration of literature, authors, reading and community at the 31st Annual Book Prizes ceremony. Held at the Times' Chandler Auditorium and hosted by Book Critic David L. Ulin, the event honored the extraordinary literary accomplishments of 2010, in 12 categories.

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2010 Winners


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

Current Interest
THE BIG SHORT: Inside the Doomsday Machine, by Michael Lewis (W. W. Norton & Company)

Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction
THE HOUSE OF TOMORROW by Peter Bognanni (Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam)

A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD by Jennifer Egan (Knopf)

Graphic Novel
DUNCAN THE WONDER DOG: Show One, by Adam Hines (Adhouse Books)

THE KILLING OF CRAZY HORSE by Thomas Powers (Knopf)

CROOKED LETTER, CROOKED LETTER by Tom Franklin (William Morrow)

WHERE I LIVE: New & Selected Poems 1990-2010, by Maxine Kumin (W. W. Norton & Company)

Science & Technology
THE PRINCE OF ALTRUISM: George Price and the Search for the Origins of Kindness, by Oren Harman (W. W. Norton & Company)

Young Adult Literature
A CONSPIRACY OF KINGS by Megan Whalen Turner (Greenwillow/HarperCollins)

Robert Kirsch Award
Beverly Cleary

Innovator's Award
Powell's Books

2010 Finalists


2010 Innovator's Award
Powell's Books in Portland, Oregon

2010 Robert Kirsch Award
Beverly Cleary

GEROGE, NICHOLAS AND WILHELM: Three Royal Cousins and the Road to World War I by Miranda Carter (Knopf)
THE SECRET LIVES OF SOMERSET MAUGHAM by Selina Hastings (Random House)
UNBROKEN: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand (Random House)
HITCH-22: A Memoir by Christopher Hitchens (TWELVE/Hachette Book Group)
COLONEL ROOSEVELT by Edmund Morris (Random House)

Current Interest
THE PROMISE: President Obama, Year One by Jonathan Alter (Simon & Schuster)
WAR by Sebastian Junger (TWELVE/Hachette Book Group)
THE BIG SHORT: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis (W. W. Norton & Company)
ALL THE DEVILS ARE HERE: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis by Joe Nocera and Bethany McLean (Portfolio/Penguin Group)
JUST KIDS by Patti Smith (Ecco/HarperCollins)

NASHVILLE CHROME by Rick Bass (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
SOMETHING IS OUT THERE: Stories by Richard Bausch (Knopf)
A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD by Jennifer Egan (Knopf)
FREEDOM by Jonathan Franzen (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
DAY FOR NIGHT by Frederick Reiken (Reagan Arthur Books/Hachette Book Group)

Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction
THE HOUSE OF TOMORROW by Peter Bognanni (Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam)
THE GIN CLOSET by Leslie Jamison (Free Press/Simon & Schuster)
THE MORE I OWE YOU by Michael Sledge (Counterpoint)
PORTRAITS OFA FEW PEOPLE I’VE MADE CRY: Stories by Christine Sneed (University of  Massachusetts Press)
THE LOTUS EATERS by Tatjana Soli (St. Martin’s Press)

Graphic Novel
DUNCAN THE WONDER DOG: Show One by Adam Hines (Adhouse Books)
BODYWORLD by Dash Shaw (Pantheon)
THE LODGER by Karl Stevens (KSA Publishing)
YOU’LL NEVER KNOW, Book Two: COLLATERAL DAMAGE by C. Tyler (Fantagraphics)
WEATHERCRAFT by Jim Woodring (Fantagraphics)

WASHINGTON: A Life by Ron Chernow (The Penguin Press)
CULTURES OF WAR: Pearl Harbor/Hiroshima/9-11/Iraq by John W. Dower (W. W. Norton & Company and The New Press)
ROOSEVELT’S PURGE: How FDR Fought To Change the Democratic Party by Susan Dunn (The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press)
THE KILLING OF CRAZY HORSE by Thomas Powers (Knopf)
WATER: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization by Steven Solomon (HarperCollins)

CROOKED LETTER, CROOKED LETTER by Tom Franklin (William Morrow)
FAITHFUL PLACE by Tana French (Viking)
I’D KNOW YOU ANYWHERE by Laura Lippman (William Morrow)
COLLUSION by Stuart Neville (SoHo Press)
CITY OF DRAGONS by Kelli Stanley (Minotaur Books/A Thomas Dunne Book)

PIERCE THE SKIN: Selected Poems, 1982-2007 by Henri Cole (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
WHERE I LIVE: New & Selected Poems, 1990-2010 by Maxine Kumin (W. W. Norton & Company)
GOD’S OPTIMISM by Yehoshua November (Main Street Rag)
TO SEE THE EARTH BEFORE THE END OF THE WORLD by Ed Roberson (Wesleyan University Press)

Science & Technology
THE PRICE OF ALTRUISM: George Price and the Search for the Origins of Kindness by Oren Harman (W. W. Norton & Company)
THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee (Scribner)
MERCHANTS OF DOUBT: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway (Bloomsbury USA)
RADIOACTIVE: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redniss (It Books/HarperCollins)

Young Adult Literature
SUGAR CHANGED THE WORLD: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom and Science by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos (Clarion Books)
WICKED GIRLS: A Novel of the Salem Witch Trials by Stephanie Hemphill (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins)
THE RING OF SOLOMON by Jonathan Stroud (Disney/Hyperion Books for Children)
A CONSPIRACY OF KINGS by Megan Whalen Turner (Greenwillow/HarperCollins)
THE CURSE OF THE WENDIGO (The Monstrumologist) by  Rick Yancey (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing)