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Los Angeles Times Book Prizes 2018


Los Angeles Times Book Prizes 2018

The finalists for the 39th annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes have been announced. The winners will be revealed at a ceremony at USC's Bovard Auditorium on April 12, 2019, the day before the start of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.

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2018 Finalists


Robert Kirsch Award

  • Terry Tempest Williams

Innovator's Award

  • Library of America

The Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose

  • HEAVY: An American Memoir, by Kiese Laymon (Scribner)

Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction

  • THE DEEPER THE WATER THE UGLIER THE FISH by Katya Apekina (Two Dollar Radio)
  • ASYMMETRY by Lisa Halliday (Simon & Schuster)
  • THE INCENDIARIES by R. O. Kwon (Riverhead Books)
  • THERE THERE by Tommy Orange (Knopf)
  • HEADS OF THE COLORED: Stories, by Nafissa Thompson-Spires (Atria / 37 INK)


  • FREDERICK DOUGLASS: Prophet of Freedom, by David W. Blight (Simon and Schuster)
  • REPORTER: A Memoir, by Seymour M. Hersh (Knopf)
  • AMERICAN EDEN: David Hosack, Botany and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic, by Victoria Johnson (Liveright)
  • REAGAN: An American Journey, by Bob Spitz (Penguin Press)
  • EDUCATED: A Memoir, by Tara Westover (Random House)

Current Interest

  • THE LINE BECOMES A RIVER: Dispatches from the Border, by Francisco Cantú (Riverhead Books)
  • BAD BLOOD: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup, by John Carreyrou (Knopf)
  • THE FIFTH RISK by Michael Lewis (W. W. Norton & Company)
  • BECOMING by Michelle Obama (Crown)
  • THE LIBRARY BOOK by Susan Orlean (Simon & Schuster)


  • WASHINGTON BLACK by Esi Edugyan (Knopf)
  • THE WILDLANDS by Abby Geni (Counterpoint)
  • AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE by Tayari Jones (Algonquin Books)
  • THE GREAT BELIEVERS by Rebecca Makkai (Viking)
  • WARLIGHT by Michael Ondaatje (Knopf)

Graphic Novel/Comics

  • THE PERVERT by Remy Boydell and Michelle Perez (Image Comics)
  • WHY ART? by Eleanor Davis (Fantagraphics Books)
  • SHIT IS REAL by Aisha Franz (Drawn and Quarterly)
  • THE STRANGE by Jérôme Ruillier (Drawn and Quarterly)
  • ON A SUNBEAM by Tillie Walden (First Second)


  • TRAVELERS IN THE THIRD REICH: The Rise of Fascism 1919-1945, by Julia Boyd (Pegasus Books)
  • SCOTS & CATALANS: Union and Disunion, by J.H. Elliott (Yale University Press)
  • EMPRESS: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan, by Ruby Lal (W. W. Norton & Company)
  • THE BROWNS OF CALIFORNIA: The Family Dynasty that Transformed a State and Shaped a Nation, by Miriam Pawel (Bloomsbury Publishing)
  • EMPIRE OF GUNS: The Violent Making of the Industrial Revolution, by Priya Satia (Penguin Press)


  • GIVE ME YOUR HAND by Megan Abbott (Little, Brown and Company)
  • GREEN SUN by Kent Anderson (Mulholland Books)
  • NOVEMBER ROAD by Lou Berney (William Morrow)
  • MY SISTER, THE SERIAL KILLER by Oyinkan Braithwaite (Doubleday)
  • THE PERFECT NANNY by Leila Slimani (Penguin Books)


  • FEELD by Jos Charles (Milkweed Editions)
  • GHOST OF by Diana Khoi Nguyen (Omnidawn)
  • WILD IS THE WIND: Poems, by Carl Phillips (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • STILL LIFE WITH TWO DEAD PEACOCKS AND A GIRL Poems, by Diane Seuss (Graywolf Press)

Science & Technology

  • WHAT THE EYES DON'T SEE: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City, by Mona Hanna-Attisha (One World)
  • TIMEFULNESS: How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save the World, by Marcia Bjornerud (Princeton University Press)
  • NINE PINTS: A Journey Through the Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of Blood, by Rose George (Metropolitan Books)
  • AMITY AND PROSPERITY: One Family and the Fracturing of America, by Eliza Griswold (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • DOPESICK: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America, by Beth Macy (Little, Brown and Company)

Young Adult Literature

  • THE POET X by Elizabeth Acevedo (HarperTeen)
  • PICTURE US IN THE LIGHT by Kelly Loy Gilbert (Disney-Hyperion)
  • A FEW RED DROPS: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919, by Claire Hartfield (Clarion Books)
  • HEY, KIDDO! by Jarrett Krosoczka (Graphix)
  • THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER by Emily X.R. Pan (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)