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24th Annual LA Times Book Awards

abstract:Highlighting the newspaper’s annual Festival of Books, the gala Book Prizes Awards ceremony honored ten authors for outstanding literary achievement.


April 26, 2004
— The Los Angeles Times presented its annual Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement to Ishmael Reed, award-winning author of more than 20 novels, essays, plays, and poems.


Book prizes honored outstanding literary achievement in nine categories:


American Empire: Roosevelt’s Geographer and the Prelude to Globalization
, by Neil Smith


Current Interest
The New Chinese Empire
, by Ross Terrill


Train: A Novel, by Pete Dexter


First Fiction/Art Seidenbaum Award
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
, by Mark Haddon


An Imperfect God: George Washington, His Slaves, and the Creation of America
, by Henry Wiencek


Soul Circus: A Novel, by April Smith


Collected Later Poems
, by Anthony Hecht


Science & Technology
Protecting America’s Health: The FDA, Business and One Hundred Years of Regulation
, by Philip J. Hilts


Young Adult Fiction
A Northern Light, by Jennifer Donnelly


Click here for a list of previous Los Angeles Times Book Prize winners.



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