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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.

article:

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:

 

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

 

Current Interest
The New Chinese Empire
, by Ross Terrill

 

Fiction
Train: A Novel, by Pete Dexter

 

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

 

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

 

Mystery/Thriller
Soul Circus: A Novel, by April Smith

 

Poetry
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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