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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Los Angeles Times Book Awards 1980-2009

2010 Finalists
2010 Robert Kirsch Award
Robert Kirsch, whose idea became the inspiration for the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, was the newspaper’s book critic from 1952 until his death in 1980. In addition to writing criticism, Kirsch was a novelist, editor and teacher.

Winner Beverly Cleary

2010 Innovator’s Award
The Innovator’s Award recognizes the people and institutions that are doing cutting edge work to bring books, publishing and storytelling into the future, whether in terms of new business models, new technologies or new applications of narrative art.

Powell’s Books, Portland, Oregon

Biography Finalists
Miranda Carter, George, Nicholas and Wilhelm: Three Royal Cousins and the Road to World War I
Selina Hastings, The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham (Random House)
Laura Hillenbrand, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience & Redemption
Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22: A Memoir (TWELVE/Hachette Book Group)
Edmund Morris, Colonel Roosevelt (Random House)

Current Interest Finalists
Jonathan Alter, The Promise: President Obama, Year One (Simon & Schuster)
Sebastian Junger, War (TWELVE/Hachette Book Group)
Michael Lewis, The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine (W. W. Norton & Company)
Joe Nocera & Bethany McLean, All the Devils Are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis
Patti Smith, Just Kids (Ecco/HarperCollins)

Fiction Finalists
Rick Bass, Nashville Chrome (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Richard Bausch, Something is Out There: Stories (Knopf)
Jennifer Egan, A Visit From the Goon Squad (Knopf)
Jonathan Franzen, Freedom (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Frederick Reiken, Day for Night (Reagan Arthur Books/Hachette Book Group)

Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction Finalists
Peter Bognanni, The House of Tomorrow (Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam)
Leslie Jamison, The Gin Closet (Free Press/Simon & Schuster)
Michael Sledge, The More I Owe You (Counterpoint)
Christine Sneed, Portraits of a Few People I’ve Made Cry: Stories (University of Massachusetts Press)
Tatjana Soli, The Lotus Eaters (St. Martin’s Press)

Graphic Novel Finalists
Adam Hines, Duncan the Wonder Dog: Show One (Adhouse Books)
Dash Shaw, Bodyworld (Pantheon)
Karl Stevens, The Lodger (KSA Publishing)
C. Tyler, You’ll Never Know, Book Two: Collateral Damage (Fantagraphics)
Jim Woodring, Weathercraft (Fantagraphics)

History Finalists
Ron Chernow, Washington: A Life (The Penguin Press)
John W. Dower, Cultures of War: Pearl Harbor/Hiroshima/9-11/Iraq
Susan Dunn, Roosevelt’s Purge: How FDR Fought To Change the Democratic Party
Thomas Powers,The Killing of Crazy Horse (Knopf)
Steven Solomon,Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization (HarperCollins)

Mystery / Thriller Finalists
Tom Franklin, Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter (William Morrow)
Tana French, Faithful Place (Viking)
Laura Lippman, I’d Know You Anywhere (William Morrow)
Stuart Neville, Collusion (SoHo Press)
Kelli Stanley, City of Dragons (Minotaur Books/A Thomas Dunne Book)

Poetry Finalists
Henri Cole, Pierce the Skin: Selected Poems, 1982-2007 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Maxine Kumin, Where I Live: New & Selected Poems 1990-2010
Yehoshua November, God’s Optimism (Main Street Rag)
Craig Santos Perez, From Unincorporated Territory {Saina}, (Omnidawn)
Ed Roberson, To See the Earth Before the End of the World, (Wesleyan University Press)

Science & Technology Finalists
Oren Harman, The Price of Altruism: George Price and the Search for the Origins of Kindness (W. W. Norton & Company)
Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer (Scribner)
Naomi Oreskes & Erik M. Conway, Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming (Bloomsbury USA)
Lauren Redniss, Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout (It Books/HarperCollins)
Rebecca Skloot, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Crown)

Young Adult Literature Finalists
Marc Aronson & Marina Budhos, Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom and Science
Stephanie Hemphill, Wicked Girls: A Novel of the Salem Witch Trials
Jonathan Stroud, The Ring of Solomon 
Megan Whalen Turner, A Conspiracy of Kings (Greenwillow/HarperCollins)
Rick Yancey, The Curse of the Wendigo (The Monstrumologist)

The winners of the 2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, including the first graphic novel award, are:

Biography: Linda Gordon for Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits (Norton)
Current Interest: Dave Eggers for Zeitoun (McSweeney's)
Fiction: Rafael Yglesias, for A Happy Marriage (Scribner)
Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction: Philipp Meyer for American Rust
Graphic Novel: David Mazzucchelli for Asterios Polyp (Pantheon)
History: Kevin Starr for Golden Dreams: California in an Age of Abundance 1950–1963
Mystery/Thriller: Stuart Neville for The Ghosts of Belfast (Soho Press)
Poetry: Brenda Hillman for Practical Water (Wesleyan University Press)
Science and Technology: Graham Farmelo for The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom
Young Adult Literature: Elizabeth Partridge for Marching for Freedom: Walk Together Children and Don't You Grow Weary

In addition, Evan S. Connell won the Robert Kirsch Award lifetime achievement award, and Dave Eggers won the first Innovator's Award.

The awards were announced during the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, held this past weekend. For finalists and other information, go to latimesbookprizes.com.

Winners of the 2008 Los Angeles Times Book Awards were named last Friday at "a scaled-down awards ceremony . . . with as much enthusiasm and humor as any of the more grandly produced affairs of recent years," the Times reported.

The winners included:

Biography: Ida: A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching by Paula J. Giddings
Current Interest: Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency by Barton Gellman
Fiction: Home: A Novel by Marilynne Robinson
Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction: Finding Nouf: A Novel by Zoe Ferraris
History: Hitler's Empire: How the Nazis Ruled Europe by Mark Mazower
Mystery/Thriller--Envy the Night by Michael Koryta
Poetry: Watching the Spring Festival: Poems by Frank Bidart
Science and Technology: The Black Hole War: My Battle with Stephen Hawking to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics by Leonard Susskind
Young Adult Literature: Nation by Terry Pratchett

Robert Kirsch Award Winner: Robert Alter (mostly biblical books, what is this award?)

2008 Shortlist:
H.W. Brands, "A Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt"
Ernest Freeberg, "Democracy's Prisoner: Eugene V. Debs, the Great War, and the Right to Dissent"
Paula J. Giddings, "Ida: A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching"
Jon Meacham, "American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House"
Jackie Wullschlager, "Chagall: A Biography"

Current Interest:
Steve Coll, "The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century"
Dexter Filkins, "The Forever War"
Barton Gellman, "Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency"
Jane Mayer, "The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals"
Jill Bolte Taylor, "My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey"

Sebastian Barry, "The Secret Scripture"
Richard Price, "Lush Life"
Marilynne Robinson, "Home"
Joan Silber, "The Size of the World"
Marisa Silver, "The God of War"

Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction:
Uwem Akpan, "Say You're One of Them"
Zoe Ferraris, "Finding Nouf"
Sadie Jones, "The Outcast"
Roma Tearne, "Mosquito"
David Wroblewski, "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle"

Michael Dobbs, "One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War"
Drew Gilpin Faust, "This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War"
Mark Mazower, "Hitler's Empire: How the Nazis Ruled Europe"
Thomas J. Sugrue, "Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North"
Rick Wartzman, "Obscene in the Extreme: The Burning and Banning of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath"

Colin Harrison, "The Finder"
Michael Koryta, "Envy the Night"
Simon Lewis, "Bad Traffic: An Inspector Jian Novel"
Nina Revoyr, "The Age of Dreaming"
Tom Rob Smith, "Child 44"

Frank Bidart, "Watching the Spring Festival: Poems"
Jorie Graham, "Sea Change: Poems"
Marie Howe, "The Kingdom of Ordinary Time: Poems"
Cole Swensen, "Ours"
Connie Voisine, "Rare High Meadow of Which I Might Dream"

Science & Technology:
Avery Gilbert, "What the Nose Knows: The Science of Scent in Everyday Life"
Kenneth R. Miller, "Only a Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America's Soul"
Martin J.S. Rudwick, "Worlds Before Adam: The Reconstruction of Geohistory in the Age of Reform"
Leonard Susskind, "The Black Hole War: My Battle with Stephen Hawking to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics"
Carl Zimmer, "Microcosm: E. coli and the New Science of Life"

Young Adult Literature:
Candace Fleming, "The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary"
Neil Gaiman, "The Graveyard Book"
Oscar Hijuelos, "Dark Dude"
Nate Powell, "Swallow Me Whole"
Terry Pratchett, "Nation"

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Since 1980, the Los Angeles Times has awarded a set of annual book prizes. The Prizes "currently have nine single-title categories: biography, current interest, fiction, first fiction (the Art Seidenbaum Award added in 1991), history, mystery/thriller (category added in 2000), poetry, science and technology (category added in 1989), and young adult fiction (category added in 1998). In addition, the Robert Kirsch Award is presented annually to a living author with a substantial connection to the American West whose contribution to American letters deserves special recognition".

The Book Prize program was founded by the late Art Seidenbaum, a Los Angeles Times book editor from 1978 to 1985; an award named after him was added a year after his death in 1990. The Robert Kirsch Award is named after the longtime Times book critic who died in 1980. Works are eligible during the year of their first US publication in English, though English does not have to be the original language of the work. The author of each winning book and the Kirsch Award recipient receives a citation and $1,000.

Previous Winners:


2007: Young Stalin by Simon Sebag Montefiore
2006: Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination by Neal Gabler
2005: Matisse the Master: A Life of Henri Matisse, the Conquest of Colour, 1909-1954 by Hilary Spurling
2004: de Kooning: An American Master by Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan
2003: American Empire: Roosevelt’s Geographer and the Prelude to Globalization by Neil Smith
2002: Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Vol. 3 by Robert A. Caro
2001: Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris
2000: Jefferson Davis, American by William J. Cooper, Jr.
1999: Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman
1998: Lindbergh by A. Scott Berg
1997: Whittaker Chambers: A Biography by Sam Tanenhaus
1996: Angela's Ashes: A Memoir by Frank McCourt
1995: Under My Skin: Volume One of My Autobiography, to 1949 by Doris Lessing
1994: Shot in the Heart by Mikal Gilmore
1993; Daniel Boone: The Life and Legend of an American Pioneer by John Mack Faragher
1992: Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume One 1884-1993 by Blanche Wiesen Cook
1991: Righteous Pilgrim: The Life and Times of Harold L. Ickes, 1874-1952 by T.H. Watkins
1990: A First-Class Temperament: The Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt by Geoffrey C. Ward
1989: This Boy's Life: A Memoir by Tobias Wolff
1988: Nora: The Real Life of Molly Bloom by Brenda Maddox
1987: Hemingway by Kenneth S. Lynn
1986: Alexander Pope: A Life by Maynard Mack
1985: Solzhenitsyn by Michael Scammell
1984: The Nightmare of Reason by Ernst Pawel
1983: The Price of Power: Kissinger in the Nixon White House by Seymour Hersh
1982: Waldo Emerson: A Biography by Gay Wilson Allen
1981: Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough
1980: (Biography award concurrent with this year's History award)

Current interest

2007: Soldier's Heart: Reading Literature Through Peace and War at West Point by Elizabeth D. Samet
2006: Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance by Ian Buruma
2005: Night Draws Near: Iraq's People in the Shadow of America's War, by Anthony Shadid
2004: Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America and the New Face of American War by Evan Wright
2003: The New Chinese Empire -- And What It Means for the United States by Ross Terrill
2002: Harmful to Minors: The Perils of Protecting Children from Sex by Judith Levine
2001: Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich
2000: Way Out There in the Blue: Reagan, Star Wars and the End of the Cold War by Frances FitzGerald
1999: Sidewalk (with Photographs by Ovie Carter) by Mitchell Duneier
1998: We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families: Stories from Rwanda by Philip Gourevitch
1997: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures by Anne Fadiman
1996: Love Thy Neighbor: A Story of War by Peter Maass
1995: Life on the Color Line: The True Story of a White Boy Who Discovered He Was Black by Gregory Howard Williams
1994: Diplomacy by Henry Kissinger
1993: Mexican Americans: The Ambivalent Minority by Peter Skerry
1992: The End of History and the Last Man by Francis Fukuyama
1991: Why Americans Hate Politics: The Death of the Democratic Process by E.J. Dionne, Jr.
1990: Disappearing through the Skylight: Culture and Technology in the Twentieth Century by O.B. Hardison, Jr.
1989: Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-1963 by Taylor Branch
1988: Secrets of the Temple: How the Federal Reserve Runs the Country by William Greider
1987: The Blind Watchmaker by Richard Dawkins
1986: Move Your Shadow: South Africa, Black and White by Joseph Lelyveld
1985: Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life by Robert N. Bellah, Richard Madsen, William M. Sullivan, Ann Swidler and Steven M. Tipton
1984: Cities and the Wealth of Nations by Jane Jacobs
1983: Lost in the Cosmos by Walker Percy
1982: The Fate of the Earth by Jonathan Schell
1981: Prisoner without a Name, Cell without a Number by Jacobo Timerman
1980: Without Fear or Favor by Harrison Salisbury [Winner of the General Award--no Current Interest Award this year]


2008: Home by Marilynne Robinson
2007: Be Near Me by Andrew O'Hagan
2006: A Woman in Jerusalem by A. B. Yehoshua
2005: Memories of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel García Márquez
2004: The Master by Colm Tóibín
2003: Train: A Novel by Pete Dexter
2002: Atonement: A Novel by Ian McEwan
2001: Why Did I Ever by Mary Robison
2000: Assorted Fire Events: Stories by David Means
1999: Freedom Song: Three Novels by Amit Chaudhuri
1998: The Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald
1997: In the Rogue Blood by James Carlos Blake
1996: A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
1995: The Blue Afternoon by William Boyd
1994: Remembering Babylon by David Malouf
1993: Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver
1992: Maus II, A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began by Art Spiegelman
1991: White People by Allan Gurganus
1990: Lantern Slides by Edna O'Brien
1989: The Heart of the Country by Fay Weldon
1988: Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Marquez
1987: Fools Crow by James Welch
1986: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
1985: Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
1984: The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
1983: Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally
1982: A Flag for Sunrise by Robert Stone
1981: The White Hotel by D.M. Thomas
1980: The Second Coming by Walker Percy


2008: Hitler’s Empire: How the Nazis Ruled Europe by Mark Mazower
2007: Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA by Tim Weiner
2006: The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright
2005: Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves by Adam Hochschild
2004: Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime from the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism by Geoffrey R. Stone
2003: An Imperfect God: George Washington, His Slaves, and the Creation of America by Henry Wiencek
2002: Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Michael B. Oren
2001: Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus by Rick Perlstein
2000: The Collaborator: The Trial and Execution of Robert Brasillach by Alice Kaplan
1999: Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II by John W. Dower
1998: The Greatest Benefit to Mankind: A Medical History of Humanity by Roy Porter
1997: A People's Tragedy: A History of the Russian Revolution by Orlando Figes
1996: Black Sea by Neal Ascherson
1995: Fables of Abundance: A Cultural History of Advertising in America by Jackson Lears
1994: Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940 by George Chauncey
1993: New Worlds, Ancient Texts: The Power of Tradition and the Shock of Discovery by Anthony Grafton
1992: Benevolence and Betrayal: Five Italian Jewish Families under Fascism by Alexander Stille
1991: The Promised Land: The Great Black Migration and How It Changed America by Nicholas Lemann
1990: The Quest for El Cid by Richard Fletcher
1989: An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood by Neal Gabler
1988: Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877 by Eric Foner
1987: [No award in 1987]
1986: The First Socialist Society: A History of the Soviet Union from Within by Geoffrey Hosking
1985: Son of the Morning Star: Custer and the Little Bighorn by Evan S. Connell
1984: The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History by Robert Darnton
1983: The Wheels of Commerce by Fernand Braudel
1982: The Gate of Heavenly Peace: The Chinese and Their Revolution, 1895-1980 by Jonathan D. Spence
1981: Land of Savagery/Land of Promise by Ray Allen Billington
1980: Walter Lippmann and the American Century by Ronald Steel


2008: Envy the Night by Michael Koryta
2007: The Indian Bride by Karin Fossum, translated by Charlotte Barslund
2006: Echo Park by Michael Connelly
2005: Legends by Robert Little
2004: Tijuana Straits by Kem Nunn
2003: Soul Circus by George P. Pelecanos
2002: Hell to Pay by George P. Pelecanos
2001: Silent Joe by T. Jefferson Parker
2000: A Place of Execution by Val McDermid
1999: [Award added in 2000]

Science and technology

2008: The Black Hole War: My Battle with Stephen Hawking to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics by Leonard Susskind
2007: I Am a Strange Loop by Douglas Hofstadter
2006: In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind by Eric R. Kandel
2005: Before the Fallout: From Marie Curie to Hiroshima by Diana Preston
2004: The Whale and the Supercomputer: On the Northern Front of Climate Change by Charles Wohlforth
2003: Protecting America’s Health: The FDA, Business, and One Hundred Years of Regulation by Philip J. Hilts
2002: Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA by Brenda Maddox
2001: The Invention of Clouds: How an Amateur Meteorologist Forged the Language of the Skies by Richard Hamblyn
2000: The Rise and Fall of Modern Medicine by James Le Fanu, M.D.
1999: Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love by Dava Sobel
1998: Blood: An Epic History of Medicine and Commerce by Douglas Starr
1997: How the Mind Works by Steven Pinker
1996: The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan
1995: Naturalist by Edward O. Wilson
1994: The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time by Jonathan Weiner
1993: Fuzzy Logic: The Discovery of a Revolutionary Computer Technology -- and How It Is Changing Our World by Daniel McNeill and Paul Freiberger
1992: The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal by Jared Diamond
1991: The Truth about Chernobyl by Grigori Medvedev
1990: Patenting the Sun: Polio and the Salk Vaccine by Jane S. Smith
1989: Peacemaking among Primates by Frans de Waal
1988: [Award added in 1989]


* 2008: Watching the Spring Festival: Poems by Frank Bidart
* 2007: Old Heart: Poems by Stanley Plumly (W. W. Norton)
* 2006: Ooga-Booga by Frederick Seidel (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
* 2005: Refusing Heaven: Poems by Jack Gilbert (Alfred A. Knopf)
* 2004: Inner Voices: Selected Poems, 1963-2003 by Richard Howard
* 2003: Collected Later Poems by Anthony Hecht (Alfred A. Knopf)
* 2002: The Watercourse: Poems by Cynthia Zarin (Alfred A. Knopf)
* 2001: The Beauty of the Husband: A Fictional Essay in 29 Tangos by Anne Carson
* 2000: The Throne of Labdacus by Gjertrud Schnackenberg (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
* 1999: Repair: Poems by C.K. Williams (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
* 1998: Mysteries of Small Houses by Alice Notley (Penguin Books)
* 1997: Black Zodiac by Charles Wright (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
* 1996: Mixed Company by Alan Shapiro (The University of Chicago Press)
* 1995: The Inferno of Dante by Robert Pinsky (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
* 1994: The Angel of History by Carolyn Forché (HarperCollins)
* 1993: My Alexandria by Mark Doty (University of Illinois Press)
* 1992: An Atlas of the Difficult World: Poems 1988-1991 by Adrienne Rich
* 1991: What Work Is by Philip Levine (Alfred A. Knopf)
* 1990: The Color of Mesabi Bones by John Caddy (Milkweed)
* 1989: The One Day: A Poem in Three Parts by Donald Hall (Ticknor & Fields/
* 1988: New and Collected Poems by Richard Wilbur (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich)
* 1987: Partial Accounts: New and Selected Poems by William Meredith (Alfred A.
* 1986: Collected Poems, 1948-1984 by Derek Walcott (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
* 1985: Cross Ties by X.J. Kennedy (University of Georgia Press)
* 1984: The Maximus Poems by Charles Olson (University of California Press)
* 1983: The Changing Light at Sandover by James Merrill (Atheneum)
* 1982: Plutonian Ode and Other Poems, 1977-1980 by Allen Ginsberg (City Lights)
* 1981: Three Pieces by Ntozake Shange (St. Martin's Press)
* 1980: Kill the Messenger by Robert Kelly (Black Sparrow)

Young adult fiction

* 2008: Nation by Terry Pratchett
* 2007: A Darkling Plain by Philip Reeve
* 2006: Tyrell by Coe Booth
* 2005: You and You and You by Per Nilsson, translated from the Swedish by Tara Chace
* 2004: Doing It by Melvin Burgess
* 2003: A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
* 2002: Feed by M.T. Anderson
* 2001: The Land by Mildred D. Taylor
* 2000: Miracle's Boys by Jacqueline Woodson
* 1999: Frenchtown Summer by Robert Cormier
* 1998: Rules of the Road by Joan Bauer
* 1997: [Award added in 1998]

The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction

* 2008: Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris
* 2007: The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu
* 2006: White Ghost Girls by Alice Greenway
* 2005: Beasts of No Nation by Uzodinma Iweala
* 2004: Harbor by Lorraine Adams
* 2003: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
* 2002: Prague by Arthur Phillips
* 2001: The Dark Room by Rachel Seiffert
* 2000: The Romantics by Pankaj Mishra
* 1999: Amy and Isabelle by Elizabeth Strout
* 1998: Kalimantaan by C. S. Godshalk
* 1997: Don't Erase Me: Stories by Carolyn Ferrell
* 1996: The Smell of Apples by Mark Behr
* 1995: American Studies by Mark Merlis
* 1994: The Year of the Frog by Martin M. Šimecka
* 1993: Love by Paul Kafka
* 1992: High Cotton by Darryl Pinckney
* 1991: Pangs of Love by David Wong Louie
* 1990: (Award added in 1991)

The Robert Kirsch Award
* 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

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