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Nathan Hill, Rosemarie Waldrop Among Authors Awarded Los Angeles Times Book Prizes

Nathan Hill, who won best 2017 Los Angeles Times Book Award for First Fiction. (Photo via Facebook)
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The 37th Annual Los Angeles Book Award winners were announced on Friday at the beginning of the LA Times Festival of Books, awarding writers for First Fiction, Autobiographical Prose, Current Interest, and more. Tig Notaro hosted the evening in Bovard Auditorium at the University of Southern California. Since its first year in 1980, writers like Joan Didion, Allen Ginsberg, John Green, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez have received honors. This year's batch of writers demonstrates the continued excellence in contemporary literature, with many winners touching on subjects relevant to our current political and historical climate. The nominees are judged by a panel of working writers and include 11 different subject categories.

Here is the full list of winners:

Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction

Nathan Hill
The Nix
Alfred A. Knopf

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Volker Ullrich
Hitler: Ascent, 1889-1939
Alfred A. Knopf

The Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose

Wesley Lowery
They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement
Little, Brown and Company

Current Interest

Svetlana Alexievich (Author), Bela Shayevich (Translator)
Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets
Random House


Adam Haslett
Imagine Me Gone
Little, Brown and Company

Graphic Novel/Comics

Nick Drnaso
Drawn & Quarterly


Benjamin Madley
An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873
Yale University Press

Mystery / Thriller

Bill Beverly


Rosmarie Waldrop
Gap Gardening: Selected Poems
New Directions

Science & Technology

Luke Dittrich
Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets
Random House

Young Adult Literature

Frances Hardinge
The Lie Tree
Harry N. Abrams