Awards: L.A. Times Book; Green Earth Book

The winners of the Los Angeles Times Book Awards, announced during the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, are:

Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction: Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang (Lenny/Random House)
Biography: Henry David Thoreau: A Life by Laura Dassow Walls (University of Chicago Press)
Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose: The Hue and Cry at Our House: A Year Remembered by Benjamin Taylor (Penguin Books)
Current Interest: Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America by Nancy MacLean (Viking)
Fiction: Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Riverhead Books)
Graphic Novel/Comics: Present by Leslie Stein (Drawn and Quarterly)
History: The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (Norton)
Mystery/Thriller: A Book of American Martyrs by Joyce Carol Oates (Ecco)
Poetry: Incendiary Art: Poems by Patricia Smith (TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press)
Science & Technology: Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst by Robert M. Sapolsky (Penguin)
Young Adult Literature: Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds (Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books)


The winners of the 2018 Green Earth Book Award, sponsored by the Nature Generation and honoring "books that best convey the environmental stewardship message and inspire youth to grow a deeper appreciation, respect, and responsibility for their natural environment," have been announced. Winning authors and illustrators receive $1,500. To see the organization's recommended reading list, click here.

Picture Book:
Winner: Creekfinding: A True Story by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, illustrated by Claudia McGehee (University of Minnesota Press)
Honor Winner: Out of School and Into Nature: The Anna Comstock Story by Suzanne Slade, illustrated by Jessica Lanan (Sleeping Bear Press)

Children's Nonfiction:
Winner: Sea Otter Heroes: The Predators That Saved an Ecosystem by Patricia Newman (Millbrook Press)
Honor Winners:
The Hidden Life of a Toad by Doug Wechsler (Charlesbridge)
This Book Stinks! Gross Garbage, Rotten Rubbish, and the Science of Trash by Sarah Wassner Flynn (National Geographic Kids)

Children's Fiction:
Winner: Forest World by Margarita Engle (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
Honor Winner: The Last Panther by Todd Mitchell (Delacorte Books for Young Readers)

Young Adult Nonfiction:
Winner: Trashing the Planet: Examining Our Global Garbage Glut by Stuart A. Kallen (Twenty-First Century Books)
Honor Winner: Geoengineering Earth's Climate: Resetting the Thermostat by Jennifer Swanson (Twenty-First Century Books)

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