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

The finalists for the 41st Los Angeles Times Book Prizes have been announced and can be seen here. Winners will be announced in a virtual ceremony on April 16, the day before the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books begins.

In addition, winners in three special categories were announced:

The Book Industry Charitable Foundation is the recipient of this year's Innovator's Award. Binc was cited for "helping stores severely affected by closures due to the pandemic."

The Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement, which recognizes "a writer's contributions to literature about the American West," is going to Leslie Marmon Silko. The organization said that Silko, "who grew up on the Laguna Pueblo Reservation in New Mexico, writes primarily about the Native American experience and native traditions and community. She is a MacArthur fellow and the author of Laguna Woman, Ceremony and Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit, among other books."

The Christopher Isherwood Prize for autobiographical prose is going to Andrew O'Hagan for his coming-of-age novel Mayflies, cited for being "both deeply personal and universal. In one seminal night and one all-encompassing friendship, Andrew O'Hagan captures youth and joy and the possibilities in the shimmering future."


The longlist for the 2021 Green Earth Book Awards, given annually to "children's and young adult literature that best convey the message of environmental stewardship" and sponsored by the Nature Generation, have been announced and can be seen here. The winners will be announced on Earth Day, April 22.

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