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2015 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Winners Announced

The winners of this year’s Los Angeles Times Book Prizes were announced Saturday night at Bovard Auditorium on the campus of the University of Southern California. The Los Angeles Times Book Prizes have been awarded for 35 years and are the main event of the paper’s Festival of Books, which took place over the weekend at USC. 

Siri Hustvedt took home the fiction prize for her novel The Blazing World, which lampoons sexism in the New York art world with a story of a female painter in turn-of-the-century NYC. Claudia Rankine took home the poetry prize.

Here is the complete list of winners:

Biography: Napoleon: A Life by Andrew Roberts 

Current Interest: The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League by Jeff Hobbs 

Fiction: The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt 

Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction: Faces in the Crowd by Valeria Luiselli 

Graphic Novel/Comics: The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez 

History: The Deluge: The Great War, America and the Remaking of the Global Order, 1916-1931 by Adam Tooze

Mystery/Thriller: Dry Bones in the Valley by Tom Bouman

Poetry: “Citizen: An American Lyric” by Claudia Rankine 

Science and Technology: The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert

Young Adult Literature: The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming

2014 Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement for writers of the West: T.C. Boyle 

Innovator’s Award: LaVar Burton