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." http://www.latimes.com/extras/bookprizes/index.html Los Angeles Times
Book Prizes home page.
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. The prizes are presented the day before the annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books