The Los Angeles Times Book Prizes were awarded Saturday at the 21st Annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, the newspaper announced Sunday.

James Patterson received the Innovator’s Award, in recognition of his cutting-edge contributions to literature and literacy efforts, the newspaper annouced. And Juan Felipe Herrera was honored with the Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement.

The Book Prizes ceremony is a highlight of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, the largest literary and cultural festival in America. This year’s festival convened over 600 authors, musicians, artists, chefs and personalities at the University of Southern California campus.

Book preizes winner from 2015 included:

Biography: Hayden Herrera, “Listening to Stone: The Art and Life of Isamu Noguchi,” published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Current Interest: Sarah Chayes, “Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security,” W. W. Norton and Company.

Fiction: Valeria Luiselli, translated by Christina MacSweeney, “The Story of My Teeth,” Coffee House Press.

Graphic Novel/Comics: the late Riad Sattouf, “Arab of the Future: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1978-1984: A Graphic Memoir,” Metropolitan Books.

History: Dan Ephron, “Killing a King: The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and the Remaking of Israel,” W. W. Norton and Company.

Mystery/Thriller: Don Winslow, “The Cartel,” Alfred A. Knopf.

Poetry: Jorie Graham, “From the New World: Poems 1976-2014,” Ecco/HarperCollins.

Science & Technology: Andrea Wulf,” The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World,” Alfred A. Knopf.

The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction: Chigozie Obioma, “The Fishermen,” Little, Brown and Company.

Young Adult Literature: Marilyn Nelson, “My Seneca Village,” namelos.

–City News Service

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