The event concluded Saturday evening with the naming of the 33rd annual book prizes at the University of Southern California's Bovard Auditorium, a news release from the Times said.
Kevin Starr, former California State Library and author of a multi-volume comprehensive history of California, was honored with the Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement. Atwood was presented with the Innovator's Award for cutting-edge business models, technology or applications of narrative art.
Other winners included:
-- "The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson" by Robert Caro for best biography.
-- "Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and a Hope in a Mumbai Undercity" by Katherine Boo for best current interest.
-- "Billy Flynn's Long Halftime Walk" by Ben Fountain for best fiction.
-- "Seating Arrangements" by Maggie Shipstead, which won the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction.
-- "Everything Together: Collected Stories" by Sammy Harkham for best graphic novel or comic.
-- "America's Great Debate: Henry Clay, Stephen A. Douglas, and the Compromise That Preserved the Union" by Fergus M. Bordwich for best history book.
-- "Broken Harbor" by Tana French for best mystery or thriller.
-- "Poems, 1962-2012" by Louise Gluck for best poetry.
-- "Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History" by Florence Williams for best science and technology book.
-- "Ask the Passengers" by A.S. King for best young adult literature.
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