Some of the most provocative topics in American political discourse — from the opioid crisis to racial identity to the country’s southern border — were at the heart of the books celebrated Friday night during the 39th annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes.Held inside USC’s Bovard Auditorium, the ceremony kicked off The Times’ weekend-long Festival of Books by honoring 12 authors, including Corona native Terry Tempest Williams, who received the Robert Kirsch award for lifetime achievement. The festival, which is now in its 25th year, will bring together more than 500 writers, musicians and artists as tens of thousands attendees descend on USC’s campus.Former U.S. Border Patrol agent Francisco Cantu received the current events prize for “The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches From the Border.” He said Friday that writing the book was the “only way to make sense of what” he had experienced while conducting immigration enforcement operations.“We have to hear more voices of those who are affected by immigration enforcement,” he said. “Listen to these voices that are coming from the border. Listen to them, review them, extend your platforms to them.” Former Roanoke Times reporter Beth Macy earned top honors in the Science and Technology category for… Read full this story
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