The jurors provided the following citation for why LARB was selected as one of this year’s winners:
A pillar of West Coast literary culture with national impact, Los Angeles Review of Books astounds with its scope. Its essays, reviews, and interviews are imbued with the irresistible appeal of fresh ideas and the rigor of academic inquiry. As an organization it creates and renews vital space for connection, especially through its innovative publishing workshop. New and accomplished international authors and translators cascade out of LARB, and its coverage of contemporary literature is steeped in style and substance. The commitment to history, critical thought, imagination, and to its eponymous city runs deep.
We are a literary arts nonprofit that began as an entirely volunteer-run endeavor 12 years ago. As our former Editor-in-Chief Boris Dralyuk put it on the site formerly known as Twitter, this was a "red letter day for all those who've worked their hearts out" to make the magazine what the Whiting Foundation judges say it is.
Special thanks are also due to our founder, Tom Lutz, managing editors past and present Medaya Ocher and Chloe Watlington, our brilliant network of editors, and countless contributing writers who have shared their work in our pages. LARB is truly a community of readers, writers, donors, members, teachers, speakers, students, and friends.
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