Los Angeles author Sam Quinones won at the National Book Critics Circle last night for "Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic." His book examines the reasons why heroin and other opiates have become drugs of the upper middle class. Quinones was a reporter at the Los Angeles and left in 2014.
Quinones won in the nonfiction category. His LAT colleague, Jill Leovy, was a finalist in the same category for “Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America.” Full set of winners.
Last year Quinones publicly objected to the way "60 Minutes" did a story on heroin addiction after listening to his pitches.