Sam Quinones, 'Dreamland' win at National Book Critics Circle


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.

More by Kevin Roderick:
'In on merit' at USC
Read the memo: LA Times hires again
Read the memo: LA Times losing big on search traffic
Google taking over LA's deadest shopping mall
Gustavo Arellano, many others join LA Times staff
Recent Books stories on LA Observed:
Rats, demon cats and politicians from LA to Washington
Madeleine Albright
Kwame Anthony Appiah
Harlan Ellison, dangerous visionary
LA Observed Notes: Gaza to El Segundo, Kilauea to Burbank
Backstage at the Huntington
Caravan Books closed
Caravan Book Store closing