The Pulitzer Prize for the Novel has been handed down since 1918. In 1948 the title of the award was changed to the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. On April 10, 2017, the Pulitzer committee released its 101st class of winners.
The Pulitzer, which honors America’s strongest journalistic and creative work, is usually chosen from a pool of finalists selected by experts in each category (the Pulitzer jury) and then narrowed down to a single winner by the Pulitzer board.
This year’s winners included some head scratchers, some long-overdue victories, and a few no-brainers, all of which to say that it was pretty standard for the Pulitzers. Though, there were some surprises, the majority of the honors were bestowed on some of the year’s most talked about pieces of writing.
Book-lovers should pay attention to the six winners in the Letters, Drama & Music Category, which includes Fiction, Drama, History, Biography or Autobiography, Poetry, General Nonfiction, and Music.
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The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction is one of the biggest honors in literature, and past winners have included critically acclaimed bestsellers like Junot Díaz, Elizabeth Strout, Cormac McCarthy, Jhumpa Lahiri, Michael Chabon, Toni Morrison, and Jeffrey Eugenides. The finalists for the prize are never announced in advance, so it's always a surprise finding out which book will take home the top honor and become the #1 book on everyone's spring TBR list. For the fiction winner (and all the others in the Arts & Letters), see below:
The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
The Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction: Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
The Pulitzer Prize for History: Blood in the Water by Heather Ann Thompson
The Pulitzer Prize for Autobiography or Biography: The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between by Hisham Matar
The Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: Olio by Tyehimba Jess
There are 21 categories that celebrate the best in journalism, music, photography, drama and other art fields. Meanwhile, it's time to head to the bookshops and stock up for ultimate 2017 reads.
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