Posted on May 5, 2020 at 8:15 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize!
You can browse a complete list on the prize website, but here are the bookish recipients:
Fiction: The Nickel Boys, by Colson Whitehead.
History: Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America, by W. Caleb McDaniel.
Biography: Sontag: Her Life and Work, by Benjamin Moser.
Poetry: The Tradition, by Jericho Brown.
General nonfiction: The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America, by Greg Grandin, and The Undying: Pain, Vulnerability, Mortality, Medicine, Art, Time, Dreams, Data, Exhaustion, Cancer, and Care, by Anne Boyer.
In addition to honoring work in journalism and other mediums, the Pulitzer board this year gave a posthumous honor to Ida B. Wells, the journalist and suffragist who documented lynching in the United States.
This year’s prizes were also noteworthy in that the ceremony went virtual and also took place a few weeks later than normal, to allow the journalists who judge the awards more time as they continue covering the coronavirus pandemic.
The Pulitzer website includes a quick preview of each book, along with the two runners-up for each category; for a critical take, the New York Times links to its reviewers’ commentary in its roundup.
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