21 April 2009

Meet your Pulitzer Prize winners

In fiction: Elizabeth Strout, OLIVE KITTERIDGE
In nonfiction: Annette Gordon-Reed, THE HEMINGSES OF MONTICELLO
In poetry: W.S. Merwin, THE SHADOW OF SIRIUS
In general nonfiction (how is this different?): Douglas A. Blackmon, SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME
In drama: Lynn Notage, RUINED

I'm 0 for 6 on these... anyone else?

Also, this week's sign of the apocalpyse (TM Sports Illustrated): Ryan Gabrielson and Paul Giblin of the Mesa, AZ East Valley Tribune shared an award for best local reporting for a five-part story on a local sheriff's undue focus on immigration enforcement; Giblin has since been laid off as was metro editor Patti Epler who shepherded the project. The paper's publisher told Portfolio that she didn't think it diminished the prize at all. Hmmm.


Elizabeth said...

Two of those are on my to-read list...does that count?

Marjorie said...

The Internet wants to tell me that The Hemingses of Monticello won for history, while the general nonfiction category is for nonfiction that isn't eligible in any other category. I was just looking at Slavery by Another Name yesterday and it sure looks like history to me, but maybe it's supposed to be more sociology, or something of the sort...

I'm 0 for 6 as well. I keep running into the Meacham book, shaking my fist at it, and saying "Damn you, Andrew Jackson!" (I'm exaggerating, but just barely.) I already tended to do this when confronted with $20 bills, and now this book has gone and won the Pulitzer. I feel like Jackson and I are having a fight and I'm losing...

Ellen said...

Marjorie, I think there are two kinds of people in the biography-reading world: those who read biographies of 19th century presidents, and those who read biographies of 20th century presidents. I fear I was born into the latter category because my folks have both read the multi-volume Robert Caro LBJ books.

But I probably wouldn't want to get into a fight with Andrew Jackson anyway, he looks like he could hurt people. (On the $20 at least.)