2012 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Finalists:
Train Dreams by Denis Johnson
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux,
About:a day laborer in the old American West, bearing witness to terrors and glories with compassionate, heartbreaking calm
Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
About: An adventure tale about an eccentric family adrift in its failing alligator-wrestling theme park, told by a 13-year-old heroine wise beyond her years
The Pale King by the late David Foster Wallace
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
About: A posthumously completed novel, animated by grand ambition, that explores boredom and bureaucracy in the American workplace.
2016 Pulitzer Prize Winner
It's a massive day in arts and journalism because the 100th annual Pulitzer Prize winners were just announced, and there's a big surprise. 2015's best artistic and nonfiction writing across 21 categories were recognized during a ceremony Monday afternoon at Columbia University in New York City. The first Pulitzer Prize was awarded to Hebert Bayward Swope, a reporter for The New York World, in 1916. (And if you're as big a fan of Newsies as I am, that paper should ring a bell, but try to think of it more positively.)
The major prize for book nerds, the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction went to The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove Press), a legitimate surprise, if you've been paying attention to the book nerd and industry buzz. The feeling around the prize in the last few months would have you putting all your hard-earned cash down on A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara to take home the award, but that's why you should never gamble. Viet Thanh Nguyen is no less deserving, and moreover, it's his debut novel, which makes it such a wonderful win.
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