2009 Pulitzer Prizes

It’s that time of year. This week, a 19-member board at Columbia University selected the 2009 Pulitzer Prize winners in categories ranging from feature writing in journalism to photography to fiction and drama. See the full list of winners here.

As NPR reports, the journalism awards are bittersweet as more and more news organizations move online. Those of us who value the news can only hope online journalism will raise the bar: this year, although online journalism could be nominated, no Pulitzers were awarded to stories in that medium.

Non-journalism awards went to:

  • Fiction – Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
  • Drama – Ruined by Lynn Nottage 
  • History – The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family by Annette Gordon-Reed
  • Biography – American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham
  • Poetry – The Shadow of Sirius by W.S. Merwin 
  • General Nonfiction – Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas A. Blackmon
  • Music – Double Sextet by Steve Reich, premiered March 26, 2008 in Richmond, VA

More for my reading list! Has anyone read these books? If so, do you agree with the committee’s decisions?


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