Friday, July 22, 2011

Award Winners

According to Seymour Topping, professor emeritus at Columbia University and former Administrator of Pulitzer Prizes, "Joseph Pulitzer stood out as the very embodiment of American journalism" in the late nineteeth century.  Topping describes Pulitzer as "a visionary, who richly endowed his profession."  He was the first to call for the training of journalists at the university level and of course, the establishment of the Pulitzer Prizes in his will, is a testament to his vision.  (pulitzer.org)

This spring, A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan won both the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award.  Check out these other Pulitzer winners announced this spring and available at the library.

Nonfiction:  The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Biography:  Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow

History:  The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery by Eric Foner

Founded in 1974, the mission of The National Book Critics Circle is to honor outstanding writing and to foster a national conversation about reading, criticism and literature.  (bookcritics.org)  In addition to Egan's recent work, other 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award Winners available for check out are:
Nonfiction:  The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

Biography:  How to Live or A Life of Montaigne One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer  by Sarah  Bakewell

Autobiography:  Half a Life by Darin Strauss

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