The Pulitzer Prize winners were announced yesterday afternoon. They are:
Olive Kitteridge, by Elizabeth Strout (Random House)
The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, by Annette Gordon-Reed (Norton)
American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, by Jon Meacham (Random House)
The Shadow of Sirius, by W. S. Merwin (Copper Canyon Press)
Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II, by Douglas A. Blackmon (Doubleday)
It appears that Gordon-Reed is the new Junot Diaz. She’s already won the National Book Award, was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award (along with Olive Kitteridge), and is the first African American to win the Pulitzer history prize. She’s still waiting to hear about the $50,000 George Washington Book Prize, which will be announced May 28th–the same day as the Pulitzer luncheon. I dare say the odds are stacked on her favor.
For a full list of finalists, click here.