Sunday, April 26, 2015

Anthony Doerr’s ‘All the Light We Cannot See’ wins the 2015 Pulitzer for Fiction

Congratulations to Anthony Doerr, winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, for his novel, All The Light We Cannot See. The judges called Doerr’s book “an imaginative and intricate novel inspired by the horrors of World War II and written in short, elegant chapters that explore human nature and the contradictory power of technology." (Reviewed in this blog 3/6/15)

Other finalists for the prize in fiction were Richard Ford for Let Me Be Frank With You; Laila Lalami for The Moor’s Account; and Joyce Carol Oates for Lovely, Dark, Deep.

The prize for Poetry went to Gregory Pardlo for Digest. Other finalists were Alan Shapiro for Reel to Reel and Arthur Sze for Compass Rose.

Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People by Elizabeth Fenn won the History Prize. Other finalists were Empire of Cotton: A Global History by Sven Beckert and An Empire on the Edge: How Britain Came to Fight America by Nick Bunker.

Biography or Autobiography
The winning book was The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe by David I. Kertzer. Other finalists were Louis Armstrong: Master of Modernism by Thomas Brothers and Stalin: Volume I: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928 by Stephen Kotkin.

General Nonfiction
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert took the General Nonfiction prize. Finalists were: No Good Men Among the Living by Anand Gopal and Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China by Evan Osnos.

The winner was Between Riverside and Crazy by Stephen Adly Guirgis. Nominated finalists were Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2, 3) by Suzan-Lori Parks and Marjorie Prime by Jordan Harrison.

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