2019 Pulitzer Prize

The 2019 Pulitzer Prizes were awarded by the Pulitzer Prize Board for work during the 2018 calendar year. Prize winners and nominated finalists were announced by Dana Canedy at 3:00 p.m. EST on April 15, 2019.[1]

The Washington Post won two prizes, as did The New York Times; The Wall Street Journal won one; and the Sun-Sentinel won its second Pulitzer for Public Service.[2]

Journalism

Public Service
The Sun-Sentinel, for "exposing failings by school and law enforcement officials before and after the deadly shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School."[3]
ProPublica, for "emotionally resonant reporting on migrant family separation at the U.S./Mexico border, including haunting audio of detained and distressed children desperate to reunite with their parents."[3]
The Washington Post, for "commanding and courageous coverage of the murder of Saudi-born journalist and Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi inside Saudi Arabia’s Turkish consulate."[3]
Breaking News Reporting
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette staff, for "immersive, compassionate coverage of the massacre at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue that captured the anguish and resilience of a community thrust into grief."[4]
Staff of the Chico Enterprise-Record in collaboration with the Bay Area News Group, for "committed coverage of an epic California wildfire that consumed more than 18,000 buildings in 150,000 acres, and took 86 lives. (Moved by the jury from Local Reporting, where it was originally entered.)"[4]
Staff of the Sun-Sentinel, for "exhaustive and lucid multi-platform coverage of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School rampage that brought compassion and clarity to a horrific tragedy."[4]
Investigative Reporting
Matt Hamilton, Harriet Ryan and Paul Pringle of the Los Angeles Times, for "consequential reporting on a University of Southern California gynecologist accused of violating hundreds of young women for more than a quarter-century."[5]
David Barstow, Susanne Craig and Russ Buettner of The New York Times, for "an exhaustive 18-month investigation of President Donald Trump’s finances that debunked his claims of self-made wealth and revealed a business empire riddled with tax dodges."[5]
Kathleen McGrory and Neil Bedi of the Tampa Bay Times, for "impactful reporting, based on sophisticated data analysis, that revealed an alarming rate of patient fatalities following Johns Hopkins’ takeover of a pediatric heart treatment facility."[5]
Explanatory Reporting
David Barstow, Susanne Craig and Russ Buettner of The New York Times, for "an exhaustive 18-month investigation of President Donald Trump’s finances that debunked his claims of self-made wealth and revealed a business empire riddled with tax dodges."[6]
Aaron Glantz and Emmanuel Martinez of Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, (in collaboration with Associated Press, PRX and the PBS NewsHour), for "an exposé of redlining that analyzed more than 30 million mortgage records to uncover discrimination in the banking system, highlighting how skin color still shuts out millions of people from home ownership."[6]
Kyra Gurney, Nicholas Nehamas, Jay Weaver and Jim Wyss of the Miami Herald, for "an ambitious explanation of a far-reaching criminal operation in which South American gold mining fueled international money laundering, urban street crime, environmental degradation, child exploitation, drug trafficking and a thriving precious metals industry in Miami."[6]
Staff of The Washington Post, for "exhaustive data analysis and haunting storytelling that revealed the vast number of unsolved homicide cases in America’s major cities."[6]
Local Reporting
The Advocate staff, for "a damning portrayal of the state’s discriminatory conviction system, including a Jim Crow-era law, that enabled Louisiana courts to send defendants to jail without jury consensus on the accused’s guilt."[7]
Barbara Laker, Wendy Ruderman, Dylan Purcell and Jessica Griffin of The Philadelphia Inquirer, for "dogged scientific investigation and evocative storytelling that exposed toxic dangers lurking in Philadelphia school buildings that sickened children in their classrooms."[7]
Brandon Stahl, Jennifer Bjorhus, MaryJo Webster and Renée Jones Schneider of the Star Tribune, for "an illuminating and disturbing series that exposed breakdowns in Minnesota’s investigation and prosecution of rape cases, and how such ineptitude fails victims of sexual assault."[7]
National Reporting
Staff of The Wall Street Journal, for "uncovering President Trump’s secret payoffs to two women during his campaign who claimed to have had affairs with him, and the web of supporters who facilitated the transactions, triggering criminal inquiries and calls for impeachment."[8]
Staff of Associated Press, for "authoritative coverage of the Trump administration’s migrant family separation policy that exposed a federal government overwhelmed by the logistics of caring for and tracking thousands of immigrant children."[8]
Staff of The New York Times with contributions from Carole Cadwalladr of The Guardian/The Observer, for "reporting on how Facebook and other tech firms allowed the spread of misinformation and failed to protect consumer privacy, leading to Cambridge Analytica’s theft of 50 million people’s private information, data that was used to boost Donald Trump’s campaign."[8]
International Reporting
Maggie Michael, Maad al-Zikry and Nariman El-Mofty of The Associated Press, for "a revelatory yearlong series detailing the atrocities of the war in Yemen, including theft of food aid, deployment of child soldiers and torture of prisoners."[9]
Staff of Reuters, with notable contributions from Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, for "expertly exposing the military units and Buddhist villagers responsible for the systematic expulsion and murder of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, courageous coverage that landed its reporters in prison."[9]
Rukmini Callimachi of The New York Times, for "dissecting the power and persistence of the ISIS terror movement, through relentless on-the-ground and online reporting, and masterful use of podcast storytelling."[9]
Feature Writing
Hannah Dreier of ProPublica, for "a series of powerful, intimate narratives that followed Salvadorian immigrants on New York’s Long Island whose lives were shattered by a botched federal crackdown on the international criminal gang MS-13."[10]
Deanna Pan and Jennifer Berry Hawes of The Post and Courier, for "a deeply moving examination of racial injustice in South Carolina that led to the execution of a 14-year-old black boy wrongfully convicted of killing two white girls, and that ultimately exonerated him seven decades after his death."[10]
Elizabeth Bruenig of The Washington Post, for "eloquent reflections on the exile of a teen sexual assault victim in the author’s West Texas hometown, delving with moral authority into why the crime remained unpunished."[10]
Commentary
Tony Messenger of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, for "bold columns that exposed the malfeasance and injustice of forcing poor rural Missourians charged with misdemeanor crimes to pay unaffordable fines or be sent to jail."[11]
Caitlin Flanagan of The Atlantic, for "luminous columns that expertly explore the intersection of gender and politics with a personal, yet keenly analytical, point of view."[11]
Melinda Henneberger of The Kansas City Star, for "examining, in spare and courageous writing, institutional sexism and misogyny within her hometown NFL team, her former governor’s office and the Catholic Church."[11]
Criticism
Carlos Lozada of The Washington Post, for "trenchant and searching reviews and essays that joined warm emotion and careful analysis in examining a broad range of books addressing government and the American experience."[12]
Jill Lepore of The New Yorker, for "critical, yet restrained, explorations of incredibly varied subjects, from Frankenstein to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, that combined literary nuance with intellectual rigor."[12]
Manohla Dargis of The New York Times, for "authoritative film criticism that considered the impact of movies both inside the theater and in the wider world with rare passion, craftsmanship and insight."[12]
Editorial Writing
Brent Staples of The New York Times, for "editorials written with extraordinary moral clarity that charted the racial fault lines in the United States at a polarizing moment in the nation’s history."[13]
Editorial Staff of The Advocate, for "persuasive editorials that prompted Louisiana voters to abolish a Jim Crow-era law that undermined equal justice in the jury system."[13]
Editorial Staff of the Capital Gazette, for "deeply personal editorials that reflected on gun violence, loss and recovery following a newsroom attack that left five of the writers’ colleagues dead."[13]
Editorial Cartooning
Darrin Bell, a freelance cartoonist, for "beautiful and daring editorial cartoons that took on issues affecting disenfranchised communities, calling out lies, hypocrisy and fraud in the political turmoil surrounding the Trump administration."[14]
Ken Fisher, drawing as Ruben Bolling, freelancer, for "pointed political commentary, informed by comics history, that provided readers nuanced satire of the Trump phenomenon."[14]
Rob Rogers, freelancer, for "provocative illustrations that channeled cultural and historical references with expert artistry and an eye for hypocrisy and injustice."[14]
Breaking News Photography
The photography staff of Reuters, for "a vivid and startling visual narrative of the urgency, desperation and sadness of migrants as they journeyed to the U.S. from Central and South America."[15]
Noah Berger, John Locher and Ringo H. W. Chiu of Associated Press, for "devastating images that chronicled the historic 2018 fire season in California and captured the destruction from massive blazes as they spread at an extraordinary pace".[15]
Photography Staff of Associated Press, for "searing images that chronicled clashes between Palestinians and Israelis in the Gaza Strip."[15]
Feature Photography
Lorenzo Tugnoli of The Washington Post, for "brilliant photo storytelling of the tragic famine in Yemen, shown through images in which beauty and composure are intertwined with devastation. (Moved by the jury from Breaking News Photography, where it was originally entered.)"[16]
Craig F. Walker of The Boston Globe, for "superb photography and sophisticated visual storytelling that brought understanding to the story of a young boy living with a complex developmental disability."[16]
Maggie Steber and Lynn Johnson of National Geographic, for "a compelling, dignified photo narrative that provides an intimate look at the youngest face transplant recipient in the U.S."[16]

Letters, Drama, and Music

Fiction
The Overstory, by Richard Powers, an "ingeniously structured narrative that branches and canopies like the trees at the core of the story whose wonder and connectivity echo those of the humans living amongst them."[17]
The Great Believers, by Rebecca Makkai, an "artful novel that chronicles a mother’s search for her estranged daughter against the backdrop of the AIDS crisis, and contemplates the ripples of grief affecting generations of survivors."[17]
There There, by Tommy Orange, a "compassionate debut that, through 12 Native American narrators making their way to a California powwow, offers a chorus of voices struggling with questions of identity and authenticity."[17]
Drama
Fairview, by Jackie Sibblies Drury, a "hard-hitting drama that examines race in a highly conceptual, layered structure, ultimately bringing audiences into the actors’ community to face deep-seated prejudices."[18]
Dance Nation, by Clare Barron, a "refreshingly unorthodox play that conveys the joy and abandon of dancing, while addressing the changes to body and mind of its preteen characters as they peer over the precipice toward adulthood." [18]
What the Constitution Means to Me, by Heidi Schreck, a "charming and incisive analysis of gender and racial biases inherent to the U.S. Constitution that examines how this living document could evolve to fit modern America." [18]
History
Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, by David W. Blight, a "breathtaking history that demonstrates the scope of Frederick Douglass’ influence through deep research on his writings, his intellectual evolution and his relationships."[19]
American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic, by Victoria Johnson, a "beautiful restoration of the world of botanist and surgeon Dr. David Hosack whose forward-looking views embodied early American ambitions in transatlantic scientific discourse."[19]
Civilizing Torture: An American Tradition, by W. Fitzhugh Brundage, a "morally engaging investigation of torture that measures American ideals of democracy and equality against a dark, uncomfortable reality."[19]
Biography or Autobiography
The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke, by Jeffrey C. Stewart, a "panoramic view of the personal trials and artistic triumphs of the father of the Harlem Renaissance and the movement he inspired."[20]
Proust's Duchess: How Three Celebrated Women Captured the Imagination of Fin-de-Siècle Paris, by Caroline Weber, a "revelatory work that speaks to the power and influence of three women at the highest levels of French society, whose lives intertwined in the imagination of novelist Marcel Proust."[20]
The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam, by Max Boot, a "nuanced portrait of CIA operative and foreign policy expert Edward Lansdale that adroitly captures his complex character, misunderstood legacy and the contradictions of his times."[20]
Poetry
Be With, by Forrest Gander, a "collection of elegies that grapple with sudden loss, and the difficulties of expressing grief and yearning for the departed."[21]
feeld, by Jos Charles, a "volume of imaginative, idiosyncratic verse that merges contemporary speech with Middle English tradition to interpret the transgender experience."[21]
Like, by A. E. Stallings, a "collection of inventive formal poetry that challenges, gives shape to, and delights in how the art form mimics and distorts the universalities of life."[21]
General Nonfiction
Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America, by Eliza Griswold, a "classic American story, grippingly told, of an Appalachian family struggling to retain its middle class status in the shadow of destruction wreaked by corporate oil fracking."[22]
In a Day’s Work: The Fight to End Sexual Violence Against America’s Most Vulnerable Workers, by Bernice Yeung, an "unembellished series of case studies about sexual violence exacted on mostly immigrant women in America, many toiling in a shadow economy."[22]
Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore, by Elizabeth Rush, a "rigorously reported story about American vulnerability to rising seas, particularly disenfranchised people with limited access to the tools of rebuilding."[22]
Music
Prism, by Ellen Reid, a "bold new operatic work that uses sophisticated vocal writing and striking instrumental timbres to confront difficult subject matter: the effects of sexual and emotional abuse. Libretto by Roxie Perkins."[23]
Still, by James Romig, a "hypnotic solo-piano work comprised of 43 individual sections whose striking harmonic implications and subtly dramatic effects distill music to its barest essences."[23]
Sustain, by Andrew Norman, an "absorbing orchestral work rich with mesmerizing textures and color, including washes of clustered string sounds and cascading winds, creating a virtual sound installation in which perceptions of time are suspended".[23]

Special citations

Two special citations were awarded in 2019, as follows:

Special Citations
Aretha Franklin, for "her indelible contribution to American music and culture for more than five decades."[24]
Capital Gazette, "A special citation to honor the journalists, staff and editorial board of the Capital Gazette, Annapolis, Maryland, for their courageous response to the largest killing of journalists in U.S. history in their newsroom on June 28, 2018, and for demonstrating unflagging commitment to covering the news and serving their community at a time of unspeakable grief. The citation comes with a $100,000 bequest by the Pulitzer Board to be used to further the newspaper’s journalistic mission."[24]

References

  1. ^ "2019 Pulitzer Prize Announcement". The Pulitzer Prizes.
  2. ^ Grynbaum, Michael M. (2019-04-15). "Sun Sentinel Wins Public Service Pulitzer for Parkland Shooting Coverage". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-04-15.
  3. ^ a b c "Public Service".
  4. ^ a b c "Breaking News Reporting".
  5. ^ a b c "Investigative Reporting".
  6. ^ a b c d "Explanatory Reporting".
  7. ^ a b c "Local Reporting".
  8. ^ a b c "National Reporting".
  9. ^ a b c "International Reporting".
  10. ^ a b c "Feature Writing".
  11. ^ a b c "Commentary".
  12. ^ a b c "Criticism".
  13. ^ a b c "Editorial Writing".
  14. ^ a b c "Editorial Cartooning".
  15. ^ a b c "Breaking News Photography".
  16. ^ a b c "Feature Photography".
  17. ^ a b c "Fiction".
  18. ^ a b c "Drama".
  19. ^ a b c "History".
  20. ^ a b c "Biography or Autobiography".
  21. ^ a b c "Poetry".
  22. ^ a b c "General Nonfiction".
  23. ^ a b c "Music".
  24. ^ a b "Special Citations". www.pulitzer.org. 2019-04-15. Retrieved 2019-04-15.
Associated Press

The Associated Press (AP) is a U.S.-based not-for-profit news agency headquartered in New York City. Founded in 1846, it operates as a cooperative, unincorporated association. Its members are U.S. newspapers and broadcasters. Its Statement of News Values and Principles spells out its standards and practices.The AP has earned 53 Pulitzer Prizes, including 31 for photography, since the award was established in 1917. It earned a 2019 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for coverage of the civil war in Yemen.

The AP has counted the vote in U.S. elections since 1848, including national, state and local races down to the legislative level in all 50 states, along with key ballot measures. AP collects and verifies returns in every county, parish, city and town across the U.S., and declares winners in over 5,000 contests.

The AP news report, distributed to its members and customers, is produced in English, Spanish and Arabic. AP content is also available on the agency's app, AP News. A 2017 study by NewsWhip revealed that AP content was more engaged with on Facebook than content from any individual English-language publisher.As of 2016, news collected by the AP was published and republished by more than 1,300 newspapers and broadcasters. The AP operates 263 news bureaus in 106 countries. It also operates the AP Radio Network, which provides newscasts twice hourly for broadcast and satellite radio and television stations. Many newspapers and broadcasters outside the United States are AP subscribers, paying a fee to use AP material without being contributing members of the cooperative. As part of their cooperative agreement with the AP, most member news organizations grant automatic permission for the AP to distribute their local news reports. The AP employs the "inverted pyramid" formula for writing which enables the news outlets to edit a story to fit its available publication area without losing the story's essentials.

Cutbacks at rival United Press International in 1993 left the AP as the United States' primary news service, although UPI still produces and distributes stories and photos daily. Other English-language news services, such as the BBC, Reuters and the English-language service of Agence France-Presse, are based outside the United States.

Brent Staples

Brent Staples (born 1951 in Chester, Pennsylvania) is an author and an editorial writer for The New York Times. His books include An American Love Story and Parallel Time: Growing up In Black and White, He writes about political, social and cultural issues, including race (his 1986 essay in Ms. Magazine "Just Walk on By: Black Men and Public Space" is deemed canonical) and the state of the American school system.He is a graduate of Widener University (B.A.) and the University of Chicago (Ph.D). His essay "How Hip Hop Lost Its Way and Betrayed Its Fans" was included in Read, Reason, and Write book, edited by Dorothy U. Seyler. His memoir Parallel Time was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award.. He won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing.

Clare Barron

Clare Barron is a playwright and actor from Wenatchee, Washington. She won the 2015 Obie Award for Playwriting for You Got Older. She is a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Dance Nation.

David W. Blight

David William Blight (born March 21, 1949) is the Class of 1954 Professor of American History and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University. Previously, Blight was a professor of History at Amherst College, where he taught for 13 years. He has won several awards, including the Bancroft Prize and Frederick Douglass Prize for Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory, and the Pulitzer Prize and Lincoln Prize for Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom.

Ellen Reid (composer)

Ellen Reid is a composer originally from Tennessee but living and working in New York City and Los Angeles. Reid is the first composer to have been commissioned by all of Los Angeles's four major classical music institutions: Los Angeles Opera at REDCAT, Los Angeles Philharmonic, L.A. Master Chorale and L.A. Chamber Orchestra. She is the only female composer to ever have been performed by all four and the first composer to have world premieres by all four. In addition to classical music, Reid also writes music for films, TV, and art installations.Her first feature film score was 2014 drama-mystery The Midnight Swim. She also contributed original music to the soundtrack of the 2016 mystery film Buster's Mal Heart. Both films were written and directed by Sarah Adina Smith. Reid and Missy Mazzoli co-founded Luna Composition Lab, a mentorship program for young self-identified female, non-binary, and gender non-conforming composers.Her first opera, "prism", about a sexual assault survivor's psychological struggles, premiered in L.A. in November 2018 and was awarded the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Music.

Fairview (play)

Fairview is a 2018 play written by Jackie Sibblies Drury. The play was co-commissioned by

Berkeley Rep and Soho Repertory Theatre.The play premiered Off-Broadway at Soho Repertory Theatre, running from June 17, 2018 through August 12, 2018. The play was produced at Berkeley Rep, Berkeley, California in October and November 2018, again directed by Sarah Benson (the Artistic Director of Soho Rep).The play will be produced at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center, Brooklyn, New York by the Theatre for a New Audience starting on June 2, 2019, directed by Sarah Benson. The play's run has been extended from June 30 to July 28.The play is scheduled to be produced in London at the Young Vic in November 2019.

Hannah Dreier

Hannah Dreier is an American journalist who was the Venezuela correspondent for Associated Press for three years. She currently works as a reporter for ProPublica, covering immigration. She won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing.

Heidi Schreck

Heidi Schreck (born 1971/1972) is an American writer and actress from Wenatchee, Washington. Her play What the Constitution Means to Me which she also performs in, was a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Jackie Sibblies Drury

Jackie Sibblies Drury is an American playwright. A native of Plainfield, New Jersey, she is a graduate of the Brown University MFA playwriting program, receiving the David Wickham Prize in Playwriting.Drury is known for plays including Social Creatures which was commissioned by and premiered at Trinity Repertory Theater Company, in Providence, Rhode Island in 2013; the play depicts a zombie apocalypse. Her play We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915 (Soho Rep, 2012), was called by the The New York Times "her breakout work".She was awarded the 2019 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for her play Fairview. The prize has a cash award of $25,000. Fairview was presented Off-Broadway in 2018 by Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Soho Rep. She was also awarded the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her "hard-hitting drama that examines race in a highly conceptual, layered structure, ultimately bringing audiences into the actors’ community to face deep-seated prejudices."

James Romig

James Romig (b.1971) composes music in response to an increasingly fragmented and accelerated world, creating highly self-referential works that evolve isomorphically and reveal themselves gradually. Endeavoring to reflect the intricacies of the natural world, his compositional paradigms exert influence on both small-scale iteration and large-scale design, obscuring boundaries between form and content. Critics have described his music as “profoundly meditative, haunting” (The Wire), “a complex quilt of sound” (Moline Dispatch), and “rapturous, slow-moving beauty” (San Francisco Chronicle). Still, for solo piano, was one of two Finalists for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Music. His works have been performed in 49 states and 34 countries by such notables as Talujon, Harpverk, Iktus, JACK, Khasma, Helix, Chronophonie, Altered Sound, Suono Mobile, Cadillac Moon, Due East, Collide-O-Scope, flutist Harvey Sollberger, violinist Erik Carlson, pianists Ashlee Mack and Taka Kigawa, and the Quad City Symphony. Recordings of his music have been released by New World, Navona, Blue Griffin, and Perspectives of New Music. Guest-composer visits include Eastman, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Bowling Green, Illinois, Northwestern, and the American Academy in Rome. Artist residencies include Copland House, Centrum, Everglades, Grand Canyon, and Petrified Forest. He holds degrees from the University of Iowa (BM, MM) and Rutgers University (PhD), where he studied with Charles Wuorinen. Milton Babbitt provided additional mentoring and served on Romig's PhD dissertation committee. Since 2002, he has been on faculty at Western Illinois University, where he heads the composition area. His music is published exclusively by Parallax Music Press (ASCAP).

Jeffrey C. Stewart

Jeffrey Conrad Stewart is an American Professor of Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

He won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Biography for The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke.

Kevin Sullivan (journalist)

Kevin Sullivan (born November 5, 1959) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist, best-selling author and senior correspondent at The Washington Post.Sullivan and his wife, a fellow journalist at The Washington Post, Mary Jordan, have written two books together, including The New York Times No. 1 Bestseller, Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland (with Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus).Sullivan was a Post foreign correspondent for 14 years, working with Jordan as the newspaper's co-bureau chiefs in Tokyo from 1995 to 1999, Mexico City from 2000 to 2005, and London from 2005 to 2009. He has also served as the Post's chief foreign correspondent, deputy foreign editor, and Sunday and Features Editor.A frequent commentator on television and radio, Sullivan is a regular guest on the BBC Television's Dateline London program. He and Jordan have also been featured authors at the Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.

Manohla Dargis

Manohla June Dargis (; born April 7, 1961) is an American film critic. She is one of the chief film critics for The New York Times, along with A. O. Scott. She is a five-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.

Rebecca Makkai

Rebecca Makkai (born April 20, 1978) is an American novelist and short-story writer. Her first novel, The Borrower, was released in June 2011. It was a Booklist Top Ten Debut, an Indie Next pick, an O Magazine selection, and one of Chicago Magazine's choices for best fiction of 2011. It was translated into seven languages. Her short stories have been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 and as well as in ″The Best American Nonrequired Reading″" 2009 and 2016; she received a 2017 Pushcart Prize and a 2014 NEA fellowship. Her fiction has also appeared in Ploughshares, Tin House, The Threepenny Review, New England Review, and Shenandoah. Her nonfiction has appeared in Harpers and on Salon.com and the New Yorker website. Makkai's stories have also been featured on Public Radio International's Selected Shorts and This American Life. Her second novel, The Hundred-Year House, is set in the Northern suburbs of Chicago, and was published by Viking/Penguin in July 2014, having received starred reviews in Booklist, Publishers Weekly and Library Journal. It won the 2015 Novel of the Year award from the Chicago Writers Association and was named a best book of 2014 by BookPage. Her short story collection, Music for Wartime, was published by Viking in June 2015. A starred and featured review in Publishers Weekly said, "Though these stories alternate in time between WWII and the present day, they all are set, as described in the story “Exposition,” within “the borders of the human heart”—a terrain that their author maps uncommonly well.” The Kansas City Star wrote that "if any short story writer can be considered a rock star of the genre, it's Rebecca Makkai."

Her novel about the AIDS epidemic in 1980s Chicago, titled The Great Believers was published by Viking/Penguin Random House in June 2018. The Great Believers won the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award for Fiction. It was also a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, and won the LA Times Book Prize, the ALA Stonewall Award, and the Chicago Review of Books Award.

Richard Powers

Richard Powers (born June 18, 1957) is an American novelist whose works explore the effects of modern science and technology. His novel The Echo Maker won the 2006 National Book Award for Fiction. He has also won many other awards over the course of his career, including a MacArthur Fellowship. As of 2018 Powers has published twelve novels and has taught at the University of Illinois and Stanford Universities. He won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Overstory.

Rob Rogers (cartoonist)

Rob Rogers (born May 23, 1959) is an editorial cartoonist. His cartoons appeared in The Pittsburgh Press from 1984 to 1993, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from 1993 to 2018. In 1999 and 2019, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning.He was fired from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in mid-June 2018 for his cartoons that were critical of President Donald Trump.His cartoons are still syndicated by GoComics.

The Overstory

The Overstory is a novel by Richard Powers published in 2018 by W.W. Norton. It is Powers's twelfth novel. The novel is about nine Americans whose unique life experiences with trees bring them together to address the destruction of forests. Powers was inspired to write the work while teaching at Stanford University after he encountered giant redwood trees for the first time. On 20 September 2018, The Overstory was shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize.On 15 April 2019, it was awarded the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

There There (novel)

There There is the first novel by Cheyenne and Arapaho author Tommy Orange. Published in 2018, it opens with an essay by Orange as a prologue, and then proceeds to follow a large cast of Native Americans living in the area of Oakland, California, as they struggle with a wide array of challenges ranging from depression and alcoholism, to unemployment, fetal alcohol syndrome, and the challenges of living with an ethnic identity of being "ambiguously nonwhite." All coalesce at a community pow wow and its attempted robbery.

The book explores the themes of Native peoples living in urban spaces, and issues of ambivalence and complexity related to Natives' struggles with identity and authenticity. There There was favorably received, and was a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize. The title was also awarded a Gold Medal for First Fiction by the California Book Awards.

What the Constitution Means to Me

What the Constitution Means to Me is a 2017 American play by Heidi Schreck. The play was a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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