Pulitzer Prizes, Apr. 16, 2019 | Book Pulse

The Pulitzer Prize winners are out. The Bride Test by Helen Hoang tops the May LibraryReads list. Several sites consider Notre Dame and Victor Hugo. Poems and books are discovered. Gene Wolfe has died.

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Pulitzer Winners







The Overstory by Richard Powers (W.W. Norton) wins the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America by Eliza Griswold (FSG: Macmillan; LJ starred review) wins the Nonfiction prize. Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David W. Blight (S. & S.; LJ starred review) takes the prize for History and The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke by Jeffrey C. Stewart (Oxford) does so for Biography. Be With by Forrest Gander (New Directions: W.W. Norton) wins Poetry.


The NYT reviews Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing by Robert A. Caro (Knopf; LJ starred review): "iridescent, so many brilliant refractions of light from his hard slog of discovering what life has really meant for the people in his narratives, the powerful and the powerless." Also, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb (HMH): "an irresistibly candid and addicting memoir." Baby, I Don't Care by Chelsey Minnis (Wave Books): "Her verse arrives well chilled. It is served with misanthropic aplomb." The Club by Takis Würger, translated by Charlotte Collins (Grove): "The gritty subject matter is juxtaposed against a prose style we tend to associate with a different kind of novel ... otherworldly, fable-like quality." Firefighting: The Financial Crisis and Its Lessons by Ben S. Bernanke, Timothy F. Geithner, Henry M. Paulson, Jr. (Penguin; LJ starred review): "a primer on why the crisis was possible ... a ticktock on how the crisis and the financial rescue unfolded; and a very scary warning about the future."

NPR reviews Normal People by Sally Rooney (Hogarth: Random House; LJ starred review): "compulsive, psychologically astute will-they-or-won't-they love story involving two of the most sympathetic people you're liable to meet between covers."

Slate writes that Normal People by Sally Rooney (Hogarth: Random House; LJ starred review) "excels at the thing novels do better than any other art form."

Briefly Noted

The May LibraryReads list is out, with The Bride Test by Helen Hoang (Berkley: Penguin; LJ starred review) topping the picks.

LJ has Prepub Alerts for October titles.

Looking for key authors and a core list for thrillers? O Magazine picks "16 of the Best Thriller Books That'll Keep You Turning the Page."

USA Today features The Mister by E L James (Vintage: Random House).

The Guardian interviews Roberto Calasso, The Unnamable Present (FSG: Macmillan).

The Atlantic features The Other Americans by Laila Lalami (Pantheon: Random House).

The NYT spotlights the home of Mary Norris, Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen (W.W. Norton).

Electric Lit celebrates The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin.

Electric Lit looks at Notre Dame and Victor Hugo. So does Vox.

Smithsonian.com reports on a treasure trove of looted books, now recovered.

Two poems by Daphne du Maurier have been discovered. The Daily Mail has details.

One of the SFF's essential authors, Gene Wolfe, has died. Tor.com has an obituary.

Author and historian David Brion Davis has died. The NYT has an obituary.

Authors on Air

Stephen King suggests his Twitter followers watch Black Summer, a zombie show on Netflix. Entertainment Weekly has a report.

NPR's Fresh Air interviews Robert Caro, Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing (Knopf; LJ starred review).

Maximum Harm: The Tsarnaev Brothers, the FBI, and the Road to the Marathon Bombing by Michele R. McPhee (ForeEdge: New England Univ.) is getting turned into a documentary. Joe Ballarini’s series, A Babysitter’s Guide To Monster Hunting, is headed to the movies. A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig is too. Deadline Hollywood has details.

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