Monday began with Mike Pride’s announcement at Columbia University of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize winners. The Pulitzer Prizes have been awarded now for nearly a century, having begun in 1917. Prizes are awarded in journalism and the arts, including literature, photography, and music; along with the George Polk Awards, the Pulitzer Prizes are among the most distinguished a journalist can hope to receive.
What’s important–and sometimes controversial–about these Prizes is that categories can shift over time, and if no work hits the mark, the Prize committee can decide not to award a Pulitzer for particular categories in a given year (for example, no Pulitzer in fiction was given in 2012, 1977, 1974, 1971, 1964, 1957, and 1954). But being flexible has allowed the Pulitzer to adapt to a changing world, and, even if some might disagree, being able to withhold a Pulitzer allows the committee to uphold what they feel are the standards of the award.
It’s a worthwhile practice to review the work of Pulitzer Prize winners. Whether writer, photographer, or musician, they craft fine work.
This year’s Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction, Anthony Doerr, pens a well researched tale set in Europe during WWII. If you like historical fiction, writing about WWII, and suspense, you may want to pick it up. There’s a hold line at Brooklyn Public Library, but it’s worth the wait!