The 2017 Pulitzers have been announced. Have you read a Pulitzer lately?

This year’s winners, with the judge’s commentary are:


The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead

For a smart melding of realism and allegory that combines the violence of slavery and the drama of escape in a myth that speaks to contemporary America.

Previous Fiction Pulitzer winners.


Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond

For a deeply researched exposé that showed how mass evictions after the 2008 economic crash were less a consequence than a cause of poverty.

Previous General Nonfiction Pulitzer winners.


The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between, by Hisham Matar

For a first-person elegy for home and father that examines with controlled emotion the past and present of an embattled region.

Previous Biography or Autobiography Pulitzer winners.


Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy, by Heather Ann Thompson

For a narrative history that sets high standards for scholarly judgment and tenacity of inquiry in seeking the truth about the 1971 Attica prison riots.

Previous History Pulitzer winners.


Olio, by Tyehimba Jess

For a distinctive work that melds performance art with the deeper art of poetry to explore collective memory and challenge contemporary notions of race and identity.

Previous Poetry Pulitzer winners.


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