Pulitzer Prizes 2009

Here are the awards that relate to the arts. (I heard the Merwin book is excellent.)

Fiction -- Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout (Random House)

Drama -- Ruined by Lynn Nottage

History -- The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family by Annette Gordon-Reed (W.W. Norton & Company)

Biography -- American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham (Random House)

Poetry -- The Shadow of Sirius by W. S. Merwin (Copper Canyon Press)

General Nonfiction -- Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas A. Blackmon (Doubleday)

Double Sextet by Steve Reich, premiered March 26, 2008 in Richmond, VA (Boosey & Hawkes).

And a little more info in the poetry category:

For a distinguished volume of original verse by an American author, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to “The Shadow of Sirius,” by W. S. Merwin (Copper Canyon Press), a collection of luminous, often tender poems that focus on the profound power of memory.

Also nominated as finalists in this category were: “Watching the Spring Festival,” by Frank Bidart (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), a book of lyric poems that evinces compassion for the human condition as it explores the constraints that limit the possibility of people changing the course of their lives, and “What Love Comes To: New & Selected Poems,” by Ruth Stone (Copper Canyon Press), a collection of poems that give rich drama to ordinary experience, deepening our sense of what it means to be human.


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