The Pulitzer Prizes were announced today. “A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide” by Samantha Power won for non-fiction. Bystanders to Genocide (which is either excerpt or based on material in the book) won the National Magazine award. Finalists were “The Anthropology of Turquoise: Meditations on Landscape, Art, and Spirit” by Ellen Meloy and “The Blank Slate: the Modern Denial of Human Nature” by Steven Pinker.
“An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943″ by Rick Atkinson won for history. Atkinson is currently embedded with the 101st Airborne for the Washington Post (read his reports), and is frequently interviewed on NPR. He spoke with Frontline about the first Gulf War.
Finalists were “At the Hands of Persons Unknown: The Lynching of Black America” by Philip Dray and “Rereading Sex: Battles Over Sexual Knowledge and Suppression in Nineteenth Century America” by Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz.
“Moy Sand and Gravel” by Paul Muldoon won for poetry. Finalists were “Music Like Dirt” by Frank Bidart and “Hazmat” by J.D. McClatchy.
The award for biography went to Robert A. Caro for his third volumn on LBJ, “Master of the Senate.” Finalists were “The Fly Swatter” by Nicholas Dawidoff and “Beethoven: The Music and the Life” by Lewis Lockwood.
There is lots of information and links on the journalism winners at Romenesko. I had hoped to write another entry on them since you can actually read many of the the winners and finalists, but have a bunch of deadlines and a documentary on the MC5 to watch. I will mention that novelist Stephen Hunter won for his film criticism.