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Columbia University Announces 91st Annual Pulitzer Prizes



Awarded to Renee C. Byer of The Sacramento Bee for her intimate portrayal of a single mother and her young son as he loses his battle with cancer.

Also nominated as finalists in this category were: Mary F. Calvert of The Washington Times for her haunting depiction of sub-Sahara African women afflicted with fistula after childbirth, and Gary Coronado of The Palm Beach Post for his vivid images of Central Americans who, desperate to enter America illegally, risk their lives leaping on Mexican freight trains rumbling northward.

B. LETTERS AND DRAMA PRIZES 1. FICTION

For distinguished fiction by an American author, preferably dealing withAmerican life, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy (Alfred A. Knopf).

Also nominated as finalists in this category were: "After This" by Alice McDermott (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), and "The Echo Maker " by Richard Powers (Farrar, Straus and Giroux).

2. DRAMA

For a distinguished play by an American author, preferably original in itssource and dealing with American life, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to "Rabbit Hole" by David Lindsay-Abaire

Nominated as finalists in this category were: "Orpheus X" by Rinde Eckert,"Bulrusher" by Eisa Davis, and "Elliot, a Soldier's Fugue" by Quiara AlegriaHudes.

3. HISTORY

For a distinguished book upon the history of the United States , Tenthousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to "The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and theAwakening of a Nation" by Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff (Alfred A. Knopf).

Also nominated as finalists in this category were: "Middle Passages:African American Journeys to Africa , 1787-2005" by James T. Campbell (ThePenguin Press), and "Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War" by Nathaniel Philbrick (Viking).

4. BIOGRAPHY

For a distinguished biography or autobiography by an American author, Tenthousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to "The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry WardBeecher " by Debby Applegate (Doubleday).

Also nominated as finalists in this category were: "John Wilkes: TheScandalous Father of Civil Liberty" by Arthur H. Cash (Yale University Press),and " Andrew Carnegie " by David Nasaw (The Penguin Press).

5. POETRY

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

Awarded to "Native Guard" by Natasha Trethewey (Houghton Mifflin).

Also nominated as finalists in this category were: "The Republic ofPoetry" by Martin Espada (W.W. Norton), and "Interrogation Palace: New &Selected Poems 1982-2004" by David Wojahn (University of Pittsburgh Press).


   







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