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2023 Pulitzer Prize

2023 Pulitzer Prize

On May 8th, we learned the winners and finalists for the Pulitzer Prize! Since 1917, the Pulitzer Prize has been awarded for excellence in a variety of fields in the United States. It’s a very prestigious award, worth $15,000 and a whole lot of clout. There are 23 award categories, but given our focus on literature and the arts, we’re going to focus on the arts and letters categories in this blog post. Where applicable, we’ve linked to the entries in our catalog so that you can place holds on items. Without further ado, here are the winners and nominees.



A tie: Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver, and Trust by Hernan Diaz

Also nominated: The Immortal King Rao by Vauhini Vara


English by Sanaz Toossi

Also nominated: On Sugarland by Aleshea Harris

The Far Country by Lloyd Suh


Freedom’s Dominion: A Saga of White Resistance to Federal Power by Jefferson Cowie

Also nominated: Seeing Red: Indigenous Land, American Expansion, and the Political Economy of Plunder in North America by Michael John Witgen

Watergate: A New History by Garrett M. Graff


G-Man: J. Edgar Hoover and the Making of the American Century by Beverly Gage

Also nominated: His Name Is George Floyd: One Man’s Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice by Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa

Mr. B: George Balanchine’s 20th Century by Jennifer Homans


Stay True by Hua Hsu

Also nominated: Easy Beauty: A Memoir by Chloe Cooper Jones

The Man Who Could Move Clouds: A Memoir by Ingrid Rojas Contreras


Then the War: And Selected Poems, 2007-2020 by Carl Phillips

Also nominated: Blood Snow by dg nanouk okpik

Still Life by Jay Hopler

General Nonfiction:

His Name Is George Floyd: One Man’s Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice by Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa

Also nominated: Kingdom of Characters: The Language Revolution That Made China Modern by Jing Tsu

Sounds Wild and Broken: Sonic Marvels, Evolution’s Creativity, and the Crisis of Sensory Extinction by David George Haskell

Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of Our Nation by Linda Villarosa


Omar by Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels

Also nominated: Monochromatic Light (Afterlife) by Tyshawn Sorey

Perspective by Jerrilynn Patton

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