The 2020 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced earlier this week, remotely, of course, in recognition of achievements in journalism, letters, drama, and music.
Those who have been keeping track of winners from years past just may recognize a name or two. Author Colson Whitehead won his second Pulitzer for fiction for his novel Nickel Boys about a Jim Crow-era reform school in Florida. Ida B. Wells (1862-1931) was granted a posthumous award for her trailblazing reporting on lynching in America. Other works being honored include the story of an African-American woman who was born into slavery, legally freed, then later abducted and sold back into slavery before suing her abductor for damages; a biography of writer Susan Sontag; a collection of poetry by Jericho Brown; and an exploration of cancer care in America. Explore the full list of winners here.
Ready to dive in? JMRL has curated a list of winners and finalists from years past on Overdrive. Titles are available as ebooks or downloadable audiobooks so you can listen to or read an award-winning title while the library remains closed.