2015 Pulitzer Award Winners & Nominees

The Pulitzer Prize winners for 2015 were announced this week. While the journalism awards are probably the most well-known, the Pulitzer board also honors works of Fiction, Nonfiction, Biography, and more each year, many of which we have available for checkout in the Library's collection. Catch up on some Pulitzer Prize-winning reading!

2015 Pulitzer Winners

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Anthony Doerr, author of About Grace and Four Seasons in Rome, tells the story of a blind French girl and an orphaned German boy whose stories intertwine and finally converge in Nazi-occupied France during World War II, in this year's winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert

In the category of General Nonfiction, Elizabeth Kolbert took top honors, for her work on how man-made climate change and and the advancement of our civilization is triggering the next major mass extinction of species on Earth.

Kolbert is one of today's leading journalists, writing on environmental issues for The New Yorker Magazine.

Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People by Elizabeth A. Fenn

The Mandan Indians of the North American Plains were once a dominant culture in the region, residing along the banks of the Missouri River, trading with Europeans, and aiding the Lewis and Clark expedition through the winter of 1804/1805. But Small Pox and warfare took their toll on the culture. Elizabeth Fenn, in her Pulitzer-winning History, pieces back together the history of the Mandan, through intense and in-depth research from a surprisingly wide range of sources.

The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe by David I. Kertzer

This Biography from David Kertzer traces the sometimes-secret and complex connections between Pope Pius XI and Benito Mussolini in the 1920s and 30s, which aided the rise the Fascism in Italy and advancement of Hilter, connections that the Pope would come to regret in the final moments of his life. Kertzer has created a strong narrative work, directly from records in the Vatican's archives.

2015 Pulitzer Finalists

Many of this year's Pulitzer finalists for Fiction, Biography, and General Nonfiction and are also available for checkout from our collection. These titles may not have taken the top prize, but they are still thought-provoking books well worth a read! (Book summaries below from pulitzer.org)

Let Me Be Frank With You by Richard Ford
“An unflinching series of narratives, set in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, insightfully portraying a society in decline.”

The Moor's Account by Laila Lalami
“A creative narrative of the ill-fated 16th Century Spanish expedition to Florida, compassionately imagined out of the gaps and silences of history.”

Lovely, Dark, Deep by Joyce Carol Oates
“A rich collection of stories told from many rungs of the social ladder and distinguished by their intelligence, language and technique.”

Empire of Cotton: A Global History by Sven Beckert
“A work of staggering scholarship arguing that slavery was crucial to the dynamism of the industrial revolution.”

Louis Armstrong: Master of Modernism by Thomas Brothers
“The masterfully researched second volume of a life of the musical pioneer, effectively showing him in the many milieus where he lived and worked in the 1920s and 1930s.”

No Good Men Among the Living by Anand Gopal
“A remarkable work of nonfiction storytelling that exposes the cascade of blunders that doomed America’s misbegotten intervention in Afghanistan.”

Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China by Evan Osnos
“The story of a vast country and society in the grip of transformation, calmly surveyed, smartly reported and portrayed with exacting strokes.”