Monday April 12th, 2010

2010 Pulitzer Winners Announced

dead-handThis year’s Pulitzer Prizes were just announced. Surely, the book everyone will be talking about is the winner of the Fiction award, a debut novel called Tinkers by Paul Harding from Bellevue Literary Press, which had been publishing books for less than two years when it released Tinkers in January 2009. (The New York Time profiled the press in its early days.) Tinkers centers on an old man, a repairer of clocks, dying in New England and reminiscing about his childhood as the son of a traveling salesman. I have to admit, I hadn’t heard of it until this afternoon. I imagine I’m not alone. Congratulations to all the winners:

Fiction: Tinkers by Paul Harding (Bellevue Literary Press)

General Nonfiction: The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and its Dangerous Legacy by David E. Hoffman (Doubleday)

History: Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World by Liaquat Ahamed (The Penguin Press)

Biography: The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.J. Stiles (Alfred A. Knopf)

Poetry: Versed by Rae Armantrout (Wesleyan University Press)