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Pulitzer Prize Winners 2009 Announced

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The Pulitzer Prizes were just announced, and, despite my big theory on Friday that the Pulitzer has become a year-end consensus award, the fiction jury went for a somewhat lesser-known book, Elizabeth Strout's Olive Kitteridge. And I completely struck out in my specific predictions for the other awards. But one sentence of mine does look pretty good in retrospect: "But maybe this will be the year for a dark-horse candidate like Olive Kitteridge." Any credit for that, though, should go to my colleague Terry Goodman, who's been a big fan of the book since it came out, and to the prognosticators at PPrize.com, whose data led them to put it on their list of 15 top contenders. I will claim some credit, though, for picking finalist Louise Erdrich as one of my other favorites.

As always, the Pulitzers don't announce a shortlist beforehand, but they do announce two other finalists for each award when they announce the winners. This year's honorees:

Some notes: The Hemingses of Monticello, which won the National Book Award and was nominated for the NBCC, can safely be called the most honored book of the year by now. You can read our Q&A with Professor Gordon-Reed from last fall. Although two of the winners are print journalists (Meacham is the editor of Newsweek and Blackmon is a Wall Street Journal reporter in Atlanta), the only one of this year's winners who has won a Pulitzer before is Merwin, who also won the Poetry prize 38 years ago for The Carrier of Ladders.

Of the other Pulitzer winners today, the only to have been published in book form yet are the photos from the Obama campaign that won Damon Winter his prize for Feature Photography, many of which are included in the New York Times's coffee-table account of the campaign, Obama: The Historic Journey. The Times has a slide show of his winning photos up on their site, including this stunner, which we've been featuring on our page for the book (and which we all thought should have been the cover image):

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--Tom

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Steve Breen, for cartooning, previously won the P.

Thanks for posting that HISTORIC photograph of our HISTORIC President whilst he was campaigning for his HISTORIC presidency!
It's like, you know, HISTORIC!

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