I'm guessing most of you have heard by now that the Pulitzers were announced yesterday. The list interests me for two reasons. One, two prize-winners wrote for Seattle-based journals (Michael J. Berens and Ken Armstrong of The Seattle Times, and Seattle Times, and Eli Sanders of The Stranger). Two, the board declined to choose a winner for Fiction.
When I first heard about the fiction award, or lack of it, I assumed the jury had deadlocked. Apparently that's not the case. (Read more about it here, from the BBC--whose report is a model of clarity.) I imagine lit world will be humming with speculation for a while. For the record: I have no clue what the issue/s might be.
Then this morning the Orange Prize jury announced its shortlist:
- Esi Edugyan, Half Blood Blues (Serpent’s Tail) Canadian, 2nd Novel
- Anne Enright, The Forgotten Waltz (Jonathan Cape) Irish, 5th Novel
- Georgina Harding, Painter of Silence (Bloomsbury) British, 3rd Novel
- Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles (Bloomsbury) American, 1st Novel
- Cynthia Ozick, Foreign Bodies (Atlantic Books) American, 7th Novel
- Ann Patchett, State of Wonder (Bloomsbury) American, 6th Novel