The 2014 Pulitzer Prizewinners were just announced. First things first: Our very own Jen Graves was announced as a finalist in the Criticism category. Here's her citation:
Jen Graves of The Stranger, a Seattle weekly
For her visual arts criticism that, with elegant and vivid description, informs readers about how to look at the complexities of contemporary art and the world in which it’s made.
The winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Criticism this year is Inga Saffron of The Philadelphia Inquirer. The two other awards that everyone is going to be talking about: The Guardian and the Washington Post won a Pulitzer for Public Service, citing their "revelation of widespread secret surveillance by the National Security Agency, marked by authoritative and insightful reports that helped the public understand how the disclosures fit into the larger framework of national security." This is a big deal because it helps legitimize the NSA story; there was a fear among some more cynical media observers that the Pulitzer would ignore this story because it's too controversial. This award is absolutely deserved.
And in fiction, Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch won a Pulitzer. Everybody absolutely loves this book, and the Pulitzer cements its reputation as the American novel of the year.
You can find a complete list of winners below, and a complete list of the winners and finalists on the Pulitzer's webpage.
Letters, Drama, and Music
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown)
The Flick by Annie Baker
The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 by Alan Taylor (W.W. Norton)
Biography or Autobiography
Margaret Fuller: A New American Life by Megan Marshall (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
3 Sections by Vijay Seshadri (Graywolf Press)
Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation by Dan Fagin (Bantam Books)
Become Ocean by John Luther Adams (Taiga Press/Theodore Front Musical Literature)
The Guardian US
The Washington Post
Breaking News Reporting
Staff of The Boston Globe
Chris Hamby of The Center for Public Integrity, Washington, DC
Eli Saslow of The Washington Post
Will Hobson and Michael LaForgia of Tampa Bay Times
David Philipps of The Gazette, Colorado Springs, CO
Jason Szep and Andrew R.C. Marshall of Reuters
Stephen Henderson of Detroit Free Press
Inga Saffron of The Philadelphia Inquirer
Editorial Staff of The Oregonian, Portland
Kevin Siers of The Charlotte Observer
Breaking News Photography
Tyler Hicks of The New York Times
Josh Haner of The New York Times