Predicting the ‘PPrize’

The Pulitzer Prize finalists and winners will be announced on Monday. Thanks to the L.A. Times book blog, Jacket Copy, we learned that a “Pulitzer Prize Final Prediction List,” was put together over a month ago by (a site for Pulitzer Prize first edition collectors; now there’s a specialty). Last year, they identified the winner and a finalist.

If you’re reading this on Monday, after 3 p.m. EST, you already know the winners.

Too bad we didn’t know about this earlier; the list could be used book displays. We’ve signed up to be notified when publishes the 2010 Pulitzer Prize Prediction List.

The predictions are only for the Fiction category. You’re on your own for the categories of Biography or Autobiography, Drama, General Nonfiction, History or Poetry.

The predictions are based on books that appeared on best books lists, won other awards, and are by authors that have won in the past. As a result, only one first-time novelist is among the predictions, Rachel Kushner for Telex From Cuba, which was a finalist for the National Book Award (the winner in that category was Peter Mathiessen’s Shadow Country, which doesn’t appear on this list. There was some controversy about whether it was actually a new book)

1. Home, Marilynne Robinson, (FSG, 9/08)

2. The Widows of Eastwick, John Updike, (Knopf, 10/08)

3. Indignation, Philip Roth, (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 9/08)

4. The Lazarus Project, Aleksander Hemon, (Riverhead, 5/08)

5. Fine Just the Way It Is, Annie Proulx, (Scribner, 9/08)

6. The Plague of Doves, Louise Erdrich, (Harper, 5/08)

7. A Mercy, Toni Morrison, (Knopf, 11/08)

8. Unaccustomed Earth, Jhumpa Lahiri, (Knopf, 4/08)

9. Olive Kitteridge, Elizabeth Strout, (Random House, 3/ 08)

10. Dangerous Laughter, Steven Millhauser, (Knopf, 2/08)

11. Telex from Cuba, Rachel Kushner, (Scribner, 7/08)

12. Netherland, Joseph O’Neil, (Pantheon, 5/08)

13. My Sister, My Love, Joyce Carol Oates, (Ecco, 6/08)

14. Lush Life, Richard Price, (FSG, 3/08)

15. Our Story Begins,  Tobias Wolff, (Knopf, 3/08)

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