The 2016 Pulitzer Prize Winners in the book categories are:

Fiction —  The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove Press, April 2015)

History — Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America, T.J. Stiles (PRH/Knopf)

Biography or Autobiography — Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life, William Finnegan, (Penguin Press)

Poetry — Ozone Journal, Peter Balakian, (U. Of Chicago Press)

General Nonfiction —  Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS (PRH/Doubleday; BOT)

In addition, Hamilton wins the Drama Award.

Once again, the criticism award does not go to book coverage, but to Emily Nussbaum, for television reviewing, in the New Yorker. The last time the award went to a book reviewer was in 2001, to Gail Caldwell who was then chief book critic for The Boston Globe.

2 Responses to “THE SYMPATHIZER Wins Pulitzer”

  1. stephen schmidt Says:

    Kathryn Schulz,who wrote extensively on books while she was at New York Magazine, was awarded a Pulitzer today. Not quite a book coverage award but still… She is a tremendous writer.

  2. Nora Rawlinson Says:

    Thanks for pointing that out. Schultz won this year in the Feature Writing Category, “For an elegant scientific narrative of the rupturing of the Cascadia fault line, a masterwork of environmental reporting and writing.”

    Link to the article:

    Formerly, she was the book critic at New York magazine.

    As the number of our book critics dwindle, the field shrinks for possible award winners.