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The 2019 Pulitzer Prize Winners Have Been Announced!

The winners of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize winners have been announced and it looks let the winners knocked it out of the park. Best fiction was won by The Overstory by Richard Powers, drama was won by Fairview by Jackie Sibblies Drury, biography by The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke by Jeffrey Stewart, and nonfiction was won by Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America by Eliza Griswold. The awards represent strength of diversity for the winner, with the books covering black history, the American Dream, the fracturing of ideals, activism, and more. Further awards included prizes for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.

 

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Here is the full list of winners:

Editorial cartooning

Darrin Bell, a freelance cartoonist

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Feature photography

Lorenzo Tugnoli of The Washington Post

Special citation

Staff of the Capital Gazette

BOOKS, DRAMA AND MUSIC

Fiction

The Overstory by Richard Powers

Drama

Fairview by Jackie Sibblies Drury

History

Frederick Douglass by David W. Blight

Biography or autobiography

The New Negro by Jeffrey C. Stewart

Poetry

“Be With” by Forrest Gander

General nonfiction

“Amity and Prosperity” by Eliza Griswold

Music

“p r i s m” by Ellen Reid

Special citation

Aretha Franklin

Congratulations to all the winners!

 

 

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Amy Adams to Adapt ‘The Poisonwood Bible’ for HBO

The first project from Amy Adams’ Bond Group Entertainment has just been revealed: an adaptation of Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible.

Cover of "The Poisonwood Bible"
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For those of you unaware, actress Amy Adams, made famous for her Oscar nominated roles in Vice, American Hustle, and The Fighter as well as many others (including Arrival, an Oscar-nominated film based on Ted Chiang’s Stories of your Life).

Recently, she portrayed Camille Preaker in the adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s novel Sharp Objects.

 

Cover of "Sharp Objects" with Amy Adams on the cover
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But Amy Adams isn’t just an amazing actress. She’s at HBO, and she’s going to get things done. She teamed up with her manager, Stacy O’Neil, to found the production company Bond Group Entertainment, closing an exclusive deal with HBO for the creation of several news TV shows.  Their first project is a limited series adaptation of Barbara Kingsolver’s novel The Poisonwood Bible.

Called “remarkable not just for its story but also for its narrative form” by The Guardian and a finalist for the Pulitzer PrizeThe Poisonwood Bible is a 1998 novel written by Barbara Kingsolver – the author with the coolest last name – and follows a missionary family who in 1959 move from Georgia to the Belgian Congo.

Variety confirms that the Poisonwood Bible is in the works with Adams and O’Neil serving as executive produce the limited series and – guess whose writing the screenplay?

 

Kingsolver standing with her arms crossed and her back to a bookshelf
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Anya Epstein and Kingsolver – the author herself! Here’s to hoping HBO makes this stunning novel in a wondrous TV series.

 

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Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Philip Roth Dies Aged 85

Winner of a multitude of literary prizes including the Pulitzer, Man Booker, and two National Book Awards, Philip Roth has died at 85. His death ending an era in American literature. Some of his most popular works include American Pastoral, The Human Stain, and Portnoy’s Complaint

 

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The New York Times reported that he had died of congestive heart failure.

 

During his career, Roth was able to explore many versions of himself through his literature, blurring the lines between reality and fiction. He explored what it meant to be an American, a Jew, a writer, and a man. In 2005, Roth became only the third living writer to have his books immortalized in the Library of America

 

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Junot Díaz Steps Down as Pulitzer Prize Chairmen Amid Misconduct Allegations

Last week, award-winning author and MIT professor, Junot Díaz was confronted by author Zinzi Clemmons, who stated he backed her into a corner and forcibly kissed her while she was a graduate student in his workshop in 2012. What quickly followed was a slew of accusations and allegations from various authors; accusing Díaz of sexual misconduct, assault, harassment, bullying, and violent misogyny. 

 

 

 

 

In a statement given by the Pulitzer Prize board on Thursday, the allegations against Díaz are being reviewed. In the meantime, he has relinquished his role as chairman on the board; a role he’d just been granted in April.

 

The Pulitzer Prize board has stated that “Mr. Díaz said he welcomed the review and would cooperate fully with it.” 

 

MIT has also stated they are taking the allegations against Díaz seriously, and will be leading an independent investigation. 

 

The Cambridge Public Library has announced cancellation of their annual Summer Reading Kick-Off, featuring Díaz.

 

Díaz was also forced to withdraw from The Sydney Writers’ Festival, with the festival stating:

 

 As for so many in positions of power, the moment to reckon with the consequences of past behavior has arrived. Sydney Writers’ Festival is a platform for the sharing of powerful stories: urgent, necessary and sometimes difficult. Such conversations have never become more timely.

 

The accusations and allegations are still flowing in; each containing nauseating accounts of aggression and discomfort. The writing world has been shaken up by the downfall of such a prolific author. But, the accusations needed to be made in order for victims to get justice.  

 

The curtain that had long hidden the dark truths of these stories, and protected the men who’ve abused their power, began to fall last October, following the Weinstein accusations and the beginning of the #MeToo movement, and is still only beginning to fall. These stories are sickening and difficult to read, but it’s important we see them and understand that a vital change has begun.

 

Díaz has yet to release a statement.

 

 

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