2017 Pulitzer Winners and Finalists


The Pulitzer Prizes (Pronounced PULL it sir), “...are perceived as a major incentive

for high-quality journalism and have focused worldwide attention on American

achievements in letters and music.”


“[Joseph Pulitzer’s] innovative New York World and St. Louis Post-

Dispatch reshaped newspaper journalism. Pulitzer was the first to call for the

training of journalists at the university level in a school of journalism. And

certainly, the lasting influence of the Pulitzer Prizes on journalism, literature,

music, and drama is to be attributed to his visionary acumen.”


From the History of the Pulitzer Prizes

By Seymour Topping with additional editing by Sig Gissler


Pulitzer Prize Categories

Established in 1917 by Columbia University’s School of Journalism, the Pulitzer

Prizes collectively have grown over the past hundred years to twenty-one Pulitzer

Prize categories:

Letters, Drama & Music: Fiction, Drama, History, Biography or

Autobiography, Poetry, General Nonfiction, and Music.


Journalism: Public Service, Breaking News Reporting, Investigative Reporting,

Explanatory Reporting, Local Reporting, National Reporting, International

Reporting, Feature Writing, Commentary, Criticism, Editorial Writing, Editorial

Cartooning, Breaking News Photography, Feature Photography.


Buffalo Street Books presciently anticipated the following 2017 winners and

finalists. To order additional titles for your personal Pulitzer Collection, BSB staff

will gladly order them:


Winner: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Finalists: The Sport of Kings by C. E. Morgan

Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett


General Nonfiction

Winner: Evicted: Proverty and Profit in the American City

by Matthew Desmond

Finalist: In a Different Key: The Story of Autism by John Donvan and

Caren Zucker


Biography or Autobiography

Winner: The Return by Hisham Matar

Finalist: When Breath Becomes air by Paul Kalanithi



Winner: Blood in the Water: the Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 Its Legacy

by Heather Ann Thompson



Winner: Olio by Tyehimba Jess

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