Knowing I have a very long flight in front of me this weekend I was looking for a new book to pack and was hopeful to snare one that had won the Pulitzer Prize (a U.S. award for achievements in newspaper and online journalism, literature and musical composition).

But alas, this was not be. For the first time in 35 years the prize in the area of fiction was not awarded. No one, except for the board who reserves the right to have the final decision, knows why. Even the jury who read through the 300+ books and recommend the winner, have no idea what happened. I guess one for the history books (excuse the pun!)

However, the top three novels the jury did recommend were –
David Foster Wallace’s “The Pale King”
Denis Johnson’s “Train Dreams”
Karen Russell’s “Swamplandia!”

And don’t despair as the non-fiction prizes were still given out, and may provide you with some good reading –
“The Swerve: How the World Became Modern” by Stephen Greenblatt
“George F. Kennan: An American Life” by John Lewis Gaddis
“Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention” by the late Manning Marable

Happy reading!

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