The 2023 Pulitzer Prizes were awarded on Monday, reports Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly senior writer. Altogether, 19 books were recognized as winners or finalists in the categories of general history, biography, poetry, general nonfiction, and fiction.
“In the fiction category, the co-winners were Demon Copperhead, which is an ingenious Appalachia-based retelling of Dickens’s David Copperfield by Barbara Kingsolver, and Trust by Hernan Diaz, which is dazzling story of wealth and the human costs associated with financial fortune,” he notes.
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The nonfiction winner for 2023, His Name Is George Floyd: One Man’s Struggle for Racial Justice by Washington Post journalists Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa, pieces together hundreds of interviews to present the life and family history of George Floyd, whose murder by Minneapolis police in 2020 set in motion a social and racial justice movement.
“Pulitzer winners represent the best that the publishing industry has to offer, with incredibly timely, relevant, moving stories that really explore the human condition,” Albanese tells me.