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On This Day: June 4

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development,
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One hundred years ago today, on June 4, 1917, the first Pulitzer Prizes were awarded. The prize was established, and initial funding provided, in the will of newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer. The Pulitzer Prize recognizes excellence in American journalism and literature, and a Prize for Music was added in 1943. Four prizes were awarded in 1917; today, there are twenty-one categories. We honor the centennial of the Pulitzer Prize with three of the 2017 Pulitzer winners.

Heather Ann Thompson: Blood in the Water The 2017 recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for History is Heather Ann Thompson's Blood in the Water, a history of the 1971 Attica prison uprising. In protest of poor living conditions, prisoners took control of the prison, taking about 40 staff members hostage. Tensions grew during four days of unsuccessful negotiations, until New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller sent in the state police to retake the prison. Blood in the Water is available as an e-book from OverDrive, or in print.
Hisham Matar: The Return Hisham Matar recieved the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography for his memoir The Return. Matar tells the story of his return to his native Libya in search of the truth about his father's disappearance twenty years earlier. The Return is available as an e-book from OverDrive, or in print.
Matthew Desmond: Evicted And the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction was awarded to Matthew Desmond's Evicted. Desmond explores the growing crisis caused by limited availability of affordable housing for poor families. He tells the stories of eight families struggling to stay in their rented Milwaukee homes, and of the landlords who control their fate. Evicted is available as an e-book or e-audio from OverDrive, or in print. Desmond spoke with Steve Lopez about his book as part of the ALOUD Speaker Series; that conversation is available as a podcast.

 


 

 

 

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