2019 Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced

Notable honorees include Aretha Franklin and Richard Powers

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Aretha Franklin was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize's Special Citation.
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The 2019 Pulitzer Prizes are here, and now you have a couple of more books, albums and articles you might need to add to your list of things to listen to and read.

Pulitzer administrator Dana Canedy announced the winners on Monday afternoon at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Richard Powers took home the coveted fiction prize for his novel The Overstory. Powers’ widely-praised twelfth novel was also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize last year, and was named one of the best books of the year by the New York Times and Washington Post.

Amity and Prosperity, poet and journalist Eliza Griswold’s story of the energy boom’s impact on small-town Appalachia won the prize for general nonfiction, while “Be With” by Forrest Gander took home the award for poetry.

Big winners in journalism included the staff of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, who won the award for breaking-news reporting for their coverage of last year’s shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill. Meanwhile, the South Florida Sun Sentinel took home the public service award for their coverage of the Parkland Shooting.

The late Aretha Franklin was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize’s Special Citation, which recognized the artist “for her indelible contribution to American music and culture for more than five decades,” the Pulitzer Board announced.

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