Thanks for posting. In regards to the fiction category-a couple nights ago I heard through the grapevine in my children's literature class that the standards/core for classroom learning in Calif. will be changing soon. It seems that non fiction will be taking a front seat. I wish I had been listening more closely, as I lost most of the conversation due to other distractions,however the librarian in our class might have been referring not only to Calif. - I wonder if the lack of a Pulitzer in fiction this year could be a side effect of the coming changes in the educational system.
Regarding lack of a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction winner, I heard of an interesting article/interview with author Ann Patchett. It's worth sharing, and pondering.http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/entertainment/jan-june12/fiction_04-18.html
She also wrote an op-ed piece for the NY Times:http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/18/opinion/and-the-winner-of-the-pulitzer-isnt.html?_r=1
Read interview Taps. Interestingly enough, today I was writing in a theoretical proposal the idea of award books being used as a marketing tool to improve the county economy.
Thanks for the link.What Lev and Ann are talking about is sales and integrity. No fiction prize enhances integrity perception of the prize and reduces sales at the bookstores. In the end they agree that the discussions taking place on account of no fiction prize is, probably, good for sales.One of the important arguments used is that prize brings readers to the bookstores. It's about getting readers interested in books.I think I am following the Pulitzer for the last 2-3 years only. The fiction and the non-fiction prize is usually talked about, and sometimes history also, but none about poetry and drama.
I think it would be very helpful if reviews of the not-so-talked-about books are posted here.
Thanks Tap, I will read it now.