KevinfromCanada’s Second contest: Pick the Pulitzer fiction winner

pulitzer_front_logo2Welcome to the second KevinfromCanada contest — this time we are looking for who will be the Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction when it is announced on April 20.

The Pulitzer doesn’t announce a shortlist, so we are all starting from scratch.  They do usually announce two “finalists” when they announce the winner so I am looking for entries that say:

1.  What book wins the Pulitzer.

2.  What books are the finalists (maximum two and you don’t actually have to name any if you don’t want to.)

The winner will be the entry that names the prize winner and, if more than one entry gets that correct, which of those entries has the most finalists named.  If no one gets the winner, we will move to “finalists” to determine a winner — in the event of any tie, the entry that comes in first will be the winner.  The judge’s decision (that is me) will be final in any case.

The prize:  A $75 gift certificate at the online bookseller of your choice that will accept my credit card.  All entries, questions and observations are welcome — please don’t just enter but also say why you have made your choice so others can have the benefit of your thoughts.

I certainly intend to be part of this contest.  My entry for the winner is   A Mercy  by Toni Morrison, the  finalists will  be Unaccustomed Earth  by Jhumpa Lahiri and Telex from Cuba  by Rachel Kushner.  I am actually cheering more for my finalists than I am for my winner selection.  Lahiri’s short story collection is excellent — but she has already won the prize for The Interpreter of Maladies  which even I have to admit was probably a better book. Kushner’s book was a finalist for the National Book Award and I read it last fall — it is one of those books that grows in memory, which is always a good thing.

Enter soon and enter often.  Well, don’t enter often but by all means send a second entry in the name of your spouse, favorite pet or whatever.  The whole purpose of the comorrisonkushnerntest is to introduce as many titles of interest as possible.

 

 

 

These are my entries.  Good luck to all.lahiri

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78 Responses to “KevinfromCanada’s Second contest: Pick the Pulitzer fiction winner”

  1. Trevor Says:

    The only year I picked it was the year The Road won. In fact, I was giddy in my seat before the announcement, hoping McCarthy would win.

    This year, I’ll surprise no one and say that Joseph O’Neill’s Netherland will win.

    Finalists:
    Susan Choi: A Person of Interest
    Marilynne Robinson: Home

    Now, if only I had a dog who could also enter . . .

  2. KevinfromCanada Says:

    An interesting entry. Are you sure that O’Neill meets the citizenship requirement — given that he qualified for the Booker, it would mean that he would have to have dual citizenship (Carol Shields did — she won the Pulitzer and assorted Canadian prizes because she did). If you do discover the O’Neill is not eligible, you get another entry. Also, your sons are more than welcome to enter.

  3. Trevor Says:

    I wasn’t sure until he won the PEN/Faulkner. You have to be an American citizen to enter that one too.

    My wife, incidentally, might be joining the contest here. My sons would only be interested in seeing Thomas the Tank Engine win. I might be able to educate them on some finer fiction before April though.

  4. Trevor Says:

    By the way, Kevin, I’m not sure if your interested in posting a link to this contest in my Pulitzer forum or not, but please feel free or let me know if you’d like me to do it.

  5. KevinfromCanada Says:

    Thanks for the offer, Trevor. Could you please add the link in for me?

  6. Colette Jones Says:

    So what is the tie breaker if I just copy you or Trevor’s entry and it is correct? Ha.

    Seriously though, I’ll need to look into the criteria. I have gleaned US citizen from the comments here, but what date range are we looking at?

  7. KevinfromCanada Says:

    Tiebreaker would be first entry received — so you would lose :).

    Here’s a link to the Pulitzer website: http://www.pulitzer.org/

    And Trevor, who knows more about the rules than I do has a forum on the Pulitzer at his site: http://mookseandgripes.com/reviews/pulitzer-prize-for-fiction/

    You have almost a month to investigate all of this — good luck.

  8. Trevor Says:

    In a nutshell, the criteria are fairly simple: fiction first published in the United States during 2008, written by an American citizen. The book has to be available for the public to purchase.

    There is a slight caveat that the work “preferably deal with American life,” but that doesn’t always seem to be the dispositive criterion.

    I don’t think The Road or The Shipping News, for example, deal particularly with American life. However, many others (American Pastoral, Middlesex, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Gilead, Interpreter of Maladies, Martin Dressler, Independence Day, Beloved and the list can go on and on) are quintessentially American novels that look hard at the American experience. Though, that’s not to say they are exclusively American.

  9. KevinfromCanada Says:

    It is only a guess on my part but I bet that “preferably deal with American life” was a Joe Pulitzer stipulation in the original prize definition. Given that he and Hearst founded “yellow journalism” and were both rather keen on exporting their vision of America to the rest of the world (hmmm, does that raise current thoughts?) it would seem to make sense. Your observation that recent selections have tended to honor the direction more in the absence than the presence is well-taken — why not just ignore the criterion instead of changing it.

    And then, given your recent post on The Age of Innocence, it only won the Pulitzer because the Columbia trustees refused to accept the jury’s recommendation of Sinclair Lewis’ Main Street because it was too anti-American. All of which indicated the trustees didn’t understand Edith Wharton’s book. Lewis got them back five years later when he refused to accept the Pulitzer for Arrowsmith. This historical Pulitzer mess makes Booker controversies look like child’s play, which they are. Does all of this make Philip Roth’s Indignation a contender this year? I was rather surprised not to see it on your list, Trevor — perhaps Mrs. Berrett is saving it for hers?

  10. Trevor Says:

    I think it is interesting that Roth has been a finalist three times (The Ghost Writer, Operation Shylock: A Confession, and Sabbath’s Theater) and a winner only once with American Pastoral. This leaves out The Counterlife and The Human Stain, which were both incredible books (my review of The Human Stain is posting tomorrow). Because of that I don’t think Indignation is substantial enough to make it this year, though I did consider it when making my pick here.

    I’m fascinated by any insights into Pulitzer contoversies, by the way, if you have any more! I didn’t know that Wharton wasn’t the jury’s pick that year.

  11. KevinfromCanada Says:

    She was some pissed when she found out, but accepted the Prize nevertheless. Ever since, there has been a taint to the fact that she was the first female winner, but wasn’t the jury’s choice. I have to say that anyone reading the two novels now would have to say that The Age of Innocence is the better novel.

    As for this year’s prize, I would not be surprised at all if Indignation shows up as the winner or, more likely, a finalist. It certainly doesn’t have the ambition of the other Roth works that you mention, but in many ways the execution is much better. I don’t like him as much as you do — which might explain why I put Indignation higher up in my evaluation. I certainly would not be surprised if a jury reached the same conclusion.

  12. KevinfromCanada Says:

    Sorry, I can’t resist a blog promo, vaguely tied to the Pulitzers — well to yellow journalism at least. Given that Pulitzer and Hearst created the field, it is only right that we recognize the A.J. Lieblings, Heywoud Brouns and Damon Runyons who actually wrote in that world. Afflict the comfortable was their credo and they executed. Journalism was my trade and I can assure you they have no current compadres — comforting the comfortable would seem to be the modern mode.

    Some months ago Max at Pechorin’s Journal and I were musing about what a great writer Damon Runyon is (he is Mrs. KFC’s all-time favorite, by a longshot). Sportswriter, poet, short-story writer, journalist — he covered assorted conflicts for the yellow-journalist Hearst papers — and almost continuously revived Broadway lyricist (isn’t there yet another revival of Guys and Dolls on stage now?) he has never slipped out of the public eye. I’m reading a collection now — a post will be up before the Pulitzer is announced, I promise. Do stay tuned.

  13. Max Cairnduff Says:

    I’m not going to make any Pulitzer bets, I know nothing about it in all honesty and rely on others for prize coverage, but I am hugely looking forward to the Runyon writeup. I’m a huge fan as you know Kevin, a wonderful writer, I’m interested to see what you have to say about him.

  14. KevinfromCanada Says:

    Max: I don’t think a lack of knowledge should serve as any barrier to entry in the contest — none of us are jury members, after all. So please enter. Your opinion is as valid as anyone elses.

    I’m reading Runyon a few stories at a time. And I suspect the post will be more an essay than a review — he is a great writer and I find that the impact he has on me is in many ways more important than what he actually writes. We shall see.

  15. Max Cairnduff Says:

    Hm, unfortunately I think Trevor is probably correct with Netherlands. That’s taken though, so I shall have to find another candidate.

    Richard Price vaguely appeals as a left field suggestion, but I can’t see what’s ultimately a crime novel winning.

    I shall have to mull on the topic.

  16. Trevor Says:

    Price was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner, Max. I would like to see him get some Pulitzer recognition.

  17. KevinfromCanada Says:

    The American prizes tend to get spread around, which is why I think Netherland won’t win and opted for Morrison instead. And I’d critique my own choice by observing that it might be too obvious and the Pulitzer jury may look to recognize a less well known name.

  18. Max Cairnduff Says:

    Right then, in the interests of having a competition, my bet goes on Price.

  19. Trevor Says:

    It really is a rare year that the same book wins two of the awards. The last time a book won the PEN/Faulkner and the Pulitzer was The Hours in 1999. And the only other time a book won both was in 1996 when Independence Day did it. So I’d say Netherland is a long shot. It is much more common for the NBCC and Pulitzer to coincide, which has happend eight or nine times in the thirty-plus years the NBCC has been around. But that won’t happen this year!

  20. Rob Roach Says:

    My prediction for the 2009 Pulitzer for fiction is: My Sister, My Lover by Joyce Carol Oates.

  21. KevinfromCanada Says:

    Thanks, Rob. This is the kind of courageous prediction that the contest is meant to encourage.

  22. William Rycroft Says:

    Step back people, it’s me, the reigning champion from Kevin’s first competition (and what an unimpressive, flukey victory it was too). So I have thrown my Darts of Chance at the Board of Fate and come up with,
    Winner: The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich
    finalists: Netherland by Joseph O’Neil and A Mercy by Toni Morrison

    surely lightning doesn’t strike twice…

  23. KevinfromCanada Says:

    I was defrinitely hoping the reigning champion would put his title on the line. And a very interesting entry, I must say — an off-the-wall first choice coupled with a pair of conventional finalists.

  24. William Rycroft Says:

    Well, I’m a bit clueless really so a bit of research (google) and a flair for the dramatic, not to mention the backing of Philip Roth (he called it her masterpiece), and there we have it.

  25. Colette Jones Says:

    Can the same person win twice?

    If so, I’m going to go with Marilynne Robinson for Home. I finished it this morning and absolutely loved it. That is very strange as I didn’t like Gilead and it’s basically a different take on the same story… I don’t know of another author who has published the same story twice, but I found it very effective. Kevin, did you say you read Home before Gilead? I’m wondering whether that would work, and I am guessing that it wouldn’t have for me.

  26. KevinfromCanada Says:

    A most interesting entry. I did read Home and didn’t like it very much — various reviews of Gilead have convinced me I probably wouldn’t like it either. My impression is that most people either like or dislike both and that your experience is not the normal one. I do have to admit that a number of readers whom I respect do like the book.

    The best example of the “same story” phenomenon is probably Lawrence Durrell’s Alexandria Quartet — the first three volumes visit the same circumstances from three individual’s point of view, the fourth takes the story along further. Here is a link to an excellent TLS review of the new Folio Society edition :
    http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/the_tls/article4618977.ece

  27. Trevor Says:

    Incidentally, Collette, the same person can win twice, and even for the same series: Updike won twice for two different Rabbit books. I imagine it’s something the jury takes into account, but if it’s the book they consider to be the best . . .

  28. coatesn Says:

    As voted by my heart over my head:

    Winner: Serena by Ron Rash

    Finalists:
    A Mercy by Toni Morrison
    Netherland by Joseph O’Neill

    Plague of Doves was a good read–I was surprised it wasn’t on some of the award lists.

  29. dovegreyreader Says:

    Awww look, there’s no books left for me to choose:-)

  30. dovegreyreader Says:

    Hang on, no one’s mentioned Elizabeth Strout yet, I’ll nab Olive Kitteridge as a runner -up in that case though I’m so out on a limb this is dangerous because I don’t even have a copy let alone read it, but I did read the last one, does that count? I’ll opt for Toni Morrison’s A Mercy to win which I do have waiting here for my Orange readathon and I love Louise Erdrich so I’m going to have stab very appropriately at The Plague of Doves as a runner-up too. Someone’s got to play this Rycroft chap at his own game :-) Thank heavens for google I say but I might change my mind in a few days, is that allowed?

  31. KevinfromCanada Says:

    You are allowed to change your mind up to the deadline, although that may say something about your changing tastes. As I understand your entry, you are opting for Morrison to win (as I am), followed by Strout (excellent choice) and Erdrich as finalists (that’s where you and I split). And of course you have three weeks to submit an entirely new entry — the Kayaker or Offspringette could certainly show up as entries without question.

    And I do think a Tinker entry would be interesting and off the beaten track, so far. Shadow Country with its references to the Civil War? Indignation for its exploration of Korean War implications? And perhaps Netherland for investigating a more modern version.

    We have not even contemplated Bookhound’s entry, which might be the most interesting. Perhaps you might tell him that he is expected to weigh in.

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  33. Scott Says:

    Hi everyone, this is my first post here and the topic interests me. I think everyone got heavy Road/Oscar Wao vibes the last couple years, so the Pulitzers weren’t much of a shock. This year I feel it is wide open, with a bevy of worthy books to choose. “Netherland” has everything going for it-it’s beautifully written and quintissentially-American-with-an-edge that the Pulitzers have awarded as of late. I enjoyed “A Mercy” very much and the puzzles Morrison created in it, but it doesn’t seem like a real Pulitzer tome. Ethical questions were raised with shades of mastery and parts were very well written indeed, but a lot of it seemed like typical Morrison paint-by-numbers. I miss her bigger books dammit- the Nobel made her lazy. Maybe I’m still reeling from my “2666″ hangover. I think “Plague of Doves” and an out-of-left-field choice will be runners-up.

  34. KevinfromCanada Says:

    Welcome to the site Scott and thanks for a thoughtful overview. I’m a little confused — could you post again with your choice of winners and whatever runners-up you want to include? Thanks.

  35. Cherine Badwi-Hlady Says:

    Hey Kevin – Remember me? We used to work together at GPC many moons ago. I stumbled on your blog through a review you posted that was linked to the Chapters website. So thrilled to make this connection again and read your blog.

    I couldn’t resist entering your contest. My prediction…

    Winner: A Mercy, Toni Morrison
    Runners Up: Netherland, Joseph O’Neil and The Widows of Eastwick, John Updike (in homage to his passing…)

  36. KevinfromCanada Says:

    Hi, Cherine — I do remember, although I don’t like to think it was that long ago (guess that is part of aging). Thanks very much for your entry — Updike as a runner-up is a very interesting proposition. Hope to see you commenting often. Kevin

  37. 3m Says:

    I’m going to go for a dark horse and say Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout as the winner, with A Mercy by Morrison and Home by Marilynne Robinson as finalists. An all-women line-up (unlikely, but there you go!).

    I know I should say A Mercy or Home as the winner, with Olive Kitteridge as the finalist, but since both Robinson and Morrison have won it before…

    I really liked Unaccustomed Earth by Lahiri, but she has won it before, and to me the stories were too much focused away from the U.S. to win.

    I only hope that Updike, Roth, or O’Neill doesn’t win. I didn’t care for Netherland and I don’t like Updike or Roth as writers.

  38. 3m Says:

    Oops, I just realized you wanted the reason for our choices as well.

    I read Olive Kitteridge last year and loved it. It was “a novel in stories.” Not all the stories had Olive in them, but they all gave insight into her character.

    I read and very much liked A Mercy, but I’m not sure it was better than Beloved, which won. As for Home by Marilynne Robinson — I haven’t read it yet but I loved Gilead and her writing in general. I will eventually read all her books.

  39. KevinfromCanada Says:

    3m: Thanks for the entry and the excellent observations. Good luck. Kevin

  40. Abby Says:

    I am predicting that Indignation by Philip Roth and Toni Morrison A Mercy will be finalists. I am predicting that Home by Marilynne Robinson will win. I would really like Louise Erdich to win but don’t think she will. Maybe I’ll be surprised!

  41. KHubers Says:

    Kevin,

    I found you through The Asylum. Yours is a great blog, too.

    I will submit one (largely uninformed) entry.

    Winner: Lush Life by Richard Price
    Finalists: A Mercy by Morrison, Netherland by O’Neill

    Of the legitimate contenders this year, I have read only Netherland. I have never read anything by Price, but am eagerly awaiting Clockers. I am years behind, you see.

    I really enjoyed Netherland, but many have already picked it and I want to believe something else was better. (The other 2008 books I have read do not come close.) I want to believe Price is a writer I should have been reading for years, so I am picking him as an aspirational favorite.

    Morrison has won before, or I would have gone with A Mercy. While slight, everything I have read points to it as one of her best.

    I considered, but chose not, to take a flyer on Dangerous Laughter by Stephen Millhauser, not least because I have no idea if he or his book qualify. The NY Times liked it though, and compared him to Poe and Nabokov, two of my gods. But, in the end, I just couldn’t do it. It’s out there for someone else…..

  42. Scott Says:

    Hi Kevin- mine wasn’t a formal prediction per se because the Pulitzers tend to nominate a third book out of left field (American Woman, Shakespeare’s Kitchen, You Are Not A Stranger Here to a lesser extent) along with another nominee and winner that are more expected (The Road, Gilead, Oscar Wao, etc.) Maybe Netherland for winner, Plague of Doves as nominee #1, and, um, The Lazarus Project as nominee #2?

    On a different note, I was pretty surprised when March won a couple years back. Was that on anyone’s radar prior to its win? Thanks.

  43. KevinfromCanada Says:

    Abby: An interesting entry — those who like Roth tend not to like Morrison, and vice versa. Thanks for entering.
    KHubers: I too am a big fan of John Self and Asylum — it is a honor to be compared to that blog. It’s interesting that you raise Millhauser as a a possibility (I’m pretty sure it does qualify). I’ve looked at it a number of times but for some reason can’t bring myself to buy it.

  44. Mrs. Berrett Says:

    My vote goes to Shadow Country with A Mercy and Netherland as the runners up.

  45. KevinfromCanada Says:

    I was wondering if we would get a Shadow Country entry — it is a dark horse but if the judges opt for an epic (and they often have) it would be quite a logical choice.

  46. Mrs. Berrett Says:

    I’ll admit I only chose it because you suggested it might win because of length on Trevor’s blog (wow sentence!). You’re not the only one who likes to be the contrarian.

  47. Colette Jones Says:

    With “Home” as my chosen winner, I would like to add “Netherland” and “A Mercy” as finalists.

    The reason is simply that I prefer to choose books I’ve read. I am not actually very far into “Netherland” yet but I am finding it highly enjoyable and I am surprised it didn’t get further than the Booker longlist last year.

    I found “A Mercy” a questionable read until the end – I loved the end, so was won over.

  48. KevinfromCanada Says:

    Colette: I salute you for restricting yourself to choosing books that you have read. Next year, I may try to devise a scoring system that awards double points for books that the entrant has actually read (which will, of course, also decrease the number of entries).

  49. Mr. Benchly Says:

    I’m pretty sure all of these have been mentioned at some point and if I had time, I’d check for certain, however, I don’t, so I’ll have to hope that no one has come up with this exact combo:

    Winner:
    The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdich

    Finalists:
    Home by Marilynn Robinson
    Netherland by Joseph O’Neill

    Also, it’s worth noting that my book club and I will be rooting for Olive Kitteridge.

  50. Trevor Says:

    Mr. Benchly, some one has come up with the same combo: William Rycroft. But you’re in good company since he won the last contest!

  51. KevinfromCanada Says:

    You are more than welcome to make an adjustment, Mr. Benchly. Thanks for doing the hard work, Trevor.

  52. Jim Says:

    Winner: Netherland

    Nominees: Home and Dangerous Laughter

  53. Mr. Benchly Says:

    Wait…

    William Rycroft picked Mercy and Netherland as the finalists. I picked Home and Netherland. Do I still need to make adjustments?

  54. KevinfromCanada Says:

    No you don’t, Mr. Benchly. Certainly the laziness of the contest administrator has made a royal cock-up of your entry so far. My apologies.

  55. Scott Cameron Says:

    The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich

    Finalists: A Mercy by Toni Morrison and City of Thieves by David Benioff

  56. KevinfromCanada Says:

    Scott: I do appreciate the off-the-wall pick as a finalist. I think you are right that at least one of the three will be that kind of book — hope you hav picked the right one. Kevin

  57. Trevor Says:

    Wait…

    William Rycroft picked Mercy and Netherland as the finalists. I picked Home and Netherland. Do I still need to make adjustments?

    Sorry! Over the past few months A Mercy and Home have somehow merged in my mind. I can no longer tell the difference when I see them in print, apparently!

  58. Colette Jones Says:

    Hm… I have a funny feeling Netherland is going to take the prize.

    I’m changing my vote to:

    Winner: Netherland
    Finalists: Home; A Mercy.

    I’ve read through the posts and I don’t think I have duplicated anyone’s else’s choices exactly. If I have, then take my earlier submission.

    I’ve still got a few days to change my mind.

  59. KevinfromCanada Says:

    I do love people who change their mind. I feel it shows a learning attitude that reflects maturity.

  60. CaroleJ Says:

    A heart not head choice = completely uninformed guess:

    Winner: Louise Erdrich – Plague of Doves

    Finalists: Toni Morrison – A Mercy
    Jhumpa Lahirir – Unaccostomed Earth

    Glad to see the blog is going so well.

  61. KevinfromCanada Says:

    Thanks for the entry and the compliment, CaroleJ. I am having a great time.

  62. padma Says:

    I’ll give it a try as well:
    Winner: Unaccustomed Earth
    finalists: Netherland, A Mercy
    I don’t think it’s going to prove true, though:)

  63. Colette Jones Says:

    I must say, Netherland was every much as good as Home for me. Since finishing it I have read a few reviews and interviews with Joseph O’Neill, and was interested to see that during the years he spent writing Netherland he re-read Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping multiple times “for the slowness”.

  64. Colette Jones Says:

    Looking at the Pulitzer web site and previous winners and finalists (this is the first time I have done this, telling you how uninformed by choices are!) I see that Annie Proulx was a finalist in 2000 for Close Range, and as it appears she released Just the Way it Is in 2008, I wonder if she will appear on the list somewhere. I am not changing my entry, just making an observation.

  65. Colette Jones Says:

    I’m getting a feeling that Indignation is going to appear as a finalist, but I’m not changing my entry as I want to stick with books I’ve read (not a way to win, I know, but a bit fun).

  66. Trevor Says:

    I hadn’t read that about Joseph O’Neill’s reading Housekeeping, a brilliant book! Thanks for tying two of my best reads together, Colette!

  67. Colette Jones Says:

    It was in The Book Depository interview:

    http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/interview/with/author/joseph-oneill

  68. Trevor Says:

    Olive Kitteridge won, Kevin. Not sure who the finalists were yet, though.

  69. KevinfromCanada Says:

    Trevor: It is interesting that I can find finalists in every other categoy but this one. I do have a winner (3m) and dovegreyridder had Olive Kitteridge as a finalist — I won’t be posting final results until we see who the finalists were, but it won’t affect the outcome.

  70. Trevor Says:

    Finalists: The Plague of Doves and All Souls

  71. Scott Says:

    Well, congrats to Olive. I look forward to reading her.

  72. Trevor Says:

    All Souls is definitely not the type of book I’d have pegged for the Pulitzer. In fact, its current cover on Amazon makes it look like it belongs in the smutty teenage fiction section of the store. Hopefully they change the cover to appeal to a Pulitzer-reading crowd. It does look interesting though.

  73. 3m Says:

    Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  74. 3m Says:

    Finalists are here:

    http://www.pulitzer.org/citation/2009-Fiction

    Also nominated as finalists in this category were: “The Plague of Doves” by Louise Erdrich (HarperCollins), a haunting novel that explores racial discord, loss of land and changing fortunes in a corner of North Dakota where Native Americans and whites share a tangled history; and “All Souls” by Christine Schutt (Harcourt), a memorable novel that focuses on the senior class at an exclusive all-girl Manhattan prep school where a beloved student battles a rare cancer, fiercely honest, carefully observed and subtly rendered.

  75. 3m Says:

    Looks like dovegreyreader had 2/3.

  76. 3m Says:

    Sorry for all the posts here, but I am very excited that I picked the winner. I read Olive Kitteridge last year, but ironically it’s one of the few books that I don’t have reviewed on my blog. I did rate it 4.5/5. It’s very good, and I do encourage others to read it!

  77. Mr. Benchly Says:

    The Pulitzer is coming! Will there be a third contest?

  78. KevinfromCanada Says:

    Mr. Benchly: I’m sorry there will not — I left getting it organized until too late. (Plus I was following the Tournament of Books and the contest that Kerry at Hungry Like the Woolf was running.) Keep checking back — if the IMPAC shortlist (due out April 12) is interesting I may repeat last year’s IMPAC contest.

    EDIT: I see the IMPAC website has two different dates for the shortlist announcement — I suspect April 14 is more likely. I also had a look at the longlist and I am now definitely hoping to see a good short list that will feature books from around the world, which makes for a very good contest for this blog. Stay tuned — I will try to post on it as soon as possible after the shortlist is out.

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