Welcome 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 contest is to introduce as many titles of interest as possible.
These are my entries. Good luck to all.