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2011 Pulitzer Prize Winners with David Kipen

Jennifer Egan's book A Visit from the Good Squad has now won two of the three major book prizes for 2011.
Jennifer Egan's book A Visit from the Good Squad has now won two of the three major book prizes for 2011.
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The Pulitzer Board at Columbia University has announced the winners of this year's Pulitzer Prizes. The Los Angeles Times took home the top journalism award, while Jennifer Egan won in the fiction category for her novel, A Visit from the Goon Squad. David Kipen tells us more about the literary winners and finalists.

The 2011 Pulitzer Prize winners:


Public service: Los Angeles Times

Breaking news reporting: No award

Investigative reporting: Paige St. John of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Explanatory reporting: Mark Johnson, Kathleen Gallagher, Gary Porter, Lou Saldivar and Alison Sherwood of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Local reporting: Frank Main, Mark Konkol and John J. Kim of the Chicago Sun-Times

National reporting: Jesse Eisinger and Jake Bernstein of ProPublica

International reporting: Clifford J. Levy and Ellen Barry of The New York Times

Feature writing: Amy Ellis Nutt of The Star-Ledger, Newark, N.J.

Commentary: David Leonhardt of The New York Times

Criticism: Sebastian Smee of The Boston Globe

Editorial writing: Joseph Rago of The Wall Street Journal

Editorial cartooning: Mike Keefe of The Denver Post

Breaking news photography: Carol Guzy, Nikki Kahn and Ricky Carioti of The Washington Post

Feature photography: Barbara Davidson of the Los Angeles Times


Fiction: "A Visit from the Goon Squad" by Jennifer Egan (Alfred A. Knopf)

Drama: "Clybourne Park" by Bruce Norris

History: "The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery" by Eric Foner (W.W. Norton & Co.)

Biography: "Washington: A Life" by Ron Chernow (The Penguin Press)

Poetry: "The Best of It: New and Selected Poems" by Kay Ryan (Grove Press)

General nonfiction: "The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer" by Siddhartha Mukherjee (Scribner)

Music: "Madame White Snake" by Zhou Long, premiered Feb. 26, 2010, by the Boston Opera at the Cutler Majestic Theatre