Veronique Darwin

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Challenging the Challenge

In Book Club on July 12, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Noticing that the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction is entirely American, and that I am not, I decided to challenge the challenge by also reading a Governor General Literary Prize winning book from each decade. I won’t read one for the 1920s because the award was first given out in 1936. Below is the list I will choose from. Once again, please give me any recommendations from any decade, and also any recommendations on Pulitzer books too.

The beauty is that I could one day be eligible for this one. The beauty is also that I can compare decades in America and Canada. The beauty is also Canada itself.

1930s

1940s

1950s

1960s

1970s

1980s

1990s

2000s

2010s

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Pulitzer Challenge

In Book Club on July 10, 2012 at 6:38 pm

No, I’m not trying to win the Pulitzer (in Fiction) but I am going to do a self-prompted challenge in homage to the fact that the Pulitzer did not award a Fiction prize for 2012. I’m not going to try and say I care a lot about the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, because I wasn’t really bothered by it one way or the other until now. Now people are irate and I am going to do a challenge.

(I don’t know if people are irate. One of the three jury members who had to read 300 books is a little irate, but also sort of apologetic about the whole thing.)

The Pulitzer Prize gold medal award 한국어: 퓰리처상 ...

The Pulitzer Prize gold medal award (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The details of the situation aren’t all revealed, but it seems that the panel who picks the winning books was not impressed enough by the three books presented as a shortlist to pick one as their Pulitzer winner.

I just think this is so sad. Never mind not being one of the 300 books of 2012 presented to the jury, imagine being one of the three best books of the year and then making a panel of people decide for the first time in history that your three books suck so much they’re actually going to protest and not give an award.

I don’t know that this is how it went, but this how I would feel, as an author of one of those books. Maybe for a few minutes, then I’d be like, remember when I was just writing blog posts?

I feel that I haven’t given the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction enough attention until now. Congratulations, Pulitzer, if that’s why you were pulling this move. You did it.

So I am going to read one Pulitzer Prize winning book from each decade. Then I am going to read the three books that made it onto the shortlist this year. I will choose my own book from each decade unless you feel so inclined to comment below and reccomend for me a title. I’m just going to skip the 1910’s because if I didn’t I would never even start this challenge. I will post regular updates that are like, I hate the 30s!

Anyone want to join me?

1910s

1920s

1930s

1940s

1950s

1960s

1970s

1980s

Entries from this point on include the finalists listed after the winner for each year.

1990s

2000s

2010s

(list taken from Wikipedia)

 

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