Books In The News: 2012 Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced

The 2012 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced on April 16.
Books In The News: 2012 Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced
J.K. Rowling. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Barbara Danza
4/30/2012
Updated:
10/8/2018
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2012 Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced

The 2012 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced on April 16. Works of literature celebrated included “The Swerve: How the World Became Modern“ by Stephen Greenblatt, ”Life on Mars“ by Tracy K. Smith, ”George F. Kennan: An American Life“ by John Lewis Gaddis, ”Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention“ by Manning Marable, and ”Water by the Spoonful“ by Quiara Alegria Hudes. Surprising many, according to Publishers Weekly, was the choice not to award a prize to a work of fiction.

Pulitzer Winners Enjoy Big Sales Increases

Amazon sales ranks revealed a significant jump in popularity for Pulitzer-prize winning books, including a move from 35,886 to 101 for Tracy K. Smith’s “Life On Mars,” according to Publishers Weekly (PW). There was no increase in e-book sales for winning titles, however, PW notes. 

Harry Potter Encyclopedia Coming

J.K. Rowling has been making headlines for her much-anticipated novel for adults “The Casual Vacancy“ due to hit shelves this fall. The author is also busy working on a Harry Potter encyclopedia, according to The Guardian.

On her website, Rowling said, “for a long time I have been promising an encyclopedia of Harry’s world, and I have started work on this now—some of it forms the new content in Pottermore. It is likely to be a time-consuming job, but when finished I shall donate all royalties to charity.”

Compiled by Barbara Danza, Epoch Times Staff

Barbara Danza is a contributing editor covering family and lifestyle topics. Her articles focus on homeschooling, family travel, entrepreneurship, and personal development. She contributes children’s book reviews to the weekly booklist and is the editor of “Just For Kids,” the newspaper’s print-only page for children. Her website is BarbaraDanza.com
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