2021 Pulitzer Prizes honor Louise Erdrich, Malcolm X bio
The 2021 Pulitzer Prizes, announced Friday in a virtual ceremony, honored several books that addressed Black history and underrepresented Americans in light of a tumultuous year of protests and reckonings following the murder of George Floyd.
The winner in fiction was Louise Erdrich for “The Night Watchman,” which follows Native American tribes in the 1950s and their collective resistance against colonialism and displacement. The book, which the Pulitzer judges praised as “a majestic, polyphonic novel ... rendered with dexterity and imagination,” draws on the story of Erdrich’s grandfather in North Dakota.
Erdrich, an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, has written 28 books across the genres of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and children’s literature. This is her first Pulitzer Prize.
Finalists in the category were Daniel Mason’s “A Registry of My Passage Upon the Earth” and “Telephone,” by Percival Everett, a novelist based at USC who writes frequently about misperceptions of Black people in academia and elsewhere.
At a time when backlash is building against discussions of race in the classroom, the Pulitzer committee honored several nonfiction …
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