No Pulitzer in Fiction? Don’t blame the judges!

What I can say about the Pulitzer Fiction Award controversy is this: Karen Russell’s Swamplandia is an original and worthy nominee. I have not read the other two finalists, chronicled in the article linked below, but I can see why a board comprised of journalists and academics might not be able to meet in the middle, whereas, I suspect, Corrigan, Cunningham, et al, probably could have done so. They did recommend three finalists, as requested, but the Board could not agree on one. A rule change doesn’t sound like a bad idea. Publishers, of course, have reason to rue the loss of post-award sales. Read Russell’s book, anyway. It’s worthwhile, like a lot of other books that have, over the years, been passed up for the final award.

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