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Pulitzer Prizes Go To Jennifer Egan, Bruce Norris, Eric Foner, Ron Chernow, Kay Ryan

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 18, 2011 at 7:38AM

The Pulitzer Prizes for 2011 were announced today (below). They will be awarded at a luncheon on May 23 at Columbia’s Low Library. More than 2,500 entries are submitted each year to the Pulitzer Prize competition for prizes in 21 categories, awarded by 102 jurors who make three recommendations in each category.
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The Pulitzer Prizes for 2011 were announced today (below). They will be awarded at a luncheon on May 23 at Columbia’s Low Library. More than 2,500 entries are submitted each year to the Pulitzer Prize competition for prizes in 21 categories, awarded by 102 jurors who make three recommendations in each category.

In the 14 Journalism categories, 1,097 entries were submitted, down slightly from last year’s total of 1,103. Finalists from 25 news organizations competed for prizes. Substantial online content was submitted, mostly from newspapers. Nearly a third of all journalism entries had some form of online or digital content, compared to one-fourth last year. Entries from 12 finalists contained digital content. This year, 60 online sites, the largest number so far, submitted about 100 entries. ProPublica, which last year was the first news site to win a prize, won a second Pulitzer this year, for National Reporting.

In the arts categories, juries reviewed 1,204 books (45 more than last year), 161 Music entries and 80 plays. The Board comprises 19 members, 17 of whom can vote. Each jury recommends three finalists; the Board makes the final calls by evaluating nominated finalists and considering jury reports.

Letters, Drama, and Music
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 & Company)
Biography or Autobiography
Washington : A Life by Ron Chernow (The Penguin Press)
Poetry
The Best of It: New and Selected Poems by Kay Ryan (Grove/Atlantic)
General Nonfiction
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee (Scribner)
Music
Madame White Snake by Zhou Long (Oxford University Press)

Journalism
Public Service
Los Angeles Times
Investigative Reporting
Paige St. John of Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Explanatory Reporting
Mark Johnson, Kathleen Gallagher, Gary Porter, Lou Saldivar and Alison Sherwood of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Local Reporting
Frank Main, Mark Konkol and John J. Kim of 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, NJ
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 Los Angeles Times


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.