Pulitzer Prizes: William Finnegan, Emily Nussbaum, T.J. Stiles Nab Wins

Pulitzer Prize Medals - P 2012

Pulitzer Prize Medals - P 2012

This year's Pulitzer Prizes were announced Monday at Columbia University. The big culture news was the awarding of the drama prize to the hit Broadway musical Hamilton.

For biography, New Yorker writer William Finnegan won for his book Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life. The prize committee praised it as "a finely crafted memoir of a youthful obsession that has propelled the author through a distinguished writing career."

For history, the Pulitzer went to T.J. Stiles for his book on George Armstrong Custer, Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America. It was cited as "a rich and surprising new telling of the journey of the iconic American soldier whose death turns out not to have been the main point of his life."

For fiction, the honor went to Viet Thanh Nguyen for his novel The Sympathizer. The Pulitzer committee called the novel "a layered immigrant tale told in the wry, confessional voice of a "man of two minds" — and two countries, Vietnam and the United States."

Emily Nussbaum of The New Yorker won a journalism prize for criticism for her writing on television. The citation praised her "for television reviews written with an affection that never blunts the shrewdness of her analysis or the easy authority of her writing."

For general nonfiction, the Pulitzer went to Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS by Joby Warwick, which was cited as "a deeply reported book of remarkable clarity showing how the flawed rationale for the Iraq War led to the explosive growth of the Islamic State."