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‘The Orphan Master’s Son,’ ‘Stag’s Leap’ Among 2013 Pulitzer Prize Winners

The 2013 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced Monday at a ceremony at Columbia University.

Winning in the letters, drama and music categories were…

Poetry: “Stag’s Leap” by Sharon Olds, a book about grieving and healing at the end of a marriage. Last year, Olds talked to the NewsHour about her collection, finding her poetic voice in her 30s and the “usefulness” of poetry:

Pulitzer judges called Olds’ collection “a book of unflinching poems on the author’s divorce that examine love, sorrow and the limits of self-knowledge.” Olds also read several of her poems for us:

Fiction: “The Orphan Master’s Son” by Adam Johnson, a novel about a young man’s life in North Korea, one of the world’s most isolated and potentially dangerous countries. Last year, Johnson spoke to Jeffrey Brown about his book:

Pulitzer judges called Johnson’s work “an exquisitely crafted novel that carries the reader on an adventuresome journey into the depths of totalitarian North Korea and into the most intimate spaces of the human heart.” Johnson read an excerpt from his book for us:

Drama: “Disgraced” by Ayad Akhtar.

History: “Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam” by Fredrik Logevall.

Biography: “The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo” by Tom Reiss.

General Nonfiction: “Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America” by Gilbert King.

Music: “Partita for 8 Voices” by Caroline Shaw.

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