Move over, Random House! Novel from Bellevue Literary Press wins Pulitzer

The 2010 Pulitzer Prizes were announced today, and the winners included a few surprises (although sadly, still no recognition for critic extraordinaire Jay Sherman). The prize for fiction went to Paul Harding’s Tinkers, a debut novel about a clock repairman recalling his childhood on his deathbed. The book comes from Bellevue Literary Press, a nonprofit publisher operating out of a tiny office at New York University’s School of Medicine since 2005.

The Pulitzers for history and biography went to, respectively, Liaquat Ahamed’s Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World, about the Great Depression and T.J. Stiles’ robber-baron bio The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt. Here’s the full list of those who won for books:

Fiction: Tinkers by Paul Harding

Poetry: Versed by Rae Armantrout

History: Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World by Liaquat Ahamed

General Nonfiction: The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy by David E. Hoffman

Biography: The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.J. Stiles

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  • alex

    not to be picky, but Random House did win 2 of them.. but yay for Bellevue!

  • Ed

    I am glad that a book from a small press got some recognition. I would love to see Shel Life do some more blogs about small presses.

  • John Finn

    Your title, “Move over Random House,” is almost prescient, since Harding has now signed with RH to publish his next two novels. I can’t wait to read them. Tin kers is a masterpiece.

  • ERAW

    And as a student of Paul’s, let me just saw no one could have deserved the award more. It took 5 years for anyone to show any interest in that book. Nice to see people are interested now.

  • rolodexter

    I’m a sucker for the gilded age. This one’s good; I have it on the Kindle too. It reads well. It’s a bio, of course, and it opens up with a court room scene that I couldn’t help but think of Howard Hughes, as I skimmed through those first pages. This one won a Pulitzer, and he’s made the rounds, hitting various NPR shows, doing readings, etc. In other words, it isn’t an independent offering.

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