‘God Help the Child’: An allegory told in shades of black and white

Toni Morrison’s latest novel is the story of a successful woman who still struggles to overcome her mother’s rejection of her because of the shade of her skin.

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In Missoula, anxiety over book on campus assaults

All of Missoula is talking about “Missoula,” a new book by Jon Krakauer. The book offers a searing view into campus sexual assaults, some by University of Montana football players, and how victims were treated by the local justice system.

Kolbert’s ‘Sixth Extinction’ wins Pulitzer for nonfiction

NEW YORK (AP) — The Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction has been awarded to "The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History," by Elizabeth Kolbert. The judges called Kolbert's work "an exploration of nature that forces readers to consider the threat posed by human behavior to a world of astonishing diversity." Finalists in this category were: "No...

Gregory Pardlo’s ‘Digest’ wins Pulitzer Prize for poetry

NEW YORK (AP) — "Digest" by Gregory Pardlo has won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. The judges cited Pardlo's "clear-voiced poems that bring readers the news from 21st Century America, rich with thought, ideas and histories public and private." Finalists in the category were: "Reel to Reel," by Alan Shapiro, cited for "finely crafted poems...

David I. Kertzer wins Pulitzer for Biography-Autobiography

NEW YORK (AP) — David I. Kertzer's "The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe" has won the Pulitzer Prize for biography-autobiography. Judges cited the book as "an engrossing dual biography that uses recently opened Vatican archives to shed light on two men who exercised nearly...

Elizabeth A. Fenn wins Pulitzer Prize for history

NEW YORK (AP) — Elizabeth A. Fenn's "Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People" has won the Pulitzer Prize for history. Fenn was cited Monday for her chronicle of the Mandans, which the judge's called "an engrossing, original narrative showing the Mandans, a Native American tribe in the Dakotas,...