Add these award-winning pieces to your reading list now.
The 2016 Pulitzer Prizes were announced this week, launching celebrations in newsrooms, offices, and writing desks everywhere. Created after Joseph Pulitzer’s death in 1904—his will established their creation—the prizes are awarded in 21 categories, on subjects including journalism, poetry, music, and photography.
This year’s crop of winners included some familiar names—The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The New Yorker were in there—and fan favorites: Emily Nussbaum won for her criticism in The New Yorker; Lin-Manuel Miranda won for the widely lauded musical Hamilton.
Works covered many of the year’s biggest stories and most pressing topics, nationally and worldwide. The photography staff of Thomson Reuters, for example, won “For gripping photographs, each with its own voice, that follow migrant refugees hundreds of miles across uncertain boundaries to unknown destinations.”
The full list is below, and for links to the works, visit the Pulitzer Prizes website. Then plan to catch up on these quality reads during your next trip.
The 2016 Pulitzer Prize Winners
Public Service - Associated Press
Breaking News Reporting - Los Angeles Times Staff
Investigative Reporting - Leonora LaPeter Anton and Anthony Cormier of the Tampa Bay Times and Michael Braga of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Explanatory Reporting - T. Christian Miller of ProPublica and Ken Armstrong of The Marshall Project
Local Reporting - Michael LaForgia, Cara Fitzpatrick and Lisa Gartner of the Tampa Bay Times
National Reporting - The Washington Post Staff
International Reporting - Alissa J. Rubin of The New York Times
Feature Writing - Kathryn Schulz of The New Yorker
Commentary - Farah Stockman of The Boston Globe
Criticism - Emily Nussbaum of The New Yorker
Editorial Writing - John Hackworth and Brian Gleason of Sun Newspapers, Charlotte Harbor, FL
Editorial Cartooning - Jack Ohman The Sacramento Bee
Breaking News Photography - Mauricio Lima, Sergey Ponomarev, Tyler Hicks and Daniel Etter of The New York Times
Photography Staff of Thomson Reuters
Feature Photography - Jessica Rinaldi of The Boston Globe
LETTERS DRAMA AND MUSIC
Fiction - The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove Press)
Drama - Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda
History - Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America by T.J. Stiles (Alfred A. Knopf)
Biography - Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan (Penguin Press)
Poetry - Ozone Journal by Peter Balakian (University of Chicago Press)
Nonfiction - Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS by Joby Warrick (Doubleday)
Music - In for a Penny, In for a Pound by Henry Threadgill (Pi Recordings)