Pulitzer Book Club Inclusion Guide

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INCLUSION MILESTONES

1977

• Janet Guthrie first woman to race in Indianapolis 500
• Andrew Young America's first African American UN ambassador



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AUTHOR INSPIRATIONS

Alex Haley wins a Pulitzer Special Citation “for Roots, the story of a black family from its origins in Africa through seven generations to the present day in America.”

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No Pulitzer Fiction Award. Alex Haley wins Citation for “Roots.”

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Roots was promoted as “faction.”

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“Roots” is 704 pages; 30 listening hours.

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"Richard T. Baker, who administers the prizes on behalf of Columbia University, said that no prizes were given in these two categories because no recommendation “was clearly leading the pack.” - New York Times, April 19, 1977

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“There was speculation that one of the reasons no prize had been awarded was that one of the three fiction jurists, Jean Stafford the novelist, suffered a stroke during the period that the jury was studying entries.” - New York Times, April 19, 1977

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Serve multiple versions of the same thing and vote for the winner. Next, serve completely different things and try to identify the winner.

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“He described it as a ‘thin year, not a banner year’ for both fiction and international reporting.” - New York Times, April 19, 1977

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The campus of Columbia University where the Pulitzer Prize Committee votes.

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Talk about America’s winner/loser culture.

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Cruise to nowhere.

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“Roots” TV Mini-series 1977, 2016

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“According to sources, the fiction jury's first recommendation went to “A River Runs Through It,” a collection of short stories by Norman Maclean published by the University of Chicago Press. The second choice was “October Light” by John Gardner.” - New York Times, April 19, 1977