Pulitzer Book Club Inclusion Guide

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INCLUSION MILESTONES

2012

• Katy Perry first woman with 5 consecutive #1 Billboard singles from one album
• Obama first sitting president to publicly support LGBTQ marriage

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AUTHOR INSPIRATIONS

Finalists: “Swamplandia” by Karen Russell, “The Pale King” by David Foster Wallace, and “Train Dreams” by Denis Johnson
https://www.npr.org/2012/04/17/150787166/why-no-pulitzer-award-for-fiction-this-year

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Literary disappointment.

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First year without a Fiction prize in 35 years.

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Triple down. Read all three finalists.

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"The main reason [for the fiction decision] is that not one of the three entries received a majority and thus, after lengthy consideration, no prize was awarded." - Sig Gissler, Fiction jury chair

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"The decision not to award the prize this year rests solely with the Pulitzer board." - Sig Gissler, Fiction jury chair

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

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"There were multiple factors involved in these decisions, and we don't discuss in detail why a prize is given or not given." - Sig Gissler, Fiction jury chair

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Nowhereland

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Read the finalists; identify your winner from literary and inclusion perspectives.

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Get into the car and stay in the driveway.

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2012 “The End of the Tour” an adaptation of David Lipsky’s “Although f Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace”

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Finalists: “Swamplandia” by Karen Russell, “The Pale King” by David Foster Wallace, and “Train Dreams” by Denis Johnson