Paul Harding Wins 2010 Pulitzer Fiction Prize

Paul Harding has won this year’s Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his debut novel, Tinkers. The book was published by a small independent press, Bellevue Literary Press. It is an exceptional achievement for both author and publisher, but particularly for Bellevue, only founded in 2005, publishing high quality literary and authoritative fiction and non-fiction of the arts and sciences, with a special focus on medicine.

Jury Citation for Harding’s Tinkers:

“Awarded to Tinkers, by Paul Harding (Bellevue Literary Press), a powerful celebration of life in which a New England father and son, through suffering and joy, transcend their imprisoning lives and offer new ways of perceiving the world and mortality.”

The two other nominated finalists in the fiction category were Love in Infant Monkeys, by Lydia Millet (Soft Skull Press), again, another great achievement for an independent press, and In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin (W.W. Norton & Company).
The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction has been awarded since 1948 for distinguished fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life.

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