Pic of the Week: A Party of Pulitzers

Docent Ira Adler (front left) escorts a group of Pulitzer Prize winners in the Great Hall last week. The recipients  were in Washington for the kickoff event of a yearlong celebration marking  the prize’s centennial. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Docent Ira Adler (front left) escorts a group of Pulitzer Prize winners in the Great Hall last week. The recipients
were in Washington for the kickoff event of a yearlong celebration marking the prize’s centennial. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Thirteen Pulitzer Prize winners visited the Library last week while in Washington for festivities celebrating the esteemed award. Steve Benson, who won the prize for editorial cartooning in 1993; former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove (poetry, 1987); Jennifer Egan (fiction, 2011); Paul Giblin (local reporting, 2009); Joan Hedrick (biography, 1995); David Levering Lewis (biography, 1994 and 2001); Jeffrey Marx (investigative reporting, 1986); Philip Schultz (poetry, 2008); Jane Smiley (fiction, 1992); Tracy K. Smith (poetry, 2012); T.J. Stiles (biography, 2010); Jonathan Weiner (nonfiction, 1995); and Michael York (investigative reporting, 1986). The group toured the Jefferson Building and sat for videotaped interviews.

Other Washington events — all part of a yearlong celebration for the prize’s centennial — included a special reception at the Newseum, where more than 300 prize winners were in attendance.

The Pulitzer Prizes were established by newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer in 1917 to honor high achievement in journalism, literature and musical composition in the United States.

Pic of the Week: Gene Luen Yang

During a special ceremony yesterday, the Library welcomed comic book author and graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. The National Ambassador is selected for his or her contributions to young people’s literature, the ability to relate to kids and teens, and a dedication to fostering children’s literacy as a whole. The […]

Pic of the Week: Oh Christmas Tree!

Once again, the Library of Congress has decorated the Great Hall with a tall tree for the holidays, full of lights and ornaments for the enjoyment of visitors. It makes a lovely temporary addition to the magnificence of the space and never fails to put me in a festive spirit. If you’ve had the chance to […]

Library in the News: November 2015 Edition

Willie Nelson was the talk of the town as the Library celebrated his work and career during a concert in November, as he received the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. “When Willie took the stage to accept the Gershwin prize, you could see the pride on his face,” wrote Brendan Kownacki for Hollywood on the […]

Going to Extremes: The Greatest Wedding Cake on Earth?

(The following is an article written by Audrey Fischer, managing editor of the Library of Congress Magazine, and featured in the November/December 2015 issue. You can read the issue in its entirety here.) The Library’s food collections include once-edible artifacts. On Feb. 10, 1863, an event occurred that caused a media sensation and distracted the […]

Library Bestows Gershwin Prize on Willie Nelson

(The following story was written by Mark Hartsell, editor of the Library of Congress staff newsletter, The Gazette.) Whenever Willie Nelson’s bus rolls into town, actor and host Don Johnson said, you know you’re in for a good time, a big party. Wednesday night at DAR Constitution Hall was no exception. The Library of Congress […]

A Legacy of Librarians

(The following story, written by Center for the Book Director John Y. Cole, is featured in the November/December 2015 issue of the Library of Congress Magazine, LCM. You can read the issue in its entirety here.) Thirteen Librarians of Congress helped shape a legislative, national and international library. Today the Library of Congress is truly a […]

Inquiring Minds: VHP Marks 15 Years Preserving Veterans’ Stories

(The following is a story written by Mark Hartsell for the Gazette, the Library of Congress staff newsletter.) A missing Air Crew Report, author Dennis Okerstrom says, provides plenty of facts about losses in air combat: type of aircraft, names and ranks of crew members, a flight plan. Those facts can’t, however, reveal war’s human […]

Opening Day … For the Library

Until 1897, the Library of Congress was housed in the U.S. Capitol Building itself. Librarian of Congress Ainsworth Rand Spofford (1864–97) was the first to propose that the Library be moved to a dedicated building. He also was instrumental in establishing the copyright law of 1870, which placed the Copyright Office in the Library and […]

Pics of the Week: #LibraryOpenHouse

The Library of Congress once again opened the doors to its magnificent Main Reading Room on Monday for a special open house, held twice each year. More than 6,100 visitors enjoyed the opportunity to learn about the Library’s services, resources and collections, speak with reference librarians and even go inside the decks to view the […]