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.

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