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David Simon, Yiyun Li, and Annette Gordon-Reed Awarded $500,000 Genius Grants

10LI-CONTEXT.JPGToday the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation celebrated 23 creative individuals who will receive one of the Foundation’s annual $500,000 awards–the famous “genius grants.”

Three writers were included among the winners: author and historian Annette Gordon-Reed, fiction author Yiyun Li (pictured, via), author and The Wire producer David Simon.

Here’s more about why the foundation picked Simon: “With the nuance and scope of novels, Simon’s recent series have explored the constraints that poverty, corruption, and broken social systems place on the lives of a compelling cast of characters, each vividly realized with complicated motives, frailties, and strengths.”

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Annette Gordon-Reed Wins $25,000 History Prize

Author Annette Gordon-Reed has won the $25,000 Frederick Douglass Book Prize for 2009, an annual prize awarded by Yale University’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition for “the best book written in English on slavery or abolition.

She received the award for her history book, “The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family,” which won the National Book Award for nonfiction last year–where GalleyCat had that video interview with the author. The award was sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Here’s more from the release: “In addition to Gordon-Reed, the other finalists for the prize were Thavolia Glymph for ‘Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household’ (Cambridge University Press) and Jacqueline Jones for ‘Saving Savannah: The City and the Civil War” (Alfred A. Knopf Publishers).’ The winner was selected by a review committee of representatives from the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and Yale University.”

Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced

pulitzerl.jpgThe 2009 Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists were announced this afternoon at Columbia University.

Among the Pulitzer Prize winners in the Letters categories were: “Olive Kitteridge” by Elizabeth Strout for Fiction; “American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House” by Jon Meacham for Biography; “The Shadow of Sirius” by W.S. Merwin for Poetry; “Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II” by Douglas A. Blackmon for General Nonfiction; and “Ruined” by Lynn Nottage for Drama.

Earlier this year, GalleyCat interviewed the History winner, Annette Gordon-Reed at the National Book Awards. She won both prizes for “The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family.”