By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer
The Pulitzer Prize is an award for achievements in newspaper, online journalism, literature, and musical composition. Publisher Joseph Pulitzer established the event in 1917, and now prizes are awarded every year in 21 different categories, rewarding winners with a certificate and $10,000 cash. This year, five of the major categories awarded were breaking news reporting, fiction, general nonfiction, music, and poetry.
For its detailed coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings, The Boston Globe staff won in the category of Breaking News Reporting. Their powerful use of photography to support in-depth news coverage earned them this tremendous honor.
Up next, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt won for best fictional book. As stated by the Pulitzer judges, Tartt’s novel is a beautifully written coming-of-age novel with intricately drawn characters. The story follows a grieving boy’s tragic journey as he tries to deal with his mother’s death, and return a famous stolen painting.
In general nonfiction, Dan Fagin’s Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation won. The book combines investigative reporting and historical research centered on a New Jersey seashore town that has a history of childhood cancers linked to water and air pollution.
John Luther Adams’ “Become Ocean”, which was performed by the Seattle Symphony, was awarded the Pulitzer in music. The emotional piece is described as, “a haunting orchestral work that suggests a relentless tidal surge, evoking thoughts of melting polar ice and rising sea levels.”
Lastly, the collection of poems called 3 Sections by Vijay Seshadri took the Pulitzer for poetry. The poems examine human consciousness, from birth to the final stages of dementia, the loss of brain function that helps with your memory.