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Paul Harding Wins 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

April 12, 2010

Workshop alumnus and current visiting faculty member Paul Harding has won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, for his first novel, Tinkers, published in 2009 by Bellevue Literary Press. He is the 17th Workshop alumnus to recieve a Pulitzer Prize.

The Pulitzer Prize citation praises Tinkers, a novel about a dying man drifting back in memory to his impoverished childhood in Maine, as "a powerful celebration of life."

Tinkers has been recognized as one of the best debut fiction books of 2009 by The New Yorker, National Public Radio, the San Francisco ChronicleLibrary JournalPublishers Weekly, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and

Paul Harding studied fiction writing at the Writers' Workshop, earning an MFA in 2000, and he currently teaches here this semester as a visiting faculty member. He is currently at work on a second novel.

For more information:
Pulitzer Prize Citation for Paul Harding's Tinkers
Tinkers, by Paul Harding, at Bellevue Literary Press
Tinkers, reviewed by The Rumpus
"Books Briefly Noted: Tinkers" The New Yorker
Tinkers, reviewed at Quarterly Conversation
"Tinkers, The One That Got Away," NY Times Papercuts Blog
"Mr. Cinderella: From Rejection Notes to the Pulitzer," NY Times