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On Winning the Pulitzer Prize...


“[Tinkers] languished in a desk drawer for nearly three years. But in perhaps the most dramatic literary Cinderella story of recent memory, Mr. Harding, 42, not only eventually found a publisher—the tiny Bellevue Literary Press—for the novel, Tinkers, he also went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction last week.” —New York Times [full article]

When the Pulitzer Prizes were announced this past week, perhaps no one was more surprised than fiction winner Paul Harding. His novel, Tinkers, was released by a little-known publishing company with few works of fiction to its credit, the first time a book published by a small independent press has won the Pulitzer for fiction since 1981s A Confederacy of Dunces.”NPR [full article]

“A few minutes before the Pulitzer Prize winners were announced yesterday, Erika Goldman received a call from an Associated Press reporter who told her that Tinkers had won the prestigious fiction award. A few minutes after that, Goldman was speaking on the phone with the book’s author, Paul Harding. ‘We were both screaming at the top of our lungs . . . —Wall Street Journal [full article]

“I was already planning to read it, but now I’m planning to read it sooner . . . ” —New York Times Paper Cut Blog [full article]

It was a little book from a little publisher that was hand-sold from start to finish,’ Harding said, adding that the win gave him ‘a sense of freedom.’” —The Guardian [full article]

“[Publishers Weeklys Michael Coffey] started reading it at work, went home for dinner, and kept reading until midnight. ‘It’s not something I normally do,’ he said. ‘But it was just so beautifully written. I don’t often see prose like that. I saw him as a sort of heir to Updike’” —Boston Globe [full article]

“The last time a small publisher won the fiction Pulitzer was in 1981, for John Kennedy Toole’s Confederacy of Dunces.” —USA Today [full article]

“Paul Harding says that when he saw his name pop up online under Pulitzer Prize winners, he fell off the couch. He then resorted to hitting the refresh button on his computer screen for 10 minutes.”
—Salem News [full article]

“The Pulitzer Board praised Harding’s novel as ‘a powerful celebration of life in which a New England father and son, through suffering and joy, transcend their lives and offer new ways of perceiving the world and mortality’”
—Harvard Crimson [full article]


“Harding’s accomplishment has garnered significant press, because he won with his debut novel and because it was published by a small press. He said the award is validation for those in the small press industry that ‘do it for the love.’” —Daily Iowan [full article]

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