* I missed out on the Pulitzer Prize, maybe because I was in the UK and it was hardly in the news. Winner for fiction: Olive Kitteridge, by Elizabeth Strout, a collection of 13 short stories set in small-town Maine. Never heard of. For some reason the prospect of reading short stories set in "small-town Maine" makes me feel like I'm in "Murder she wrote"...
Other finalists: The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich, a haunting novel that explores racial discord, loss of land and changing fortunes in a corner of North Dakota where Native Americans and whites share a tangled history; and All Souls by Christine Schutt, a memorable novel that focuses on the senior class at an exclusive all-girl Manhattan prep school where a beloved student battles a rare cancer, fiercely honest, carefully observed and subtly rendered. [from http://www.pulitzer.org/]
Drama: Ruined by Lynn Nottage
Poetry: The Shadow of Sirius by W. S. Merwin