The Pulitzer Prizes, given each year for excellence in journalism as well as arts and letters, have just been announced to the lucky crowd gathered in New York City. A couple of local connections sprung up amid the prizes:
–The Pulitzer Prize for music went to Alaska composer John Luther Adams for his work “Become Ocean,” which the Seattle Symphony premiered on June 20, 2013. The SSO will also perform the work next month at Carnegie Hall, as part of the Spring for Music festival. The citation describes it as a “haunting orchestral work that suggests a relentless tidal surge, evoking thoughts of melting polar ice and rising sea levels.”
— Jen Graves, visual-art critic for the alternative newspaper The Stranger, was named a finalist in the criticism category “for her visual arts criticism that, with elegant and vivid description, informs readers about how to look at the complexities of contemporary art and the world in which it’s made.”
–Another winner of note: Donna Tartt’s novel “The Goldfinch” is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction; Tartt visited Seattle in October, and our review of the book is here.