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The Salt Lake Tribune is celebrating Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction as the prestigious awards turn 100 this year, with $5 tickets available at sltrib.com/PulitzerParty.
Join us at Weller Book Works at Trolley Square in Salt Lake City, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28, to enjoy birthday cake and begin book browsing.
At 7 p.m., The Tribune's Jennifer Napier-Pearce will introduce notable readers who will share why they love their favorite Pulitzer novels. Catherine Weller, co-owner of Weller Book Works, will introduce us to this year's fiction winner, "The Sympathizer: A Novel," by Viet Thanh Nguyen. We'll also award one of our guests an ultimate "reading kit."
Afterward, you're invited to head upstairs for custom literary cocktails at Desert Edge Brewery. (You'll need to be 21 to purchase them, but all are welcome to join the restaurant conversation.)
This event is part of The Tribune's year-long celebration of the centennial, supported by a Pulitzer Prizes Centennial Campfires Initiative grant to Utah Humanities, The Tribune, Utah Public Radio and KCPW. Our speakers:
• Mette Ivie Harrison, author of young-adult books "The Princess and the Hound" and "Mira, Mirror" and a mystery for adults, "The Bishop's Wife." She'll speak about "All the Light We Cannot See," the 2015 winner by Boise author Anthony Doerr.
• Stephen Trimble, who has published 22 books about the American West as a writer, editor and photographer, teaches writing at the University of Utah's Honors College. He'll speak about "Lonesome Dove" by Larry McMurtry.
• Richard Isakson, a retired Brigham Young University professor, had read all the Pulitzer-winning novels before this year's winner was announced Monday. He'll explain why "His Family," the 1918 winner by Ernest Poole, is one of his favorites. Read his story here.
• Erika George, a University of Utah law professor who is co-director of the school's Center for Global Justice, will talk about "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao," by Junot Diaz.
• Becky Jo Gesteland, an English professor at Weber State University with an interest in women's autobiographical writing and American Studies, will talk about "March" by Geraldine Brooks.
• Tribune arts writer Ellen Fagg Weist will speak about "Angle of Repose" by Wallace Stegner, who graduated from the U. and became an acclaimed Western writer and conservationist. Read her recent take on Pulitzer readers here.
The Pulitzer Prizes Centennial Campfires Initiative is a joint venture of the Pulitzer Prizes Board and the Federation of State Humanities Council in celebration of the 2016 centennial of the Prizes.
The initiative seeks to illuminate the impact of journalism and the humanities on American life today, to imagine their future and to inspire new generations to consider the values represented by the body of Pulitzer Prize-winning work.