The winners of the 2016 Pulitzer Prizes were announced on April 18, in a ceremony marking the centennial of the awards.
In fiction, Viet Thanh Nguyen won for The Sympathizer (Grove Press), which the judges called "a layered immigrant tale told in the wry, confessional voice of a 'man of two minds'—and two countries, Vietnam and the United States."
In drama, Lin-Manuel Miranda won for Hamilton, "a landmark American musical about the gifted and self-destructive founding father whose story becomes both contemporary and irresistible."
T.J. Stiles won in history for Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America (Alfred A. Knopf), described by the committee as a "rich and surprising new telling of the journey of the iconic American soldier whose death turns out not to have been the main point of his life." Initially classified as biography, the book was moved to the history category by the judges.
In biography, William Finnegan won for Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life (Penguin Press), "a finely crafted memoir of a youthful obsession that has propelled the author through a distinguished writing career."
In poetry, Peter Balakian won for Ozone Journal (University of Chicago Press), a collection of "poems that bear witness to the old losses and tragedies that undergird a global age of danger and uncertainty."
In nonfiction, Joby Warrick won for Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS (Doubleday), "a deeply reported book of remarkable clarity showing how the flawed rationale for the Iraq War led to the explosive growth of the Islamic State."