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Congratulations to Pulitzer winners Louise Erdrich and Ed Yong

We're absolutely delighted the Pulitzer Prize winners announced Friday include two honorees who previously visited the NYS Writers Institute.


Louise Erdrich, who visited us back in 1987, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her novel The Night Watchman, based on the extraordinary life of her grandfather who worked as a night watchman and carried the fight against Native dispossession from rural North Dakota all the way to Washington, D.C.


Here is a video of Louise at an event streamed live from the Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C., on Mar 4, 2020, just a few weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down these in-person events.

Speaking of the pandemic, science journalist Ed Yong was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his explanatory reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic. The Atlantic magazine, where Ed works as a staff writer, pulled together The Essential Ed Yong Reading List.


Ed visited us in 2019 to discuss his international bestseller I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life (2017). His writing has also appeared in National Geographic, The New Yorker and Scientific American.


Here's a clip from his 2019 visit to Page Hall on the downtown University at Albany campus.

Visit our YouTube channel for more videos with writers talking about science, including Margaret Atwood, Steven Pinker, NYS Author Colson Whitehead, and Joachim Frank, Nobel Prize winner and former UAlbany professor.


Congratulations to Louise and Ed and all the Pulitzer winners and nominees.