As journalists around the world rush to see who’s just been awarded the Pulitzer Prize, WVFC’s eye was drawn by one non-journo on the list.  The Pulitzer for history, whose past winners include Doris Kearns Goodwin and Carl Sandburg, can now add to its ranks The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, by Annette Gordon-Reed (W.W. Norton & Company), which the Pulitzer committee called  “a painstaking exploration of a sprawling multi-generation slave family that casts provocative new light on the relationship between Sally Hemings and her master, Thomas Jefferson.”

“We’re over the moon,” said Gordon-Reed’s agent Faith Childs (also a WVFC board member). We are too – though we knew it long ago, having interviewed her last fall, even before she won the National Book Award (see her, below. just before that happened).

Now that the Pulitzer jury, which included Revolutionary War scholar Pauline Maier and Stanford historiographer Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman, gave their stamp of approval (and the $10,000) to Gordon-Reed, we know there’s no stopping her.

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