Penguin Random House 2024 Pulitzer Winners and Finalists

By Coll Rowe | May 9 2024 | Literature

John Updike. Edna Ferber. Wallace Stevens. Willa Cather. Robert Caro. Cormac McCarthy. Colson Whitehead (2x), Studs Terkel, Anne Tyler, John Steinbeck.

These immortals are just a double-handful-plus of the Penguin Random House Pulitzer Prize winners across two centuries. They were joined on May 6 by two more honorees, Cristina Rivera Garza and Jayne Anne Phillips, published by our imprints, who were announced as two of the recipients of this year’s annual Prize, which is administered by Columbia University. It is considered the most prestigious in American letters, bestowed for Biography, General Nonfiction, Memoir or Autobiography, History, Poetry, and Fiction.


Our 2024 Winners:

Memoir or Autobiography

Liliana’s Invincible Summer: A Sister’s Search For Justice by Cristina Rivera Garza (Hogarth)

Pulitzer citation: “A genre-bending account of the author’s 20-year-old sister, murdered by a former boyfriend, that mixes memoir, feminist investigative journalism and poetic biography stitched together with a determination born of loss.”



Night Watch by Jayne Anne Phillips (Knopf)

Pulitzer citation: “A beautifully rendered novel set in West Virginia’s Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in the aftermath of the Civil War where a severely wounded Union veteran, a 12-year-old girl and her mother, long abused by a Confederate soldier, struggle to heal.”


Also, the Pulitzer judges cited five of our 2023 publications as runners-up Finalists:


Same Bed Different Dreams by Ed Park (Random House)

General Nonfiction

Fire Weather: A True Story from a Hotter World, by John Vaillant (Knopf)


Memoir or Autobiography

The Country of the Blind: A Memoir at the End of Sight, by Andrew Leland (Penguin Press)

The Best Minds: A Story of Friendship, Madness, and the Tragedy of Good Intentions, by Jonathan Rosen (Penguin Press)


Information Desk: An Epic, by Robyn Schiff (Penguin Books)


Penguin Random House-wide cheers for our newest Pulitzer Prize honorees’ editors, publishing teams, and most loudly, our authors. There have been 139 Pulitzer recipients, in the 20th and 21st centuries, from Penguin Random House and its predecessor companies: a proud, humbling achievement unmatched by another book publisher.

Once more said: may our 2024 Pulitzer honorees’ writings also continue to resonate in the years ahead.

Liliana's Invincible Summer (Pulitzer Prize winner)
A Sister's Search for Justice

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Memoir or Autobiography • Finalist for the National Book Award for Nonfiction • “A searing account of grief and the quest to bring her sister’s murderer to justice years after the fact” (The Boston Globe), from “one of Mexico’s greatest living writers” (Jonathan Lethem).

$18.00 US
Mar 12, 2024
320 Pages

Night Watch (Pulitzer Prize Winner)
A novel
PULITZER PRIZE WINNER • LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD IN FICTION • A NEW YORKER BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR • From one of our most accomplished novelists, a mesmerizing story about a mother and daughter seeking refuge in the chaotic aftermath of the Civil War—and a brilliant portrait of family endurance against all odds"A tour de force." —Tayari Jones, author of An American Marriage
$28.00 US
Sep 19, 2023
304 Pages

Same Bed Different Dreams
A Novel
A wild, sweeping novel that imagines an alternate secret history of Korea and the traces it leaves on the present—loaded with assassins and mad poets, RPGs and slasher films, pop bands and the perils of social media.
$30.00 US
Nov 07, 2023
544 Pages
Random House

Fire Weather
On the Front Lines of a Burning World
A stunning account of a colossal wildfire and a panoramic exploration of the rapidly changing relationship between fire and humankind from the award-winning, best-selling author of The Tiger and The Golden Spruce “Grips like a philosophical thriller, warns like a beacon, and shocks to the core." —Robert Macfarlane, bestselling author of Underland “Riveting, spellbinding, astounding on every page.” —David Wallace-Wells, #1 bestselling author of The Uninhabitable Earth
$20.00 US
Jun 11, 2024
432 Pages

The Country of the Blind
A Memoir at the End of Sight
A witty, winning, and revelatory personal narrative of the author’s transition from sightedness to blindness and his quest to learn about blindness as a rich culture all its own
$29.00 US
Jul 18, 2023
368 Pages
Penguin Press

The Best Minds
A Story of Friendship, Madness, and the Tragedy of Good Intentions
Acclaimed author Jonathan Rosen’s riveting investigation of the forces that led his closest childhood friend from the heights of brilliant promise to the forensic psychiatric hospital where he has lived since killing the woman he loved. A story about friendship, love, and the price of self-delusion, The Best Minds explores the ways in which we understand—and fail to understand—mental illness.
$20.00 US
Apr 16, 2024
576 Pages
Penguin Books

Information Desk
An Epic
A book-length poem set in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, from a writer whose work offers “something few poets ever discover: a vision of the whole world” (Dan Chiasson, The New Yorker)
$20.00 US
Aug 15, 2023
144 Pages
Penguin Books