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Author of The Underground Railroad wins Pulitzer Prize

WINNER: Colson Whitehead

COLSON WHITEHEAD, author of the The Underground Railroad, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction on Monday (Apr 10).

The Underground Railroad was the 2016 National Book Award winning novel, which has sold more than 825,000 copies in the U.S. The book is also a fan favourite and has been heralded by the likes of Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey.

ACCLAIMED: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

The novel tells the story of Cora and Caesar, two slaves on a Georgia plantation who escape but find themselves caught up in a murder while navigating the Underground Railroad, where engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath Southern soil.

Other black Pulitzer winners included Tyehimba Jess for poetry, Lynn Nottage for drama and Hilton Als for criticism.

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