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The Latest: Desmond wins Pulitzer for general nonfiction

Associated Press logo Associated Press 4/10/2017

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the Pulitzer Prizes in journalism and the arts (all times local):

3:35 p.m.

Matthew Desmond's "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City" has won the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction.

Set in Milwaukee, Desmond's book was among a wave of works that explored poverty, race and the class divide, themes that had special resonance as Republican Donald Trump campaigned on restoring the American Dream for "forgotten" Americans. Last month, Desmond won a National Book Critics Circle award.

The finalists for the nonfiction Pulitzer were "In a Different Key: The Story of Autism," by John Donvan and Caren Zucker; and Micki McElya's "The Politics of Mourning: Death and Honor in Arlington National Cemetery."

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3:32 p.m.

David A. Fahrenthold of The Washington Post has won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for campaign reporting that cast doubt on Donald Trump's assertions of generosity toward charities.

The award was announced Monday at Columbia University in New York City.

Among Fahrenthold's findings was that Trump spent $20,000 that belonged to his charity on a 6-foot-tall portrait of himself.

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3:30 p.m.

"The Return: Fathers, Sons, and the Land in Between" by Hisham Matar has won the Pulitzer Prize for autobiography.

The Pulitzer Prize board said Monday that Matar's memoir about his native Libya "examines with controlled emotion the past and present of an embattled region."

Finalists in the combined category of autobiography and biography included "In the Darkroom" by Susan Faludi and "When Breath Becomes Air" by the late Paul Kalanithi.

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3:25 p.m.

"Angel's Bone" by Du Yun has won the Pulitzer Prize for music.

The Pulitzer Prize board on Monday called the operatic work "bold" and said it "integrates vocal and instrumental elements and a wide range of styles into a harrowing allegory for human trafficking in the modern world."

Finalists in the category were "Bound to the Bow" by Ashley Fure and "Ipsa Dixit" by Kate Soper.

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3:20 p.m.

The gripping "Blood in the Water: The Attica Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy" by Heather Ann Thompson has won the Pulitzer Prize for history.

The book examines the events that unfolded starting in Sept. 9, 1971, when nearly 1,300 prisoners took over the Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York to protest years of mistreatment. The work reveals the crimes committed during the uprising and its aftermath, who committed them and how they were covered up.

Last year's history prize was won by "Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America" by T.J. Stiles. Other past winners include Charles Warren, Arthur Meier Schlesinger, Dean Acheson and Richard Hofstadter

The award is for "a distinguished and appropriately documented book on the history of the United States." It includes a $10,000 prize.

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3:15 p.m.

The New York Daily News and ProPublica have won the Pulitzer Prize for public service for a series on how officials are using a nuisance abatement law to evict people from their homes, even if they haven't committed a crime.

The award was announced Monday at Columbia University in New York City.

The reporting came from the review of 516 residential nuisance abatement actions from Jan. 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014. It found 173 of the people who gave up their leases or were banned from homes were not convicted of a crime, including 44 people who appear to have faced no criminal prosecution whatsoever.

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3:10 p.m.

"Sweat" by Lynn Nottage, which explores working-class resentment, has won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for drama.

The play that explores how the shutdown of a Pennsylvania factory leads to the breakdown of friendship and family and a devastating cycle of violence, prejudice, poverty and drugs.

The play marks Nottage's Broadway debut. She is the writer of "Intimate Apparel," ''By The Way, Meet Vera Stark" and "Ruined," which also won the Pulitzer Prize.

The drama award, which includes a $10,000 prize, is "for a distinguished play by an American author, preferably original in its source and dealing with American life."

Previous playwrights honored include August Wilson, Edward Albee, Eugene O'Neill, Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams. Recent winners include Annie Baker's "The Flick," Ayad Akhtar's "Disgraced," Stephen Adly Guirgis's "Between Riverside and Crazy," and Lin-Manuel Miranda's "Hamilton."

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1:45 p.m.

The New York Times says it mistakenly published an announcement promoting a Facebook Live event with its Pulitzer Prize winners, hours before the winners were announced.

Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy wouldn't confirm it had advance word that it had won any Pulitzers. She says the notice was "a mistake, combined with a little bit of hopeful thinking."

Published on Page 2 of Monday's print edition of The Times, it read: "How does it feel to get a Pulitzer Prize? Ask The Times's recently announced 2017 winners yourself — they'll be taking questions live today at 4:30 p.m. E.T."

Although the prizes are confidential, news organizations sometimes manage to learn of Pulitzer wins before the official announcements. The winners of the 2017 Pulitzers were to be revealed at 3 p.m. Monday.

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9:20 a.m.

The winners of the Pulitzer Prizes in journalism and the arts are set to be announced in New York City.

This is the contest's 101st year. The winners are being revealed Monday afternoon at Columbia University.

The Pulitzer Prizes will recognize the best journalism of 2016 in newspapers, magazines and websites. There are 14 categories for reporting, photography, criticism and commentary.

In the arts, prizes are awarded in seven categories, including fiction, drama and music.

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