On Monday it was announced that Jennifer Egan's book A Visit From the Goon Squad has won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. I haven't read the book yet, but now I will.
You see, I read all of the Pulitzer Prize-winners. It's something I do to keep in touch with American literary culture or something. Maybe it's just a habit. Mighty Reader reads all of the Man Booker Prize winners. Some people read all of the Hugo Award winners; some people read all the Edgar Award winners; some people read all the Nebula Award winners; some people read all the National Book Award winners; some people read all the Newberry Award winners. I could go on, but I won't.
I'm wondering what prizes mean to us, we who also write. Certainly a big prize will get a lot of attention in the press and will get buyers/readers to pick up these novels. And I think that's a good thing.
Do you read books if they've won a particular prize? Are you happy to see books/authors you like win prizes? Do prizes like this mean anything at all to you?