“The Shallows” is Pulitzer Finalist

The 2011 Pulitzer Prizes were announced today, and I’m thrilled to report that my book The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains was named a finalist in the General Nonfiction category. The prize winner in the category was Siddhartha Mukherjee’s The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer. The other finalist was S. C. Gwynne’s Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History.


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15 Responses to “The Shallows” is Pulitzer Finalist

  1. Wow, congrats Nicolas! That is a wonderful honor.

  2. Congrats, Nick! That’s very cool.

    You should celebrate by playing video games until you feel smarter, or until you drop dead, whichever comes first.

  3. Congratulations – it is heartening to know that they recognize quality when they see it.

  4. Rob Williams

    Hello from Vermont, Nick.

    I think THE SHALLOWS is the most significant book I’ve read on media and learning in years.

    I am hoping to teach your book with my college students this fall – when is it out in paperback?

  5. Well done, been reading your blog for a couple of years now and I have to say it is intelligent and thought provoking.

    To be named as a finalist for a Pulitzer must make you proud, enjoy the moment.

  6. Congrats. It is one of the best non-fiction books to come out this year, in a year that had a lot of great titles coming out. I hope that the honor will inspire you to put out another amazing book soon :)


  7. Thanks, all. Rob: the paperback should be out in June. Nick

  8. Hey, congratulations, though because I only read the first half of the first sentence, I’m not wholly sure what for.

  9. John Schoettler

    Congrats!! An awesome book that needs to be read.

  10. I’ve been working through your book for a little while and really enjoy it thus far. Congratulations!

  11. Tom Lord

    That explains the swell hat.

  12. Ssanto

    In my opinion you should have won, but it is a great honor to be nominated. I am currently using your book for a graduate level distance course on technology and society.

  13. Holy sweet mother of Batman,

    You were up agin’ a dude named after The Boohoopie who’s the Sultan of Sick, an international moon-calf AND hopped-up hijinks injins, GAD!

    That’s a bad-arse bunch.

    I was nominated, should’ve won –

    politics, and all,

    for a

    Pulling It Prize.

    Congrats &

    Stay on groovin’ safari,


  14. Congratulations. I have just finished reading the book and, although I was a skeptic beforehand, I found it extremely interesting and comprehensible (my knowledge of science is limited), and will definitely think more about the way I use a computer from now on. After having read a few books on the subject, from a more literary point of view (David Shields and Frank Rose), I’m still convinced that Internet can be harvested for positive rewards, it’s up to us to figure out how and also to educate users the way you have.

    I work in an anglo-american bookshop in Paris, France, and will push your book as much as possible. Do you know if there are any plans for a French translation/publiscation some time soon?

  15. Marc,

    Thanks very much. The French edition, published by Robert Laffont, will be out in October.