The Salt Lake Tribune celebrated the centennial of the Pulitzer Prizes Thursday with Weller Book Works, as passionate readers pitched their favorite prize-winning novels.
The Tribune's Jennifer Napier-Pearce moderated the speed-dating style contest, and Erika George, a University of Utah law professor, won with her advocacy for "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao," by Junot Diaz, the 2008 winner.
Catherine Weller, co-owner of Weller Book Works, introduced this year's fiction winner, "The Sympathizer: A Novel," by Viet Thanh Nguyen.
An audience member who has read 31 of the novels on the Pulitzer list won an ultimate reading kit, with books, tea and a gift certificate to Weller Book Works. A centennial birthday cake created by Salt Cake City recreated a stack of prize-winning novels with a recent edition of The Salt Lake Tribune on top.