OVERVIEW: New Mexico Pulitzer Prizes Centennial Campfires Activities

Presented by:
New Mexico Humanities Council
Current Initiative: Centennial Campfires National Partner: The Pulitzer Prizes Local Partner: Colleges and Universities, Libraries Subject: Literacy, Varies Audience: All

The New Mexico Humanities Council partnered with six libraries across the state to engage communities with the Pulitzer Prize Centennial celebration. The libraries hosted a five month reading and discussion series focused on Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction and finalists which ran from April to December 2016. The New Mexico Humanities Council provided 20 copies of each selected work to each library. Additionally, the council partnered with the Media Arts Department at New Mexico Highlands University to create the “Pulitzer Dialogues Blog” for participants and for anyone else interested in sharing their thoughts related to the selected texts. The blog featured the selected Pulitzer works, invited discussion on the books’ themes, and incorporated participant videos that highlighted their reflections on the discussions and texts.

Prior to the launch of the reading and discussion program, the council partnered with Dr. Jesse Aleman, Professor of American Literary Studies at the University of New Mexico to develop and conduct a training workshop for program facilitators.

Book used in the series:

  • The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
  • Lovely, Dark, Deep by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever
  • The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdich


  • Albuquerque Bernalillo County South Broadway Library
  • Clovis-Carver Public Library
  • Marshall Memorial Library
  • Octavia Fellin Public Library
  • Thomas C. Donnelly Library
  • Thomas Branigan Memorial Library
  • New Mexico Highlands University/Media Arts Department
  • New Mexico State Library
  • AmeriCorps


  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Clovis, NM
  • Deming, NM
  • Gallup, NM
  • Las Vegas, NM
  • Las Cruces, NM

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