The winning line-up of this year's Pulitzer Prizes for literature was a far more diverse group than in years past. Two African American women were winners: Playwright Lynn Nottage won for Ruined, a searing play about rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Annette Gordon-Reed won the award for non-fiction with, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, which traces the family of Sally Hemings and their lives at Thomas Jefferson's estate. To discuss these winners and their works, The Takeaway is joined by Patrik Henry Bass, a Takeaway contributor and literary editor at Essence Magazine.

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