University of Illinois Professor Emeritus Richard Powers has been awarded a Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for his novel The Overstory. The New York Times bestseller was released last year to critical acclaim, and the announcement about the Pulitzer win came earlier today:

Just for kicks, check out this list we published back in 2009 for our local books of the decade, where Powers' The Echo Maker took the top spot.

Photos from Richard Powers' website