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Michelle Marchetti Coughlin's One Colonial Woman's World: The Life and Writings of Mehetabel Chandler Coit won honorable mention for Western Association of Women Historians 2014 Penny Kanner Prize, which recognizes books that use a particular set of primary sources, such as a diary.


Sean Bernard is winner of the 2014 Juniper Prize for Fiction. His collection of short stories, Desert, Sonorous, will be published by UMass Press in 2015. Bernard’s debut novel, Studies in the Hereafter, is forthcoming from Red Hen Press. His chapbook novella, Nuclear, was published by CutBank Books in 2013. Bernard’s stories have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous literary magazines, including Santa Monica Review, Glimmer Train... More


David Kutz-Marks is winner of the 2014 Juniper Prize for Poetry. His collection of poems, Violin Playing Herself in a Mirror, will be published by UMass Press in 2015. Kutz-Marks earned an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University in 2009 and a BA in English language and literature from the University of Chicago in 2006. He was recently the featured poet for Verse Daily and The Paris-American, and his poems appear or are forthcoming in ... More


Community by Design: The Olmsted Firm and the Development of Brookline, Massachusetts, written by Keith N. Morgan, Elizabeth Hope Cushing, and Roger G. Reed, has won the 2014 Ruth Emery Award from the Victorian Society in America. Congratulations to the authors and to our publishing associate Library of American Landscape History.


Peter Benes's Meetinghouses of Early New England is the winner of the 2014 Vernacular Architecture Forum's Abbott Lowell Cummings Prize. The Abbott Lowell Cummings Prize, named after the founding president of the VAF, is awarded annually to the publication that has made the most significant contribution to the study of vernacular architecture and... More


Francis R. Kowsky, The Best Planned City in the World: Olmsted, Vaux, and the Buffalo Park System won the Foundation for Landscape Studies J. B. Jackson Book Prize! Congratulations to Francis Kowsky and to our publishing affiliates the... More


University of Massachusetts Press is celebrating 2014 by offering all of our books at a 30% discount through February. Please use promo code S545 when ordering directly through UMass Press to receive a New Year Special Discount of 30%.



Spin Magazine chose Writing the Record: The Village Voice and the Birth of Rock Criticism by Devon Powers as one of the top books about rock this year. Congratulations to Devon Powers!


We mourn Nelson Mandela’s passing. We honor his memory with a book from our shelves which preserves history in the making: "Reflections in Prison."

In 1976, while imprisoned on Robben Island, Nelson Mandela secretly wrote the bulk of his ...autobiography, "Long Walk to Freedom." The manuscript was to be smuggled out by fellow prisoner Mac Maharaj on his release later that year. Maharaj also urged Mandela and other prominent political prisoners to write essays on South Africa's... More