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Jim Vrabel, author of A People's History of the New Boston, talks on WBUR about the history of busing in Boston



Dan Kennedy discusses the ideas behind his book The Wired City on TEDxLowell. Among those ideas, Kennedy notes that newspapers which share hyperlocal news help expand civic engagement, essential to a healthy democracy. 


Lorenz J. Finison talks about his new book "Boston's Cycling Craze, 1880-1900" on Broadside with Jim Braude


Sue Rainey's "Creating a World on Paper: Harry Fenn's Career in Art" is winner of the 2014 Ewell L. Newman Award of the American Historical Print Collectors Society. The award is given to recognize and encourage outstanding publications enhancing appreciation of American prints that are 100 or more years old. Congratulations Sue Rainey!


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