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We ar pleased to announce that Matt Miller, author of Bounce: Rap Music and Local Identity in New Orleans, has been awarded a Certificate of Merit in the Association for Recorded Sound Collections Awards for Excellence for Historical Recorded Sound Research in Blues, R& B, Hip-Hop, or Soul Music.


Brian Halley, our acquisitions editor based at UMass Boston, spoke to Publishers Weekly (June 17, 2013) about LGBT studies and university presses. He said: "Those of us at presses in which history is a strong area have continued to seek out those books that tell hidden or potentially forgotten stories which hold crossover appeal." Particularly he noted UMass Press books: Lies About my Family, by... More


Christine Pawley, author of Reading Places: Literacy, Democracy, and the Public Library in Cold War America, has won the Eliza Atkins Gleason Book Award from the American Library Association.

Presented every third year, the award recognizes the best book written in English in the field of library history.

Of Pawley's book, the committee said: " A particular strength of Reading... More


Michelle Marchetti Coughlin, author of One Colonial Woman's World: The Life and Writings of Mehetabel Chandler Coit discusses her discovery of this earliest of Colonial women's diaries and the subsequent search for the original document on Common-place:


Dana Roeser has won the 2013 Juniper Prize for Poetry for her collection The Theme of Tonight's Party Has Been Changed.

Rod Val Moore has won the 2013 Juniper Prize for Fiction for his novel A History of Hands.

Thank you to all of the writers who participated in this year's Juniper Prize competition. Guidelines for next year's Juniper Prize for Poetry and Juniper Prize for Fiction can be found at our website: www.... More


Many of our books are now available in Kindle, Kobo, Nook, Sony, and SOON iBook editions, and more are on the way. Take a look at which books are ready now on our Facebook page. And like us while you are there. Thank you.


Denise Meringolo’s Museums, Monuments, and National Parks: Toward a New Genealogy of Public History won the National Council on Public History’s 2013 Book Award. Meringolo’s book is part of the series Public History in Historical Perspective, edited by Marla Miller.

University of Massachusetts professor and UMass Press author Miller,... More


Beth Luey , author of Expanding the American Mind , talks about why we read, what motivates our inquiry through books, on a radio show called “Library Café”: