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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


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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”:


James Trent, author of The Manliest Man: Samuel G. Howe and the Contours of Nineteenth-Century American Reformspoke recently at the Perkins School for the Blind, an institution Howe helped found. Trent described Howe's devotion to the idea that education is the means to improvement for all people no matter their place in society, a solidly liberal idea that helped define nineteenth-century American... More


Corinna Vallianatos's My Escapee , which won the Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction, was favorably reviewed in the New York Times Book Review. Reviewer Natalie Serber described it as a "taut, delicate collection" that is "full of swift insights about expectation and... More