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In a review of Bending the Future: Fifty Ideas for the Next Fifty Years of Historic Preservation in the United States, on the National Trust for Historic Preservation Leadership Forum blog, David Brown states:

"There is more agreement among the authors than I would have expected. As... More


Please join us for a book talk at Amherst Books.

Tom Grace, author of the recently published Kent State: Death and Dissent in the Long Sixties, will talk about the shootings at Kent State University forty-six years ago.  He will be joined in discussion by Chris Appy, who is the editor of the UMass Press series Culture, Politics, and the Cold War in which Grace's book is included. Appy is author,... More



Book Launch
A presentation by James E. Young, author of The Stages of Memory: Reflections on Memorial Art, Loss, and the Spaces Betweenwill be followed by discussion and book signing.

Wednesday, November 16, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Institute of Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies
University of Massachusetts Amherst
758 North Pleasant Street... More


Vanessa Meikle Schulman, Work Sights: The Visual Culture of Industry in Nineteenth-Century America, has won the 2016 International Committee for the History for Technology (ICOHTEC) Book Prize for Young Scholars.

Congratulations Vanessa!

ICOHTEC wrote this about Work Sights:

"Schulman’s work is an insightful merging of current historiography in the social and... More


Susan Muaddi Darraj adds another award to her remarkable collection of short stories, A Curious Land: Stories from Home, with the Arab American Book Award. The book has also won the American Book Award, the Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction, and is short-listed for the Palestine Book Award.

Congratulations Susan! You can watch Susan Muaddi Darraj accept her American Book Award here around... More


Susan Muaddi Darraj is among the winners of the 2016 American Book Award for her Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction winner A Curious Land: Stories from HomeCongratulations Susan!

The American Book Awards, which are sponsored by the Before Columbus Foundation, "provide recognition for outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America's diverse literary community." The... More


Caroline Wigginton, author of In the Neighborhood: Women's Publication in Early America, shares her thoughts on Donald Trump's reaction to Ghazala Khan's public grief in Avidly, Los Angeles Review of Books. 

In this moving reflection Wigginton likens Khan's palpable public grief to that of a... More


Peter Benes talks to Carrie Healey of  NEPR about his new book ... More


"Why did they go along with it?" asks reviewer Anne Diebel who discusses all she discovered from Jeffrey Meyers's Robert Lowell in Love inThe London Review of Books.

Diebel writes:

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University of Massachusetts Press Announces the Juniper Literary Prize Series

Celebrating 40 years of the Juniper Prize

Dedicated to bringing distinct, fresh voices to a wide audience, the University of Massachusetts Press—in partnership with the University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA Program for Poets and Writers—awards yearly the Juniper Prize for Poetry and the Juniper Prize for Fiction.

The Juniper Literary Prize Series confers... More