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Cheryl Knott has won both the Eliza Atkins Gleason Book Award and the Lillian Smith Book Award for her book Not Free, Not for All: Public Libraries in the Age of Jim Crow. Congratulations Cheryl Knott! 

In the award letter, the  Gleason Award Committee wrote: "The Gleason... More


Susan Muaddi Darraj is compared to Garcia Marquez and Louise Erdrich in this review from the Electronic Intifada

"For readers who find comparisons useful in thinking about books, two spring to mind. The first — somewhat obvious given the century-long span and focus on the interwoven tales... More


Open Discussion November 14th at Jones Library

Historic preservation often gets criticized for being aesthetically elitist, concerned with only celebratory history. But recent efforts within the preservation movement tell a different story. Bending the Future: Fifty Ideas for the Next Fifty Years of Historic Preservation in the United States, ... More


Annie Liontas, co-editor with Jeff Parker of A Manner of Being: Writers on their Mentorsshares thoughts on literary inheritance in the New York Times

She says: "I was raised to understand work as having direct and immediate impact, and the truth about writing is that it takes decades... More


"Every now and then you meet a writer whose voice is so fresh and exciting and whose work is not only moving, but important—and you can’t wait for everyone else to discover them. For me, Hasanthika Sirisena is one of those writers."--Celeste Ng, author of Everything I Never Told You

Fiction Writers Review engages Celeste Ng... More


Eric Neuenfeldt talks about his Grace Paley Prize winning collection Wild Horse, forthcoming from UMass Press, in association with the AWP, this October.

Neuenfeldt, who attended California State University, East Bay, is the founding editor of Arroyo Literary... More


Tom Grace, author of Kent State: Death and Dissent in the Long Sixties, talks about his book with the Akron Beacon Journal:

'A historian, Grace wrote 'Kent State: Death and Dissent in the Long Sixties' — a book he said he had no intention of writing. He said some... More


Listen to Doug Bradley and Craig Werner talk to New Books Network about We Gotta Get Out of this Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War.

New Book Network sets the stage for the book Rolling... More


Marla Miller, series editor for Public History in Historical Perspective and professor and director of the public history program in the history department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been elected vice president and president elect of the National Council on Public History (NCPH).

NCPH is the national professional organization for the field of public... More


Whitney Strub, co-editor of the forthcoming Porno Chic and the Sex Wars: American Sexual Representation in the 1970s comments on Utah's anti-pornography stance in Salon:

"Now, I’m an historian, not a social scientist,... More