University of Massachusetts Press

Introducing Bright Leaf

Bright Leaf Books That IlluminateThe University of Massachusetts Press is delighted to announce the launch of its new imprint, Bright Leaf: Books that Illuminate. Focused on New England, these accessible, entertaining titles explore a variety of subjects, ranging from the region’s culinary traditions and flora and fauna to its distinctive landmarks and beloved pastimes. Written for a general audience, Bright Leaf offers readers the tools and inspiration to fully experience the history, culture, and diversity of New England.

By the numbers

  • 44 titles published
  • 15% of sales from e-books

Notable Awards

James E. Young’s The Stages of Memory: Reflections on Memorial Art, Loss, and the Spaces Between was honored with the National Council on Public History’s book award. Young’s book is a volume in the series Public History in Historical Perspective and was edited by Marla Miller of the UMass history department. The prize marked the fourth time that UMass has won the top honor.

William E. O’Brien’s Landscapes of Exclusion: State Parks and Jim Crow in the America South won the 2017 Award of Merit, selected by the Leadership in History Awards Committee of the American Association of State and Local History. The book was also awarded the J. B. Jackson Book Prize from the Foundation for Landscape Studies. It is a volume in the series Designing the American Park, edited by Ethan Carr of the UMass Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning.

Paul Ringel’s Commercializing Childhood: Children’s Magazines, Urban Gentility, and the Ideal of the Child Consumer in the United States, 1823–1918, was selected for an Honor Book Award from the Children’s Literature Association.

Lynn Downey’s Levi Strauss: The Man Who Gave Blue Jeans to the World garnered the Silver Award in the biography category from the Foreword Indies Awards.

Diana Burgin’s Performing Life: The Story of Ruth Posselt, American Violinist, received an award for Best Historical Research in Classical Music from the Association of Recorded Sound Collections.

Joan Frank’s All the News I Need, winner of the 2017 Juniper Prize for Fiction, received national attention with reviews in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Santa Rosa Republican, and People magazine. PBS NewsHour included Frank’s novel in a roundup of summer reading, “Seven Best Books from Indie Publishers Right Now.”