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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


Susan Muaddi Darraj's A Curious Land: Stories from Home has been shortlisted for the 2016 Palestine Book Award!

Congratulations Susan!

The award, now in its fifth year, is an annual project that honors and celebrates books in English about Palestine. 

The shortlist winners selected by the judges have truly added to the diverse selection of submissions this year, adding to... More


Sad news: Professor Jim Green has passed away.

Prof. Green was a good friend to the Press. We published his book, Taking History to Heart: The Power of the Past in Building Social Movements (2000), which Howard Zinn called "a powerful contribution not only to the world of scholarship but also, in the spirit of its theme, to the larger community."

In Taking History to... More


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


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, coedited by UMass Amherst professors Max Page and Marla Miller, shares fifty essays by scholars who ask: “... More