University Press Books Honored

Books published by university presses were much lauded this fall, with five National Book Award nominations, one of which went on to win in its category.

On November 18, Keith Waldrop's Transcendental Studies: A Trilogy, published by the University of California Press, was named winner of the National Book Award for Poetry for 2009.

Joining Waldrop with nominations in the Poetry category were Versed by Rae Armantrout (Wesleyan University Press) and Open Interval by Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon (University of Pittsburgh Press). In Fiction, American Salvage by Bonnie Jo Campbell, a story collection published in the Wayne State University Press "Made in Michigan Writers Series," was nominated. Adrienne Mayor's masterful combination of storytelling and scholarship in The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome's Deadliest Enemy (Princeton University Press) was nominated in the Non-Fiction category.

The announcement of the 2009 Nobel Prize Winners also highlighted the importance of scholarly publishers. Two university presses had published the work of 2009 Nobel Laureate in Literature Herta Mueller in translation: Nadirs is available from the University of Nebraska Press, and The Land of Green Plums and Traveling on One Leg from Northwestern University Press. Elinor Ostrom, winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, has had her work published by a number of AAUP presses. MIT Press recently published Catherine Brady's Elizabeth Blackburn and the Story of Telomeres: Deciphering the Ends of DNA, tracing the life and work of one of this year's Nobel Laureates in Physiology or Medicine.

AAUP congratulates these presses, along with the many other AAUP members who every day publish works honored and valued by scholars, associations, and prize committees.

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All prizes and honors received by AAUP books: