Congratulations to UC Press author Ruth Wilson Gilmore, whose book, Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California, won the American Studies Association’s 2008 Lora Romero First Book Publication Prize. The ASA awards the prize to the best first book examining race and its interactions with gender, class, sexuality, or nation. In Golden Gulag, Gilmore details California’s ballooning prison system and provides social, economic and political explanations for this disturbing trend. Another UC Press book, Daniel Hurewitz’s Bohemian Los Angeles and the Making of Modern Politics, was a finalist for the 2008 John Hope Franklin Publication Prize, for the best published book in American Studies.