2017 Kraszna-Krausz Book Award Winners

We’re delighted to announce that multiple UC Press titles have been recognized at this year’s Kraszna-Krausz Foundation Book Awards! Celebrating excellence in photography and moving image publishing, the KKF Awards are the UK’s leading prizes for books published in the fields of photography and the moving image (including film, television and new media).

This year, we’re pleased to share that Anatomy of Sound: Norman Corwin and Media Authorship, edited by Jacob Smith and Neil Verma, has been selected for the Kraszna-Krausz Best Moving Image Book award for 2017.

“At long last, the most important radio auteur of the twentieth century (and a gifted screenwriter to boot) has received the attention he deserves. This book is not only an indispensable guide to Norman Corwin’s work but also a foundational study of the aesthetics and politics of radio and screen.” —James Naremore, author of An Invention without a Future: Essays on Cinema

       
 

Other UC Press finalists include:

These titles, along with the other Moving Image award finalists, will be among the books exhibited at the Somerset House during the Photo London Exhibition this month.

Many congratulations to our authors, and to all other authors recognized at this year’s awards!

See the selection of UC Press titles that were recognized last year.


Celebrating the City: Photos from the MAS NYC Awards Ceremony

What a night! On Monday evening, the Municipal Art Society of New York honored Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas and editors Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro with the Brendan Gill Prize. Praising the contributions of all who worked on the book, the jury recognized the project’s rich and varied social histories, stating, “By inviting a diverse host of collaborators to contribute to this beautifully plural portrait of our urban archipelago, the book resonates the resiliency of the myriad of communities that contribute to our city’s dynamism.”

The editors were presented with the award at the Celebrating the City ceremony, with Rebecca appearing by video from her San Francisco home, and Joshua on site to accept the award in his home city. Check out the photos from the event below! (Photos by: Vlad Weinstein)

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Worldly Affiliations Wins the 2017 Bernard S. Cohn Book Prize

We are delighted to announce that Sonal Khullar was awarded the Bernard S. Cohn Book Prize for her book, Worldly Affiliations: Artistic Practice, National Identity, and Modernism in India, 1930-1990 on behalf of the Association for Asian Studies’ South Asia Council.

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The Bernard S. Cohn Book Prize each year honors outstanding and innovative scholarship across discipline and country of specialization for a first single-authored monograph on South Asia, published during the preceding year.

Published by the press in 2015, Worldly Affiliations: Artistic Practice, National Identity, and Modernism in India, 1930-1990 has received considerable praise from reviewers, and we’re proud that Sonal’s work has earned this significant recognition.

“Beautifully written, compellingly argued, Khullar’s book not only offers a major contribution to the study of Indian modernism, it also advances our methodological understanding of modern art at large. A vital addition to an exciting body of emerging art-historical scholarship that promises to fundamentally transform received ideas on modernism in the coming years.”—Iftikhar Dadi, Cornell University

“Provocatively argued, this book is a must-read for art students, critics, and all those who are interested in modern Indian art, as well as all concerned with global modernism.”—Partha Mitter, University of Sussex


Judaisms: Finalist in the 2016 National Jewish Book Awards

Aaron J. Hahn Tapper’s book, Judaisms: A Twenty-First-Century Introduction to Jews and Jewish Identities, was selected by the Jewish Book Council as a finalist for the Dorothy Kripke Award for Education and Jewish Identity as part of the 2016 Jewish Book Awards.

The Jewish Book Council, dating back to 1925, is one of the oldest organizations providing continual service to the American Jewish community. Additionally, the National Jewish Book Awards, which began in 1950, is the longest running awards program of its kind in the field of Jewish literature and is recognized as the most prestigious, giving recognition to outstanding books.

In their review of Judaisms, the Jewish Book Council had this to say:

Judaisms: A Twenty-First-Century Introduction to Jews and Jewish Identities by Aaron J. Hahn Tapper is a lively and comprehensive college textbook on the Jewish experience in the United States and Israel. . . . a visually attractive book that will appeal to Jew and non-Jew alike. It is filled with fascinating information and can be used as a reference book or read in its entirety.

Read the full review here, and learn more about the awards and the full results here. Many congratulations to Aaron and the rest of this year’s NJBA finalists and winners!


Award Winning UC Press Authors at the American Anthropological Association

UC Press is proud to be part of the AAUP’s fifth annual University Press Week. Check out our blog and social media channels through Nov. 19th (plus follow hashtags #ReadUp #UPWeek), and learn how we, along with 40 of our scholarly press colleagues, work diligently to publish vital works benefitting educational, specialized research, and general interest communities.

As the 2016 American Anthropological Association meeting begins, we’re pleased to congratulate four of our authors for the following illustrious award wins! These will be given in person at the annual meeting this week.

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Jason DeLeon, author of The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail is the recipient of the 2016 Margaret Mead Award. Here is what committee members had to say about his book:

This is an incredibly innovative book.  It combines data and analysis from three sub-fields—archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology.  There is also innovative ethnography.  The theory is new—starting with INS change of policy in order to use the environment as a deterrent and going on to the notion of the hybrid collective. It covers a whole new range of insights in the border between the US and Mexico and undocumented immigrants—a very important issue at this time.

The book includes a fictionalized account of the migrant trail, through which we are introduced to the “everyday terror of the desert”; extended transcripts of conversations with De León’s primary informants and friends; De León’s interspersed scholarship across anthropological fields that contextualizes narratives and conversations; vivid ethnography; the stark photographs by Mike Wells and the author; and the strong discussions on ethics (ethnographic and political), structural violence, inequality and racism. The book is gripping to read, and devastating and haunting.

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Seth Holmes, author of Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States, is the winner of the 2016 Robert B. Textor and Family Prize for Excellence in Anticipatory Anthropology. Seth’s work was described as “a trenchant ethnography that offers new possibilities for an engaged, empathic anthropology.”

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Angela Steusse, author of Scratching Out a Living: Latinos, Race, and Work in the Deep South, is the winner of the 2016 Society for the Anthropology of Work Book Prize. 

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Augustin Fuentes, author of Race, Monogamy, and Other Lies They Told You: Busting Myths about Human Nature, is the winner of the 2016 W. W. Howells Book Award in Biological Anthropology. 

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Roberto G. Gonzales, author of Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America, is the winner of the 2016 Latina and Latino Anthropologists Book Award.

Many congratulations, once again, to our authors: we’re proud to have published with them!


Appealing to Justice wins the 2016 Sutherland Book Award

We’re pleased to announce that Kitty Calavita and Valerie Jenness have won the 2016 Sutherland Book Award for the Society for the Study of Social Problem’s Law and Society Division for their book, Appealing to Justice: Prisoner Grievances, Rights, and Carceral Logic.

The Sutherland Book Award recognizes the best book in the category of law and society scholarship over the last two years; according to the division’s mission statement, the Law and Society division of the SSSP “focuses on the role of law as both a barrier to and a tool for change toward a more just, democratic and humane world”.

The authors will be officially honored with the award and presented with a plaque at the SSSP’s annual meeting in Seattle, Washington later this year.

Many congratulations to our authors– we are honored to have published with them!


Creating a Common Polity wins the SCS 2015 Goodwin Award

UC Press is pleased to share the Society for Classical Studies (SCS) announcement that Emily Mackil’s book, Creating a Common Polity: Religion, Economy, and Politics in the Making of the Greek Koinon, will receive the 2015 Goodwin Award—the group’s top prize.

The SCS, in the official announcement, recognizes the work as “a model of what scholarship in ancient history should ideally be: technically impeccable, theoretically bold and imaginative, rigorously argued, and—not least—a pleasure for both experts and novices to read.”

     
 

Additionally, we are extremely proud of the continued recognition of the books in our program with Susanna Elm’s Sons of Hellenism, Fathers of the Church: Emperor Julian, Gregory of Nazianzus, and the Vision of Rome and Tim Whitmarsh’s Beyond a Second Sophistic: Adventures in Greek Postclassicism winning in 2013 and 2014, respectively.

Many congratulations to our authors and their winning titles! Remember to visit us at Booth 108 at the Society for Classical Studies annual meeting to view copies of these books and more.


Honoring 3 Award-Winning Titles on Agriculture, Labor and Justice from UC Press

UC Press is home to one of the oldest and most prestigious lists in Food Studies, an interdisciplinary field that brings together scholars from diverse backgrounds to examine the role and impact of food consumption and production. Many of our authors, like Marion Nestle and Janet Poppendieck, highlight and challenge the food industry’s negative impact on health and the environment.

Today, the conversation about what constitutes “just food” has moved beyond talking solely about eating organic and local. Building on Julie Guthman’s seminal work Agrarian Dreams: The Paradox of Organic Farming in Californiaa new generation of scholars is turning its attention to labor justice in the agricultural sector. Three new UC Press books from Sarah Besky, Margaret Gray, and Seth Holmes take on the issue of agricultural labor and all have received major society awards in recognition for their important work.

Sarah Besky’s The Darjeeling Distinction: Labor and Justice on Fair-Trade Tea Plantations in India is the first book to explore how fair trade operates on large plantations. The global demand for fair trade and organic tea is increasing, yet workers on plantations experience justice in uneven and contradictory ways. For her rigorous ethnography, Besky will be awarded the Society for Economic Anthropology Book Prize at the annual American Anthropological Association meeting.

Margaret Gray, author of Labor and the Locavore: Building a Comprehensive Food Ethic offers a revealing look at labor practices in Hudson Valley, New York. Despite Hudson Valley’s reputation as the bucolic landscape from which much of New York City’s local food is grown, it’s a region rife with labor conflict and abuse. The author challenges us to bring labor justice into the food justice movement. Labor and the Locavore won the annual Association for the Study of Food and Society 2014 Book Prize. It was also named co-winner of the Best Book Award from Labor Project from the American Political Science Association.

In his gripping book Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States, anthropologist Seth Holmes exposes the violence experienced by migrant laborers today. Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies was honored with the Association for Humanist Sociology Book Award, the New Millennium Book Award from the Society for Medical Anthropology, and the Anthropology of Work Book Award from the Society for the Anthropology of Work, among other awards.

Congratulations Sarah Besky, Margaret Gray, and Seth Holmes!

 


2012 Was a Banner Year for UC Press Books

As the year comes to a close, allow us to brag a little bit on behalf of our authors, who absolutely knocked it out of the park this year when it came to awards. These 65 brilliant works won or were finalists for some 2012’s most prestigious prizes in publishing and academia. Congratulations to all, and we’ll see you next year!

The Hall of Fame Award, Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
The Cookbook Library: Four Centuries of the Cooks, Writers, and Recipes That Made the Modern Cookbook
Anne Willan

Best U.S. Chinese Cuisine Book, Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
The Hakka Cookbook: Chinese Soul Food from around the World
Linda Lau Anusasananan

Best Non-Fiction Book, Los Angeles Public Library
Blue Sky Metropolis: The Aerospace Century in Southern California
Edited by Peter J. Westwick

Leonard Bloomfield Book Award, The Linguistic Society of America
California Indian Languages
Victor Golla

Kovács Book and Essay Awards, Society for Cinema and Media Studies
Cinema and Experience: Siegfried Kracauer, Walter Benjamin, and Theodor W. Adorno
Miriam Bratu Hansen

Jensen-Miller Prize, Western History Association
Go West, Young Women! The Rise of Early Hollywood
Hilary Hallett

Dwight L. Smith (ABC-CLIO) Award, Western History Association
Pablo Tac, Indigenous Scholar: Writing on Luiseño Language and Colonial History, c.1840
Lisbeth Haas

Elliot P. Skinner Book Award, Association for Africanist Anthropology
Darkness before Daybreak: African Migrants Living on the Margins in Southern Italy Today
Hans Lucht

ALLA Book Prize, Association for Latina and Latino Anthropology
Performing Piety: Making Space Sacred with the Virgin of Guadalupe
Elaine A. Peña

The Gregory Bateson Book Prize, Society for Cultural Anthropology
Humanitarian Reason: A Moral History of the Present
Didier Fassin

ARSC Awards for Excellence, Association for Recorded Sound Collections
Clark: The Autobiography of Clark Terry
Clark Terry

ARSC Awards for Excellence, Association for Recorded Sound Collections
Norman Granz: The Man Who Used Jazz for Justice
Tad Hershorn

Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing, The Society for Humanistic Anthropology
The Pastoral Clinic: Addiction and Dispossession along the Rio Grande
Angela Garcia

Rachel Carson Prize, Society of Social Studies of Science
Alien Ocean: Anthropological Voyages in Microbial Seas
Stefan Helmreich

Arthur J. Viseltear Prize, American Public Health Association
Dangerous Pregnancies: Mothers, Disabilities, and Abortion in Modern America
Leslie J. Reagan

Gradiva Awards, National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis
Transforming Terror: Remembering the Soul of the World
Edited by Karin Lofthus Carrington and Susan Griffin

TWS Wildlife Publication Award, The Wildlife Society
Population Demography of Northern Spotted Owls
Eric D. Forsman et al.

TWS Wildlife Publication Award, The Wildlife Society
Greater Sage-Grouse: Ecology and Conservation of a Landscape Species and Its Habitats
Edited by Steven T. Knick and John W. Connelly

Joan Kelly Memorial Prize, American Historical Association
The Gender of Memory: Rural Women and China’s Collective Past
Gail Hershatter

Eileen Basker Memorial Prize, Society for Medical Anthropology
Dangerous Pregnancies: Mothers, Disabilities, and Abortion in Modern America
Leslie J. Reagan

World Food Prize, World Food Prize Foundation
Out of the Earth: Civilization and the Life of the Soil
Daniel Hillel

Chicago Folklore Prize, The American Folklore Society
Beyond the Borderlands: Migration and Belonging in the United States and Mexico
Debra Lattanzi Shutika

ASCAP Deems Taylor Award, American Society of Composers, Authors, & Publishers
Clark: The Autobiography of Clark Terry
Clark Terry

Award for Excellence in General Historical Research on Recorded Sound, Association for Recorded Sound Collections
Spoken Word: Postwar American Phonograph Cultures
Jacob Smith

Dwight L. Smith (ABC-CLIO) Award, Western History Association
Pablo Tac, Indigenous Scholar: Writing on Luiseño Language and Colonial History, c.1840
Lisbeth Haas

Stirling Prize for Best Published Work in Psychological Anthropology, Society for Psychological Anthropology
The Paradox of Hope: Journeys through a Clinical Borderland
Cheryl Mattingly

Awards for Excellence, American Academy of Religion
Foreigners and Their Food: Constructing Otherness in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Law
David M. Freidenreich

Awards for Excellence, American Academy of Religion
Spirits of Protestantism: Medicine, Healing, and Liberal Christianity
Pamela E. Klassen

Best Publication on the Body and Embodiment, ASA Section on Body and Embodiment
Sex Cells: The Medical Market for Eggs and Sperm
Rene Almeling

W.K. Hancock Prize, Australian Historical Association
Arab France: Islam and the Making of Modern Europe, 1798-1831
Ian Coller

One of the Ten Most Influential Books in Native American and Indigenous Studies in the First Decade of the Twenty-first Century, Native American and Indigenous Studies Association
Ties That Bind: The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom
Tiya Miles

William E. Douglass Prize in Europeanist Anthropology, Society for the Anthropology of Europe
Casualties of Care: Immigration and the Politics of Humanitarianism in France
Miriam Ticktin

Norris and Carol Hundley Award, Pacific Coast Branch American Historical Association
Stranger Intimacy: Contesting Race, Sexuality and the Law in the North American West
Nayan Shah

Diana Forsythe Prize, American Anthropological Association
Sex Cells: The Medical Market for Eggs and Sperm
Rene Almeling

Finalist for the Louis Roederer International Wine Book of the Year, Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards
Dying on the Vine: How Phylloxera Transformed Wine
George Gale

Asia and Asian American Section, American Sociological Association
The Managed Hand: Race, Gender, and the Body in Beauty Service Work
Miliann Kang

Book of the Year, Jazz Journalism Association
Norman Granz: The Man Who Used Jazz for Justice
Tad Hershorn

Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism, Jazz Journalists Association
Digging: The Afro-American Soul of American Classical Music
Amiri Baraka

Oscar Kenshur Book Prize, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Venice Incognito: Masks in the Serene Republic
James H. Johnson

International Migration Section Thomas and Znaniecki Book Award, American Sociological Association
Balancing Acts: Youth Culture in the Global City
Natasha K. Warikoo

International Latino Book Awards, Latino Literacy Now
Becoming Dr. Q: My Journey from Migrant Farm Worker to Brain Surgeon
Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, MD

ASFS Book Award, The Association for the Study of Food and Society
Weighing In: Obesity, Food Justice, and the Limits of Capitalism
Julie Guthman

Donald Q. Innis Award for Research Excellence, Rural Geography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers
Agrarian Dreams: The Paradox of Organic Farming in California
Julie Guthman

California Book Awards, Commonwealth Club of California
Chuckwalla Land: The Riddle of California’s Desert
David Rains Wallace

Communication Policy Research Award, McGannon Center Research Awards
The Googlization of Everything: (And Why We Should Worry)
Siva Vaidhyanathan

Finalist for the C. Wright Mills Award, Society for the Study of Social Problems
Invisible Families: Gay Identities, Relationships, and Motherhood among Black Women
Mignon R. Moore

Finalist for the C. Wright Mills Award, Society for the Study of Social Problems
Weighing In: Obesity, Food Justice, and the Limits of Capitalism
Julie Guthman

Community Mobilization Award, Center for Disease Control
Instant Recess: Building a Fit Nation 10 Minutes at a Time
Toni Yancey, MD, MPH

Gold Medal in the category of Californiana, 81st California Book Awards presented by the Commonwealth Club of California
Chuckwalla Land: The Riddle of California’s Desert
David Rains Wallace

NCIBA Poetry Book of the Year Award, The Northern California Independent Booksellers Association
Of Indigo and Saffron: New and Selected Poems
Michael McClure

NCIBA Regional Title of the Year Award, The Northern California Independent Booksellers Association
The Left Coast: California on the Edge
Philip L. Fradkin and Alex L. Fradkin

Distinguished Scholarship Award, Pacific Sociological Association
Enduring Violence: Ladina Women’s Lives in Guatemala
Cecilia Menjívar

J.B. Jackson Prize, Foundation for Landscape Studies
Monument Wars: Washington, D.C., the National Mall, and the Transformation of the Memorial Landscape
Kirk Savage

Mirra Komarovsky Book Award, Eastern Sociological Society
Enduring Violence: Ladina Women’s Lives in Guatemala
Cecilia Menjívar

James M. Blaut Innovative Publication Award, The Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers
Weighing In: Obesity, Food Justice, and the Limits of Capitalism
Julie Guthman

Daniel Giraud Elliot Medal, National Academy of Sciences
Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree: Ecology and Adaptive Radiation of Anoles
Jonathan B. Losos

Finalist in History for the IACP Cookbook Awards, International Association of Culinary Professionals
Dying on the Vine: How Phylloxera Transformed Wine
George Gale

Shortlisted for the André Simon Book Award
The Finest Wines of Rioja and Northwest Spain: A Regional Guide to the Best Producers and Their Wines
Jesús Barquín, Luis Gutierrez, and Victor de la Serna

Shortlisted for the André Simon Book Award
Authentic Wine: Toward Natural and Sustainable Winemaking
Jamie Goode, and Sam Harrop, MW

J.B. Jackson Prize, 2012, Foundation for Landscape Studies
Monument Wars: Washington, D.C., the National Mall, and the Transformation of the Memorial Landscape
Kirk Savage

PROSE AWARD, Association of American Publishers, Inc.
Encyclopedia of Biological Invasions
Edited by Daniel Simberloff and Marcel Rejmánek

Bernard S. Cohn Book Prize, Association of Asian Studies
The Social Space of Language: Vernacular Culture in British Colonial Punjab
Farina Mir

Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award Honor Books, Stonewall Book Awards 2012, American Library Association
Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories
Wanda M. Corn and Tirza True Latimer

Best First Book Award, Society for Cinema and Media Studies
Music Makes Me: Fred Astaire and Jazz
Todd Decker

Best Book 2009 – 2011, The Society for Economic Anthropology
Life Histories of the Dobe !Kung: Food, Fatness, and Well-being over the Life-span
Nancy Howell


From our Journals Division: Boom Named One of Library Journal’s Best Magazines of 2011

Congratulations are certainly in order for our Journals Division as they celebrate having Boom: A Journal of California named one of the Best Magazines of 2011 by none other than Library Journal.

To quote directly from the article announcing the win: “One in eight Americans lives in California, a state with an economy larger than Canada’s. Boom presents an engaging and visually attractive forum for scholars and artists to describe some of California’s remarkable stories. It brings history and social sciences to life with readable scholarship that will not only please scholars and entertain general readers but also interest patrons well beyond California’s borders.”

We’ve made it pretty easy for you to see what so impressed Library Journal through Boom’s companion site, BoomCalifornia. There you can find blog entries from Boom‘s contributors, a calendar of community events throughout California, photo galleries curated by the journal, and more. It’s also a great place to learn more about new and forthcoming California titles published by our books division.

Congratulations again to the entire Boom team!