Award Winning Books


2017

Best Translated Book Award, Finalist

Doomi Golo—The Hidden Notebooks by Boubacar Boris Diop

2016

CHOICE Magazine Outstanding Academic Title

The Barren Sacrifice: An Essay on Political Violence by Paul Dumouchel

Foreword Reviews' INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award 2015, Gold (Adult Nonfiction)

Walking Distance: Pilgrimage, Parenthood, Grief, and Home Repairs by David Hlavsa

Historical Society of Michigan State History Award

Twelve Twenty-Five: The Life and Times of a Steam Locomotive by Kevin P. Keefe

Lamdba Literary Awards, Finalist-Lesbian Memoir/Biography

A Two-Spirit Journey: The Autobiography of a Lesbian Ojibwa-Cree Elder by Ma-Nee Chacaby

National Communication Association Roderick P. Hart Outstanding Book Award

Bringing Conservation to Cities: Lessons from Building the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge by John H. Hartig

Publishing Triangle Awards, Finalist-Trans and Gender-Variant Literature

A Two-Spirit Journey: The Autobiography of a Lesbian Ojibwa-Cree Elder by Ma-Nee Chacaby

2015

ALA Oberly Award for Bibliography in the Agricultural or Natural Sciences

Turfgrass History and Literature: Lawns, Sports, and Golf by James B Beard, Harriet J. Beard and James C Beard

Bruce E. Gronbeck Political Communication Research Award

Creating Conservatism: Postwar Words that Made an American Movement by Michael J. Lee

IPPY/Independent Publisher Book Award, Silver Medal for Regional Fiction

Eight Mile High by Jim Ray Daniels

Independent Publisher Living Now Book Awards, Bronze Award (Green Living)

Bringing Conservation to Cities: Lessons from Building the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge by John H. Hartig

International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Book Award, Culinary History, Finalist

Food in the Civil War Era: The North Edited by Helen Zoe Veit

Latino Caucus of the American Political Science Association (APSA) Latino Politics Best Book Prize, 2014

Transforming Citizenship: Democracy, Membership, and Belonging in Latino Communities by Raymond A. Rocco

Michigan Notable Book Award

Eight Mile High by Jim Ray Daniels

National Communication Association Diamond Anniversary Book Award

Creating Conservatism: Postwar Words that Made an American Movement by Michael J. Lee

National Communication Association Winans-Wichelns Award

Creating Conservatism: Postwar Words that Made an American Movement by Michael J. Lee

Sarton Women's Memoir Award, Finalist

Short Leash: A Memoir of Dog Walking and Deliverance by Janice Gary

Western Literature Association Distinguished Achievement Award

Seeing Red—Hollywood's Pixeled Skins: American Indians and Film Edited by LeAnne Howe, Harvey Markowitz and Denise K. Cummings

2014

ALA Best of the Best of the University Presses Award

Bleeder: A Memoir by Shelby Smoak

American Association for State and Local History Award of Merit

Beyond Pontiac's Shadow: Michilimackinac and the Anglo-Indian War of 1763 by Keith R. Widder

Bruce E. Gronbeck Political Communication Research Award

Confessions of a Presidential Speechwriter by Craig R. Smith

Florida Authors & Publishers Association President's Award

Let Burn by Rachel K. Wentz

ForeWord Reviews IndieFab Book of the Year Award, Bronze Medal, Poetry

In the Kingdom of the Ditch by Todd Davis

ForeWord Reviews IndieFab Book of the Year Award, Gold Medal, Autobiography & Memoir

Bleeder: A Memoir by Shelby Smoak

Gourmand International Award, Best Series Cookbook published in the United States

Food in the Civil War Era: The North Edited by Helen Zoe Veit

2013

ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards – Silver medal for Non-fiction/sports

Fast Break to Line Break: Poets on the Art of Basketball Edited by Todd Davis

IPPY/Independent Publisher Book Awards, Gold Medal for Autobiography/Memoir

Bleeder: A Memoir by Shelby Smoak

IPPY/Independent Publisher Book Awards, Silver Medal for Multicultural Adult Non-fiction

Room 306: The National Story of the Lorraine Motel by Ben Kamin

2012

American Folklore Society, Köngäs-Maranda Prize

Finnish American Rag Rugs: Art, Tradition & Ethnic Continuity by Yvonne R. Lockwood

Historical Society of Michigan State History Award

Civic Empowerment in an Age of Corporate Greed by Edward C. Lorenz

Next Generation Indie Book Award for Memoir

Joining Africa: From Anthills to Asmara by Charles Cantalupo

Oklahoma Writers’ Federation Award

Document of Expectations by Devon Abbott Mihesuah

2011

ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award, Bronze Medal for Regional Books

Everyday Klansfolk: White Protestant Life and the KKK in 1920s Michigan by Craig Fox

Historical Society of Michigan State History Award

Everyday Klansfolk: White Protestant Life and the KKK in 1920s Michigan by Craig Fox

IPPY/Independent Publisher Book Awards, Gold Medal for Biography

Wounded Warrior: The Rise and Fall of Michigan Governor John Swainson by Lawrence M. Glazer

IPPY/Independent Publisher Book Awards, Silver Medal for Multicultural Adult Non-fiction

The Sweetness of Freedom: Stories of Immigrants by Martha Aladjem Bloomfield and Stephen Garr Ostrander

Midwest Book Award

Beso the Donkey by Richard Jarrette

New York Book Festival Award

Fortune Teller Miracle Fish by Cathryn Hankla

2010

Phycological Society of America Gerald Prescott Award

A Color Atlas of Photosynthetic Euglenoids by Richard E. Triemer and Ionel Ciugulea

2009

Minnesota Book Award for Poetry

National Monuments by Heid E. Erdrich

2008

Historical Society of Michigan State History Award

Mapping in Michigan & the Great Lakes Region Edited by David I. Macleod

IPPY/Independent Publisher Book Award, Gold Medal for Regional Fiction

Mr. Pleasant by Jim Ray Daniels


Significant prizes from previous years include:

AAUP Book, Jacket, and Cover Design Awards

Beso the Donkey by Richard Jarrette
The Poisoning of Michigan by Joyce Egginton
Cold, Clear, and Deadly by Melvin J. Visser

American Book Award

The Light People by Gordon Henry

Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Book Awards

La Nouvelle France by Peter N. Moogk
This is the World by W. S. Penn
Not Even A Sparrow Falls by Daniel A. Dombrowski
American Artifacts, edited by Jules David Prown and Kenneth Haltman
To Be the Main Leaders of Our People by Rebecca Kugel

ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards

Mapping in Michigan and the Great Lakes Region by David I. MacLeod —Gold Medal for Regional Books
The Muskegon by Jeff Alexander —Silver Medal for Environment
Collected Short Stories of Harriette Simpson Arnow, Edited by Sandra L. Ballard —Gold Medal for Short Stories
Still Pitching by Michael Steinberg —Gold Medal for Memoir/Autobiography
Detroit Tales by Jim Ray Daniels —Bronze Medal for Fiction
Public Gardens of Michigan by Miriam Easton Rutz —Silver Medal for Home and Garden
Trying to Catch the Horses by Dan Gerber Gold Medal
Manchurian Legacy by Kazuko Kuramoto Bronze Medal

Historical Society of Michigan State History Awards

The Muskegon by Jeff Alexander
On the Brink by Dave Dempsey
Fish For All by Michael J. Chiarappa, and Kristin M. Szylvian
Michigan Agricultural College by Keith R. Widder

IPPY/ Independent Publisher Book Awards

Between the Flowers by Harriette Simpson Arnow for General Fiction

Kohrs-Campbell Prize in Rhetorical Criticism

Mark Twain Award for Distinguished Contributions to Midwestern Literature

Death at Camp Pahoka by F. Richard Thomas
A Second Life by Dan Gerber

Michigan Notable Book Awards

Fresh Water by Alison Swan
Michigan Agricultural College by Keith R. Widder
On the Brink by Dave Dempsey
Remember the Distance that Divides Us by Marcia J. Heringa Mason

National Communications Association Communication Ethics Edited Volume Award

Public Address and Moral Judgment Edited by Shawn Parry-Giles and Trevor Parry-Giles

National Communication Association Diamond Anniversary Book Award

The Character of Justice by Trevor Parry-Giles
The Lyceum and Public Culture in the Nineteenth-Century United States by Angela G. Ray
Angelina Grimké by Stephen H. Browne

National Communication Association Marie Hochmuth Nichols Award

Invoking the Invisible Hand by Robert Asen
The Character of Justice by Trevor Parry-Giles
The Lyceum and Public Culture in the Nineteenth-Century United States by Angela G. Ray
Eisenhower’s War of Words by Martin J. Medhurst

National Communication Association Winans-Wichelns Award

Invoking the Invisible Hand by Robert Asen
The Lyceum and Public Culture in the Nineteenth-Century United States by Angela G. Ray
The Reconstruction Desegregation Debate by Kirt H. Wilson
Strategic Deception by Gordon R. Mitchell

Pushcart Prizes

“Physics and Grief” essay by Patricia Clark
“D/Altered” essay from Home Stand by James McKean

Rhetoric Society of America Outstanding Book of the Year Award

With Faith in the Works of Words by Erik Doxtader
The Lyceum and Public Culture in the Nineteenth-Century United States by Angela G. Ray

Award Winning Authors:

2016 Kjell Meling Award for Distinction in the Arts and Humanities

Todd Davis, author of numerous full-length collections of poetry including “Winterkill,” “In the Kingdom of the Ditch,” “The Least of These,” and “Some Heaven,” He also edited the nonfiction collection, “Fast Break to Line Break: Poets on the Art of Basketball.”

2015 MSU College of Social Science Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Award

Carl S. Taylor, professor in the Department of Sociology, Senior Fellow in University Outreach, and Engagement and MSU Extension Specialist at Michigan State University. Author of Dangerous Society (MSU Press).

2014 APSA Best Book in Latino Politics: Latino Caucus, American Political Science Association

Ray Rocco, for Transforming Citizenship: Democracy, Membership, and Belonging in Latino Communities

American Association for State and Local History Award of Merit

Keith R. Widder, for Beyond Pontiac’s Shadow: Michilimackinac and the Anglo-Indian War of 1763

The Helen and William Milliken Distinguished Service Award

Dave Dempsey, author of On the Brinkand co-author of The Waters of Michigan, Ink Trails, and The Great Lake Sturgeon

American Association for State and Local History Award of Merit

Philip P. Mason, for Notes on the Iroquois

Historical Society of Michigan Award of Merit

Dave Dempsey, author of On the Brinkand co-author of The Waters of Michigan, Ink Trails, and The Great Lake Sturgeon

Historical Society of Michigan Lifetime Achievement Award

Philip P. Mason, author of After Tippecanoe and Editor of Schoolcraft’s Expedition to Lake Itasca, and Notes on the Iroquois

Hometown Health Hero Award by the Michigan Department of Community Health

Melvin J. Visser author of Cold, Clear, and Deadly

Michigan Author Award

Dave Dempsey, author of On the Brink and co-author of The Waters of Michigan, Ink Trails, and The Great Lake Sturgeon

Modern Language Association Lifetime Achievement Award

René Girard, author of Battling to the End: Conversations with Benoit ChantreSacrificeResurrection from the Underground: Feodor Dostoevsky, and  Anorexia and Mimetic Desire.