Brian D. McInnes Wins American Book Award for “Sounding Thunder: The Stories of Francis Pegahmagabow”

Congratu50-210-c5-68-mcinnes_head_shot_resizedlations to Brian D. McInnes9781611862256, a 38th Annual American Book Awards winner. McInnes is being honored for his book Sounding Thunder: The Stories of Francis Pegahmagabowa unique synthesis of Ojibwe oral history, historical record, and Pegahmagabow family stories.

Previous winners include Toni Morrison, Edward Said, Isabel Allende, bell hooks, Don DeLillo, Robin D.G. Kelley, Joy Harjo, Miles Davis, Daniel Ellsberg, David Halberstam, Richard Holmes OBE, Laila Lalami, Helen Thomas, and Cornel West.

The Before Columbus Foundation sponsors the annual American Book Awards and views American culture as inclusive and has always considered the term “multicultural” to be not a description of various categories, groups, or “special interests,” but rather as the definition of all of American literature. The Awards are not bestowed by an industry organization, but rather are a writers’ award given by other writers. The awards will be formally recognized on October 22, 2017, in San Francisco, California. This event is open to the public.

John Smolens’ WOLF’S MOUTH Named 2017 “One Book, One Community” Selection

John Smolens’ smolens-400novel Wolf’s Mouth, Winner of a 2017 Michigan Notable Book Award, has been chosen as the book selection for 2017 by the NMU/Marquette County “One Book, One Community” committee. The “One Book, One Community” program encourages the Marquette County and Northern Michigan University community to read the same book and to come together to discuss it in a variety of settings. Although dozens of similar programs have been sponsored nationwide, this is one that brings together a county and a university.

John Smolens has published ten works of fiction, most recently Wolf’s Mouth. His work has appeared in publications such as The North American Review, The Southern Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Columbia Journal of Literature and Art, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post. He has taught at Michigan State University, Western Michigan University, and is professor emeritus, Northern Michigan University. In 2010, he was the recipient of the Michigan Author of the Year Award from the Michigan Library Association.

Todd Davis’ WINTERKILL Wins Silver Foreword INDIES 2016 Book of the Year Award


Winterkill, by Todd Davis, Named 2016 INDIES Book of the Year Silver Winner, Poetry
Foreword Reviews announced the winners of its INDIES Book of the Year Awards at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Chicago. The awards recognize the best books published in 2016 from small, indie, and university presses, as well as self-published authors. Founded in 1998, Foreword Reviews is the only independent media company completely devoted to independent publishing.


2017 Alan Paton Award for Non-Fiction won by Greg Marinovich’s MURDER AT SMALL KOPPIE

50-1d0-3ff4-50-97816118627682017 Alan Paton Award for Non-Fiction has been won by Greg Marinovich for Murder at Small Koppie: The Real Story of South Africa’s Marikana MassacreIn his speech at the June 24 award presentation, Marinovich stressed the importance of remembering that the Marikana massacre miners are at core of the story he told in the book. The award is in honor of Alan Paton, author of Cry, The Beloved Country.

The Alan Paton Award is a South African literary award for non-fiction, sponsored by the Johannesburg weekly the Sunday Times.  The award is given in conjunction with The Sunday Times Fiction Prize. Together the two prizes are jointly called The Sunday Times Literary Awards.

Photo: Marinovich’s award speech on Twitter

“Choice Reviews” Outstanding Academic Titles Honors Paul Dumouchel’s THE BARREN SACRIFICE

 Layout 1Choice Reviewschoice-2 OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC TITLE for 2016 honors Paul Dumouchel’s The Barren Sacrifice: An Essay on Political Violence, published by MSU Press.

Choice Reviews, the American Library Association publishing division, publishes the complete list of winners in the January 2017 issue.
Choice Reviews selects its Outstanding Academic Titles each year, chosen from the many titles reviewed during the year. The books are selected for their “excellence in scholarship and presentation, the significance of their contribution to the field, and their value as important — and often first — treatment of their subject.”


2 Michigan Notable Book Awards to MSU Press. Notable Author Tours April-June!

mnb_notable-books-logoHundreds of books may be contenders, but only 20 titles made the 2017 Library of Michigan Notable Books list.

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    April 5: Big Rapids Community Library, 426 S. Michigan Ave., Big Rapids, (231)-796-5234.
    May 3: Engadine Library, W 13920 Melville Street, Engadine, MI [Upper Peninsula] 49827. (906) 477-631.
    June 27: Mason County Library, 217 E. Ludington Ave. Ludington, MI. (231) 843-8465.keefe-jpg
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    June 15: Niles District Library, 620 East Main, Niles, MI. (269) 683-8545
    June 17: Mason County District Library, 217 East Ludington Ave. Ludington, MI. (231) 843-8465

Each year the Michigan Notable Book list features 20 books, published the previous calendar year, which are about or set in Michigan or the Great Lakes region, or are written by a Michigan author. Selections include nonfiction and fiction books. This is a statewide program that began as part of the 1991 Michigan Week celebration, designed to pay tribute and draw attention to the many people, places and things that make Michigan life unique.

3 from MSU Press on World Literature Today’s 75 Notable Translations of 2016

Three translations from MSU Press are included in the Fifth Annual list from World Literature Today’s “75 Notable Translations of 2016.”
From WLT: “[A] notable first: Boubacar Boris Diop’s Doomi Golo: The Hidden Notebooks became the first novel translated from Wolof to English. …”

Michael J. Lee Wins National Communication Association Roderick P. Hart Outstanding Book Award

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Associate Professor Michael J. Lee  (Creating Conservatism: Postwar Words that Made an American Movement) has been selected as the 2016 Roderick P. Hart Outstanding Book Award by the National Communication Association’s (NCA) Political Communication Division. This is the 5th international award won by Lee and this work. The award will be presented at NCA’s annual convention in Philadelphia, Friday, November 11, 2016.

NCA’s Political Communication Division is designed to support the work of scholars and practitioners engaged in the research, teaching, and practice of political communication: “… impressed with your work and the ways that it allows readers to gain new insights about an important modern U.S. political movement through that movement’s ‘galvanizing texts,’ and were pleased with the central role of communication in America’s political landscape that was featured in your argument.“

Kevin P. Keefe’s “Twelve Twenty-Five: The Life and Times of a Steam Locomotive” Wins a 2016 State History Award

KeefeCompF.inddCongratulations to Kevin P. Keefe for winning a 2016 State History Award, for Twelve Twenty-Five: The Life and Times of a Steam Locomotive. The award is presented by the Historical Society of Michigan, in the category: BooksUniversity & Commercial Press. Illustrated with 21 full-color photographs, and 120 B/W photographs, Keefe’s book follows a single World War II-era locomotive, the Pere Marquette 1225, through its wartime service, retirement, donation to MSU, and subsequent return to steam, which exemplifies the achievement of historic preservation.

The Historical Society of Michigan State History Awards will be presented during its annual State History history-awardConference in Alpena, Michigan, Sept. 23-25, 2016. The awards are the highest recognition presented by the Historical Society of Michigan, the state’s official historical society and oldest cultural organization. The Society presents the State History Awards every year to individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the appreciation, collection, preservation and/or promotion of state and local history.


David Hlavsa’s “Walking Distance” Wins Gold: “Foreword Reviews” 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award Winner

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Walking Distance: Pilgrimage, Parenthood, Grief, and Home Repairs Wins Foreword Reviews’ 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Gold Award (Adult Nonfiction).

Walking the Camino de Santiago, more than 400 miles across the north of Spain:
In the summer of 2000, David Hlavsa and his wife Lisa Holtby embarked on a pilgrimage. After trying for three years to conceive a child and suffering through the monthly cycle of hope and disappointment, they decided to walk the Camino de Santiago, a joint enterprise—and an act of faith—they hoped would strengthen their marriage and prepare them for parenthood.

Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards honor the best books from Independent publishers,  judged by a select group of librarians and booksellers from around the country. The annual awards are announced at the American Library Association Annual Conference.