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NIU Press honored with book awards

September 15, 2010

Season of Water and IceNorthern Illinois University Press has received several book awards over the past few months.

The Midwest Independent Publishers Association announced the winner of the Midwest Book Award in the General Fiction category for 2010 as “Season of Water and Ice” by Donald Lystra. The book, which was published in October 2009 by NIU Press’s fiction imprint, Switchgrass Books, had earlier this year been named to the 2010 Michigan Notable Books list as well.

The Milwaukee County Historical Society awarded the 2010 Gambrinus Prize to “Making Milwaukee Mightier: Planning and the Politics of Growth 1910–1960 by John M. McCarthy. The Gambrinus Prize is awarded each year for the best book-length contribution to Milwaukee historiography.

Manufacturing Truth: The Documentary Moment in Early Soviet Culture by Elizabeth Astrid Papazian won the 2009–2010 award for best book in literary/cultural studies from ATSEEL (AAmerican Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages). The award will be formally presented at the annual conference in January 2011 in Pasadena, California.

“Publishing award-winning books is a major goal for NIU Press. This group of winners proves the strength and breadth of our list,” said J. Alex Schwartz, director of NIU Press and Switchgrass Books. “We’ve long been recognized as a leader in Russian studies and are pleased to continue to receive awards in that area. The other awards validate our regional scope, especially in the new area of fiction, and we are proud to be awarded for those efforts.”

All of these award-winning books, as well as all other NIU Press books, can be purchased through NIU Press by calling (800) 621-2736, visiting your local bookstore or ordering online.