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Multiple Awards for LSU Press Books
A Number of Books Published by the Louisiana State University Press Win Prestigious Awards
BATON ROUGE, 02/26/2021 – A spate of books published by the Louisiana State University press have been selected for significant awards in their fields. These books cover a variety of topics, from the American Civil War to New Orleans’s most iconic cocktail.
“We’re always proud to see our authors’ work being honored by prestigious organizations in their respective fields,” said LSU Press Director Alisa Plant. “To receive a number of distinguished awards in quick succession, as is the case this season, speaks volumes to the excellent work of our authors.”
Among these awarded books is “The Howling Storm: Weather, Climate, and the American Civil War” by Kenneth W. Noe. This book, which explores the impact of weather on troops and tactics during the Civil War is a finalist for the 2021 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize from Gettysburg College and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. The Lincoln Prize is the most prestigious prize awarded to works of art that increase the public’s understanding of the Civil War, its people, and its continuing impact on America.
Joan Romano Shifflett’s “Warren, Jarrell, and Lowell: Collaboration in the Reshaping of American Poetry” is the winner of the Robert Penn Warren-Cleanth Brooks Award for literary scholarship and criticism for 2020. The award is given annually by the advisory group of the Center for Robert Penn Warren Studies at Western Kentucky University to recognize outstanding and innovative critical interpretation of literature.
In the press release for the prize, the committee said Shifflett’s book “offers a new approach to our understanding of the way American poetry evolved during the mid-twentieth century and demonstrates the continued relevance of close reading to literary analysis.”
Tim McNally’s lively chronicle of the classic New Orleans cocktail “The Sazerac” is on the shortlist for World’s Best Cognac Book by the Gourmand Awards for Drink Culture. McNally’s blend of history, cocktail trivia, and delicious recipes rose to the top of a group of books coming from 175 countries.
Finally, “Civil War Supply and Strategy: Feeding Men and Moving Armies” by historian Earl J. Hess is a finalist for the 2020 Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award. “Civil War Supply and Strategy” is a pathbreaking examination of the link between supply chains and army movement during the American Civil War, demonstrating how supply logistics both empowered and limited armies during this war.
The Distinguished Writing Award recognizes authors who make a significant contribution to the literature on U.S. Army history. Its winner will be announced in June.
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