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The Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title has been announced; TLS offers a U-M Press alternative

by Shaun Manning March 30, 2012

In its March 9 NB column, the Times Literary Supplement offered its own unofficial nomination for the 2012 Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year — Parlor Ponds: The Cultural Work of the American Home Aquarium, 1850 – 1970 by Judith Hamera. TLS (subscription required) found this title more enigmatic than several actual shortlisted titles, including A Century of Sand Dredging in the Bristol Channel: Volume Two and The Mushroom in Christian Art. The winner of the Diagram Prize was announced this morning in the Guardian.

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Press Author Jill Dolan Wins Prestigious George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism

by Shaun Manning January 27, 2012

Congratulations to Jill Dolan, author of The Feminist Spectator as Critic (1991), Presence and Desire (1994), and Utopia in Performance (2005) and editor of A Menopausal Gentleman (2011), for winning the prestigious 2011 George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism. The award, administered by Cornell University, carries a $10,000 prize and was bestowed upon Dolan for her insightful essays on her blog, The Feminist Spectator. This marks the first year the award has been given to a blog. Read the full award announcement here. The Guardian also published a great spotlight on Dolan and the significance of such a major […]

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The Guardian Praises Press Author’s African Memoir

by Shaun Manning November 4, 2011

Alexandra Fuller, writing for prominent British newspaper The Guardian, has selected Toyin Falola’s A Mouth Sweeter Than Salt: An African Memoir (University of Michigan Press, 2004) as one of the ten greatest memoirs to come out of Africa.

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Q&A with Kazim Ali, author of Orange Alert: essays on poetry, art, and the architecture of silence

by University of Michigan Press October 12, 2010

Whether he is discussing the way cell phones have altered physical intimacy and introduced new verb forms, or the way Emily Dickinson’s mysteries are more clearly revealed in French translation, Kazim Ali is at once clear and complex, rigorous and charming, accessible and demanding. In Orange Alert, Ali discusses contemporary poetry in relation to other art forms and to contemporary television, film, and electronic media, including the Internet, YouTube, and Facebook. He shines a light on the intersections between cultures in these essays on the craft of poetry, offering a hand to poets either geographically or metaphorically outside the mainstream […]

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