Professor Jared Gardner’s The Rise and Fall of Early American Magazine Culture (University of Illinois Press) will be celebrated as the winner of the EBSCOhost-RSAP Book Prize at the 24th annual conference of the American Literature Association in Boston, May 23-26, 2013.
Recognizing the best title published by an academic press in the field of American periodical studies, the prize is sponsored jointly by EBSCOhost and the Research Society for American Periodicals. It is presented every other year at the RSAP Business Meeting. The present competition considered titles from across the field published between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2012.
Jean Lee Cole (Loyola University Maryland), Craig Monk (University of Lethbridge), Cynthia Patterson (University of South Florida), and Karen Roggenkamp (Texas A&M University-Commerce) judged The Rise and Fall of Early American Magazine Culture “extremely important for advancing both periodical study and the study of early American literature, which has been undergoing rapid (and welcome) transformation in recent years.”
The presentation in Boston will also acknowledge Ellen Gruber Garvey’s Writing with Scissors: American Scrapbooks from the Civil War to the Harlem Renaissance (Oxford University Press), a title the committee found “revelatory and transformative,” with its honorable mention for 2011-12.