Award Winning Books


Awards Received by University of Utah Press Publications

2018

Emmeline B. Wells: An Intimate History by Carol Cornwall Madsen won the Mormon History Association's Best Biography

Margarita Marin-Dale won the Wayland D. Hand Prize from the American Folklore Association for her book  Decoding Andean Mythology

Brian McConnell Book Award from the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research to Holly Cusack-McVeigh for Stories Find You, Places Know

Hikmet Sidney Loe’s book,  The Spiral Jetty Encyclo , won the 15 Bytes Book Award for Art Book
Ordinary Trauma : A Memoir by Jennifer Sinor was selected as a finalist for the 15 Bytes Book Award for Creative Nonfiction

The following books were finalists for the Utah State Historical Society Best Book Award:  Interwoven: Junipers and the Web of Being by Kristen Rogers-Iversen,  Jumping the Abyss: Marriner S. Eccles and the New Deal, 1933-1940 by Mark Wayne Nelson,  A Modest Homestead: Life in Small Adobe Homes in Salt Lake City, 1850-1897 by Laurie J. Bryant, and The Spiral Jetty Encyclo: Exploring Robert Smithson’s Earthwork through Time and Place by Hikmet Sydney Loe

2017

Matthew Garrett’s Making Lamanites: Mormons, Native Americans, and the Indian Student Placement Program, 1947-2000 received the Francis Armstrong Madsen Best Book Award from the Utah Division of State History.                               

The Women: A Family Story by Kerry William Bate won the Mormon History Association’s Best Personal History/Memoir Award.

Charles Redd Center Clarence Dixon Taylor Historical Research Award was presented to Jerry Spangler and Donna Spangler for Last Chance Byway: The History of Nine Mile Canyon and Nine Mile Canyon: The Archaeological History of an American Treasure.

Leonard Arrington and the Writing of Mormon History by Gregory A. Prince was awarded the Evans Biography Award from the Mountain West Center for Regional Studies at Utah State University.

Leonard Arrington and the Writing of Mormon History by Gregory A. Prince received the John Whitmer Historical Association’s Brim Biography Book Award.

15 Bytes Book Award for Creative Nonfiction to Immortal for Quite Some Time by Scott Abbott.

2016

Richard Francaviglia's book  The Mapmakers of New Zion  won the New Mexico Book Association's Southwest Book Design and Production Award in the category of scholarly and technical while Adam Sklute's  Ballet West was a finalist in the trade book illustrated category.

The Mapmakers of New Zion  by Richard Francaviglia was selected as one of American Library Association's Best of the Best from University Presses.

David Hall won the Mormon History Association's Best First Book Award 2015 for A Faded Legacy: Amy Brown Lyman and Mormon Women's Activism, 1872-1959.

Michael Homer's  Joseph's Temples: The Dynamic Relationship between Freemasonry and Mormonism  and Armando Solórzano  We Remember, We Celebrate, We Believe/Recuerdo, Celebración y Esperanza: Latinos in Utah  were both recipients of the Meritorious Book Award from the Utah Division of State History.

2015

Jeff Metcalf, author of  Requiem for the Living , received the Mayor’s Award in Literary Arts at the Utah Arts Festival in 2015.

Lily Havey received the Evans Biography Award for  Gasa Gasa Girl Goes to Camp: A Nisei Youth behind a World War II Fence

Best of Best of University Presses ALA/AAUP was also awarded to Lily Havey for  Gasa Gasa Girl Goes to Camp.

Gasa Gasa Girl Goes to Camp was also a finalist in cover design for the Southwest Book Design and Production Awards. 

Julie Neuffer was awarded the Mormon History Association Best Biography Award for  Helen Andelin and the Fascinating Womanhood Movement.

Gary and Rose Neeleman were finalists for the International Latino Book Awards: Best Book in Nonfiction in Portuguese for  Tracks in the Amazon: The Day-to-Day Life of the Workers on the Madeira-  Mamoré Railroad. 

 

2014

Val Holley received the Utah Book Award in Nonfiction for  25th Street Confidential: Drama, Decadence, and Dissipation along Ogden's Rowdiest Road.

Roy Webb was a Utah Book Award finalist in Nonfiction for  Lost Canyons of the Green River: The Story before Flaming Gorge Dam.

Kim Young was a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award for her book  Night Radio. Click here to see the award announcement.

Kara Candito won a Pushcart award for her poem “Monologue during a Blackout” which appears in her book  Spectator. 

Todd Compton has been awarded the Mormon History Association Best Biography Award in 2013 for his book   A Frontier Life: Jacob Hamblin, Explorer and Indian Missionary.

Todd Compton also won the Evans Biography Award for  A Frontier Life  which carries a $10,000 award.

A Frontier Life also won the John Whitmer Historical Society Best Biography Award.

The Division of State History also awarded the Francis Armstrong Madsen Best Book Award to  A Frontier Life. 

Choice Outstanding Academic Title award went to  Nine Mile Canyon: The Archaeological History of an American Treasure by Jerry D. Spangler.

Foreword chose  25th Street Confidential: Drama, Decadence, and Dissipation along Ogden’s Rowdiest Road by Val Holley in the regional category as a finalist in their IndieFab Book of the Year Award and  The First Rocky Mountaineers: Coloradans before Colorado by Marcel Kornfeld is the bronze winner in the science category.

15 bytes , Utah's art magazine, has named  Final Light: The Life and Art of V. Douglas Snow , edited by Frank McEntire as the most exceptional art book for 2014.

 

2013

Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award for Journals, Memoirs, and Letters to  Nels Anderson's World War I Diary, edited by Allan Kent Powell.

 

2012

Utah Book Award in Nonfiction to Don D. Fowler for The Glen Canyon Country: A Personal Memoir

Mormon History Association Geraldine McBride Woodward Internation Book Award to Hugh J. Cannon (deceased) and Reid L. Neilson, editor for To the Peripheries of Mormondom: The Apostolic Around-the-World Journey of David O. McKay, 1920-1921

Society for American Archaeology Book Award to Matthew R. Des Lauriers for Island of Fogs: Archaeological and Ethnohistorical Investigations of Isla Cedros, Baja California

Western Writers of America Spur Award for Best Western Nonfiction-Contemporary toFrederick H. Swanson for The Bitterroot and Mr. Brandborg: Clearcutting and the Struggle for Sustainable Forestry in the Northern Rockies

 

2011

Utah Book Award in Nonfiction to Steven Simms for Traces of Fremont: Society and Rock Art in Ancient Utah

The New Mexico Book Association Southwest Book Design & Production Awards for Excellence in the category Trade Books: Non-illustrated to Wildbranch: An Anthology of Nature, Environment, and Place-based Writing , edited by Florence Caplow and Susan Cohen

Society for American Archaeology Book Award for Public Audience to Steven Simms for Traces of Fremont: Society and Rock Art in Ancient Utah

Mormon History Association Geraldine McBride Woodward Award for Best Publication in International Mormon History to Raymond Kuehne, Mormons as Citizens of a Communist State:  A Documentary History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in East Germany, 1945-1990

 

2010

Association for Mormon Letters Award for Memoir to George Handley for Home Waters

Mormon History Association Steven F. Christensen Best Documentary Award to Richard E. Turley and Ronald W. Walker, eds., for Mountain Meadows Massacre: The Andrew Jenson and David H. Morris Collection (copublished with BYU Studies)

Mormon History Association Steven F. Christensen Best Documentary Award to Jill Mulvay Derr and Karen Lyn Davidson for Eliza R. Snow: The Complete Poetry (copublished with BYU Studies)

Society for Historical Archaeology James Deetz Book Award to Shannon Novak for House of Mourning: A Biocultural History of the Mountain Meadows Massacre

Utah State History Francis Armstrong Madsen Best Utah History Book Award to Edward Leo Lyman for Amasa Mason Lyman: Mormon Apostle and Apostate, A Study in Dedication

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