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8.2014
USUP author Jon D. Lee and his book An Epidemic of Rumors are featured in Discovery News, discussing how to battle the rumor, folklore and myths accompanying the latest outbreak of the ebola virus.

Allan Maca, editor of Prophet, Pariah, and Pioneer is an archaeologist on PBS's Time Team America! Check out the latest season.

7.2014
Angela Harris, a coeditor of
Presumed Incompetent, talks to Truthout about the challenges facing nonwhite and nonheterosexual academics. Check it out!

UPC and four other university presses are working with the American Anthropological Association on a new approach to book reviews. See this article from the Chronicle of Higher Education, featuring our illustrious director Darrin Pratt!

6.2014
USUP authors Lynne McNeill and Trevor Blank talk about digital culture on KEUR's Radio West.

The Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law and Justice has just published an entire edition of the journal dedicated to responses to Presumed Incompetent. Volume 29, Issue 2 (2014) consists of the first part of a series of papers presented at a daylong symposium at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law on March 8, 2013. The Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice hosted more than forty speakers who were invited to celebrate and respond to Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia, an anthology that explores the experiences of women of color in higher education from a variety of perspectives. The entire journal and all its contents are offered free and open access by the Law Journals and Related Materials at Berkeley Law Scholarship Repository.

Two UPC titles have won Southwest Book Design Awards from the New Mexico Book Association! Yellowstone Wildlife is the winner in the Trade Book Illustrated category and Soils, Climate, and Society in the Scholarly and Technical category.

11.2013
It's University Press Week!
In the spirit of collaboration that pervades the university press community, The University Press of Colorado and Utah State University Press, plus 25 other presses have come together for a blog tour during University Press Week. This tour highlights the value of university presses and the contributions they make to scholarship and our society. Bloggers include authors, book review editors, university press staff members, interns, booksellers, and university press advocates. Today's topic is Meet the Press. See the full schedule here.

Laura Furney, Managing Editor UPC and USUP
Managing editor Laura Furney just celebrated her twenty-year anniversary with the University Press of Colorado. She started at the press as a part-time assistant to the business manager in 1993, soon after earning her MA in art history. She has held many jobs in her time at the press, including editorial assistant, editorial and production manager, and even interim director for a short period.

In her present position, Laura has taken on key roles in three significant developments at the University Press of Colorado. In spring 2012, Utah State University Press became a part of the University Press of Colorado. Operations of the two presses were combined, with the USUP brand maintained as an imprint. The result is an additional twenty books a year to shepherd through the editorial and production process. Working with acquisitions editors and production staff in both Boulder, Colorado, and Logan, Utah, Laura has been crucial to the success of this endeavor.

Additionally, Laura has become the point person for our current transition to an XML-first workflow and the adoption of TeleScope, a new digital asset management system, both in partnership with the University of Toronto Press. She has approached these changes with enthusiasm, learning how to prep manuscripts for XML processing and facilitating the necessary adjustments to editorial and production practices for our XML-first workflow. In our move to Telescope, she has established file-naming and archival protocols while guiding the rest of the staff with regard to habitual use of this new tool.

In what little spare time she has, she raises three amazing kids and takes care of the family dog, Sophie. She is known for her love of intensely hot peppers, will happily recommend a tequila for any occasion, can be found volunteering at the Denver Film Society, and has a reputation for being too nice. A pleasure to work with, Laura is invaluable to the University Press of Colorado for many reasons. We are so lucky to have her, and thank her for her dedication and commitment to UPC.

Please visit the other UP's with Meet the Press features today: University of Missouri Press, McGill-Queen's University Press, and University of Illinois Press

10.2013
USUP author Frank de Caro's interview about his book Stories of Our Lives on Book Q&As with Deborah Kalb

Books, Bluster and Bounty, by Susan Swetnam and published by our partner press USUP, is the winner of the 2012 Idaho Library Association's Book of the Year.

9.2013
Colorado Women by Gail M. Beaton, is a finalist for the 2013 WILLA Literary Awards from Women Writing the West.

8.2013
The research of UPC author John Freeman, featured in his book Implementing the Endangered Species Act on the Platte Basin Water Commons, is acknowledged as a prime example of how to construct a large landscape scale river restoration program in the National Research Council's report Sustainability for the Nation: Resource Connections and Governance Linkages.

9.2012
Don Hunter talks about Snow Leopards, other big cats and his book Snow Leopard: Stories from the Roof of the World, on Colorado Matters. Click here!


David Berman spoke about his new book Politics Labor and the War on Big Business at Changing Hands bookstore.

7.2012
Utah State University Press joins the University Press of Colorado

Utah State University has become the ninth member institution of the UPC consortium, and USU Press will retain its publishing program as an imprint of UPC. Their staff will remain in their office space at the Merrill-Cazier Library on the USU campus. USUP brings additional titles in western history, natural history, Native American studies, and poetry to the UPC list, as well as new subjects like folklore and composition. Please take a minute to visit their website and take a look at their digital catalog. USUP and UPC staff will work jointly to create economies of scale that will benefit both the UPC and the USUP list over the long-term. For more information see this article in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

5.2012
Bill Weber, co-author of Colorado Flora: Eastern Slope, Fourth Edition and Colorado Flora: Western Slope, Fourth Edition interviewed on Colorado Matters. Listen here!

2.2012
Tom Huber talks about An American Provence, on KVNF. Click here!

1.2012
Pat Pascoe talks about her book Helen Ring Robison, on Colorado Matters. Click here!

12.2011
Helen Ring Robinson is #3 on the Denver Post nonfiction local best sellers list for Dec. 11th!!

11.2011
Tom Huber and his book An American Provence, were featured on Colorado Matters. Click here and scroll down to listen!

10.2011
Ethelia Ruiz Medrano, author of Mexico's Indigenous Communities, is featured on New Books in Popular Culture. Click here to learn more and listen to the fascinating interview.

UPC board member and future author Payson Sheets featured in the Denver Post

06.01.2011
More Ebooks!

Select University Press of Colorado titles are now available on almost any platform imaginable?Amazon Kindle Store, Apple iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, KOBO, Google eBooks, Midwest Book Service, Scribd, Follett, Xplana, eBooks.com, Diesel eBooks, Gardners, Intersoft, BookShare, BookGlutton, Woodslane, PaperC, Page Foundry, Abril Digital, Campus E-books, Examville, eCarrel, Immateriel and more!

04.01.2011
Join the authors of Enduring Legacies Friday, April 29th for food, music, presentations from chapter authors and book signing. Starting at 4:00 pm, located at the CU Boulder Altas Board, room 229 (directions: http://tinyurl.com/3ofpfny)

09.01.2010
Anthony Aveni has several speaking engagments on the 2012 phenomenon and his book The End of Time coming up. Click the link on each for more information:
~Sept. 13 at Marlboro College in Vermont
~Oct. 11 at Appalachian State University
~Oct. 12 at UNC Chapel Hill
~Nov. 2 at The Denver Museum of Nature and Science

We hope to see you at any of these events near you!

08.26.2010
The University Press of Colorado is featured as one of the 17 Most Innovative University Presses on the Huffington Post... take a look, we're slide #15!

06.01.2010
Japanese American Resettlement through the Lens wins two in the Southwest Book Design & Production Awards-Best Illustrated Trade Book and Best in Show! See more pics and details in the lower left corner at http://www.nmbook.org

10.01.2009
Colorado Prize for Poetry Book "One Sun Storm" is a finalist for the Staffhord/Hall Award for Poetry, given by the Oregon Book Awards. Please click here for more info.

 

Anthony Aveni, author of "The End of Time", was interviewed on Ohio's WDJQ-Q92.5 FM on Oct. 14th. Click here to listen!

08.27.2009

Lane Hirabayahi and Hikaru [Carl] Iwasaki, author and photographer of Japanese American Resettlement through the Lens will be speaking at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History on Sept. 19th at 2 p.m. Click here for more information.

07.30.2009
Two UPC authors, Jeanne Abrams, author of Dr. Charles David Spivak, and Lane Ryo Hirabayashi, Author of Japanese American Resettlement through the Lens, were interviewed by Dan Meyers on "Colorado Matters" this month. To listen to either interview, click here, and type the author's last name in the search box.

Lane Hirabayashi also had an event at the Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver, where he and photographer Hikaru (Carl) Iwasaki spoke and answered questions.


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Lane Hirabayshi and Carl Iwasaki answer questions from the audience
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Lane Hirabayashi, Carl Iwasaki and
Darrin Pratt
Lane Hirabayashi, Carl Iwasaki and Darrin Pratt

05.06.2009
Prudence M. Rice, praised by colleagues as a visionary, a mentor, an outstanding researcher and an inspiration, is the winner of the 2009 University Women of Distinction Award at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Rice is the associate vice chancellor for research and director of the Office of Research Development and Administration (ORDA) at SIUC. She is also a distinguished professor in the University's anthropology department. She's been a professor at the University for 17 years, including six years as department chair, and she has led ORDA since 1999.

The University honored Rice and other Excellence Through Commitment award-winners at an April 21 dinner, hosted by Chancellor Samuel Goldman, in the Student Center.

"Dr. Rice has demonstrated leadership, vision and action in her commitment to increasing the status, participation and recognition of women of all ages and ranks in the SIUC community," wrote Laurie A. Achenbach, associate dean for research and graduate programs snd microbiology professor in the College of Science, and Karen R. Lips, associate professor of zoology, in their letter nominating Rice for the award.

"She has accomplished this through her teaching and advising of graduate students, her internationally renowned research program, the extensive service she has shown both to her field and to various academic units on campus and as the director of the SIUC Office of Research and Development (ORDA)," Achenbach and Lips wrote.

Rice is the only woman to receive the SIUC Outstanding Scholar Award, one of just about two dozen faculty to earn the honor. Her published works include nearly a dozen books, with more in the works, and dozens of professional journal articles, book chapters and more. Her works with UPC include The Kowoj and The Terminal Classic in the Maya Lowlands.

04.06.2009

The University Press of Colorado is pleased to annouce the Archaeology of the Americas Digital Monograph Initiative, a joint project between The University Press of Colorado, Texas A&M University Press, University of Alabama Press, University of Arizona Press, University Press of Florida and University of Utah Press.

Funded by an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant, the project will explore ways to deliver data- and illustration-rich digital editions of cutting-edge archaeological research, and will give scholars and professional archaeologists the ability to review supplemental data not often contained in conventionally published volumes. Please take a look at the included press release for more information.

04.02.2009

We are pleased to announce that the Colorado Historical Society has awarded The Life and Times of Richard Castro the 2009 Colorado Book Award for History and Biography.

03.13.2009

We are proud to announce a new partnership with the Institute of Mesoamerican Studies at the University of Albany. Books in the Studies in Culture and Society and IMS Monograph series are now available through the University Press of Colorado.

02.02.2009

Colorado Prize for Poetry winner Endi Bogue Hartigan (author of One Sun Storm)has several events coming up in the Northeast.

01.07.2009

Hard as the Rock Itself is a winner of the Kniffen Award - given by the Pioneer America Society Association for the Preservation of Artifacts and Landscapes for the best authored book in the field of North American Material Culture.

01.07.2009

The winner of the 2008 Colorado Prize for Poetry, One Sun Storm, by Endi Bogue Hartigan, is now available!

08.04.2008

Andrew Cowell, author of The Arapaho Language, was recently interviewed on Colorado Matters, a show on Colorado Public Radio.
Just go to www.kcfr.org and click on "Colorado Matters" on the right hand side-bar schedule. Then type in "C'Hair" in the search bar at the top of the page. This will bring up the interview, titled "Bringing the Arapaho Language Back from the Brink. Just click to listen!"

06.04.2008

Thomas Wolf, author of the just released Arthur Carhart, will be doing two events in Colorado this month.
Tattered Cover LoDo on June 21 at 2:00, and Boulder Book Store on June 25 at 7:30. We hope to see you there!

07.27.2007

The Rise of the Silver Queen: Georgetown, Colorado, 1859-1896 by Liston E. Leyendecker, Christine A. Bradley, and Duane A. Smith won the Mining History Association's biennial Clark C. Spence Award for the best book in mining history.

The Rocky Mountain News calls the book an "absorbing history of the town" and Western Historical Quarterly comments that "the book is stuffed with beautiful photographs and contains fascinating sidebars on subjects such as mining technology and working-class culture. It is both sophisticated and fun to read." The Rise of the Silver Queen was noted historian Liston Leyendecker's last work, completed by Christine Bradley and Duane Smith.








03.01.2007
White Man's Paper Trail has finalized for a 2007 Oklahoma Book Award from the Oklahoma Center for the Book.

Congratulations to author Stan Hoig! The awards will be presented at the 18th Annual Oklahoma Book Awards dinner March 10, 2007 at Oklahoma City's Petroleum Club. In White Man's Paper Trail, award-winning journalist and author Stan Hoig presents a poignant history of the U.S. government's attempts to peacefully negotiate treaties with the tribes of the Central Plains, from the friendship pacts of the early 1800s through the last formal treaty in 1871, when Congress put an end to treaty-making. He shows how treaty-making, negotiated by peace commissioners and once the most promising method for resolving conflicts without military involvement, degenerated into a deeply flawed system sullied by political deceptions and broken promises. True West comments that "any serious researcher will gain invaluable insight from Hoig's excellent treatment of the subject" and the Oklahoman calls it "required reading for Americans who have an interest in American and Indian relations."








02.06.2007
Distant Bugles, Distant Drums is the recipient of a Southwest Book Award for 2006 from the Border Regional Library Association.

Since 1971 the Southwest Book Awards have been presented annually in recognition of outstanding books that reflect and interpret the Southwest. Congratulations to author Flint Whitlock! Distant Bugles, Distant Drums tells the little-known story of the Civil War's western battles, bringing to life the epic march of 1,000 men recruited from Colorado's towns, farms, and mining camps to fight 3,000 Confederate soldiers in New Mexico. Whitlock draws on previously overlooked diaries, letters, and contemporary newspaper accounts to create fascinating portraits of the Union and Confederate leaders, the land they marched through, and the series of battles they fought. The fortunes of the Confederacy hinged on its ability to capture Colorado's gold and silver mines--Whitlock reveals how close the Texan soldiers came to succeeding, and how the hastily-assembled Union men, many trying soldiering on for the first time, barely turned them back.








11.04.2005
The Wildlife Society recognizes Prairie Ghost and Pronghorn with Outstanding Book and Editorship awards for 2005, respectively.

The Wildlife Society honored two Wildlife Management Institute books published by the University Press of Colorado at its 2005 conference in Madison, Wisconsin. Prairie Ghost: Pronghorn and Human Interaction in Early America , edited by Richard McCabe, Bart W. O'Gara, and Henry M. Reeves, won the Society's Outstanding Book Award for 2005, and Pronghorn: Ecology and Management , edited by Bart W. O'Gara and Jim D. Yoakum, won the Editorship Book Award for 2005. The Wildlife Society gives the awards to recognize "scientific writing characterized by originality of research or thought and a high scholastic standard in the manner of presentation" (http://www.wildlife.org).

Prairie Ghost: Pronghorn and Human Interaction in Early America, a lavishly illustrated companion volume to Pronghorn: Ecology and Management, explores the fascinating relationship of pronghorn with people in early America, from prehistoric evidence through the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876.

Pronghorn: Ecology and Management weighs in at 6.5 lbs; its 900-plus pages contain more than 700 photographs, 170 line drawings, 15 maps, and chapters on every aspect of pronghorn ecology and management. It is, according to Jack Ward Thomas, Chief Emeritus of the USDA Forest Service, "a most worthy addition to the Wildlife Management Institute's widely acclaimed series of thirty books on North American game birds and mammals. I have no doubt that this book will quickly be accorded the nickname of the 'Pronghorn Bible'-it deserves it."

More information about the Wildlife Management Institute is available at http://www.wildlifemanagementinstitute.org/pages/main.html. The Wildlife Society's online home is http://www.wildlife.org.







07.28.2005
University Press of Colorado Mesoamerican Worlds series editor awarded high honor by the Mexican government.

The Ambassador of Mexico, Carlos de Icaza, decorated Davíd Carrasco with the greatest honor the Mexican government awards a foreigner, the Orden Mexicana del Aguila Azteca (Order of the Aztec Eagle) at a December 2004 ceremony in Washington, D.C.. Carrasco, the Neil L. Rudenstine Professor for the Study of Latin America at Harvard Divinity School, edits the University Press of Colorado's Mesoamerican Worlds Series, which is devoted to the study of historical phenomena within particular traditions of Mesoamerica and in relation to other cultures. This series seeks to integrate the work of archaeology, archaeoastronomy, art history, history of religions, social thought, and urban studies.

University Press of Colorado publication wins the Clark Spence Award for Excellence in Mining History.

The Mining History Association (MHA) selected Industrializing the Rockies: Growth, Competition, and Turmoil in the Coalfields of Colorado and Wyoming, 1868-1914 as the 2004-2005 winner of the biannual Clark Spence Award for Excellence in Mining History.

The Clark Spence Award, sponsored by the MHA, celebrates the best books on mining history. The prize was announced at a reception and awards banquet at the Mining MHA's conference this June in Mayfield, Pennsylvania. The award is named for Clark S. Spence, a prominent historian and founding member of the MHA.

In Industrializing the Rockies, historian and Black Hills State University professor David A. Wolff contextualizes the deadly conflicts that became defining moments in Western coalfield labor relations--the Rock Springs Massacre of 1885 and the Ludlow Massacre of 1914--tracing their roots in the economics of the coal industry. Wolff's book is the first comprehensive study of the emergence of coalfield labor relations and offers a general overview of coal mining in the American West from 1868 to the early twentieth century. The author shows how miners and laborers struggled to maintain mining as a craft and how market and economic forces influenced companies and deeply affect the lives of the workers.

The Mining History Association, based in Golden, Colorado at the Colorado School of Mines, brings together scholars, avocational enthusiasts, professors, active and retired mining professionals, geologists, and others interested in the history of mining and metallurgy.

We're thrilled to announce this award, and we give our heartfelt praise to David Wolff for the outstanding scholarship that makes Industrializing the Rockies an important contribution to the literature on mining history and to our publication series, Mining the American West.

01.04.2005
University Press of Colorado books win Colorado Book Awards and a Choice Outstanding Academic Book Award

The announcement of several prestigious awards topped off a banner year for the University Press of Colorado. Choice selected The Terminal Classic in the Maya Lowlands as a 2004 Outstanding Academic Title, and Bats of the Rocky Mountain West and the new edition of Boomtown Blues won Colorado Book Awards.

Choice magazine selected its annual list of Outstanding Academic Titles from more than 6,000 books reviewed during 2004. The list, according to Choice, "reflects the best in scholarly titles reviewed by Choice and brings with it the extraordinary recognition of the academic library community." In The Terminal Classic in the Maya Lowlands: Collapse, Transition, and Transformation, edited by Arthur A. Demarest, Prudence M. Rice, and Don S. Rice, an impressive roster of scholars revisits one of the great problems in Mayan archaeology. The Classic Maya civilization apparently collapsed between A.D. 830 and 950, with the Maya abandoning their power centers in the southern lowlands and rather abruptly ceasing the distinctive cultural practices that marked their apogee in the Classic period. The Terminal Classic interprets data from recent archaeological fieldwork to show enormous regional variability in the ways the Maya experienced this transition, revealing a period of cultural change more complex than acknowledged by traditional models. Choice magazine's September review called The Terminal Classic a "landmark, detailed magnum opus [that] elucidates critical and complex issues and is essential to Mesoamerican scholars, providing a new baseline for Maya studies. . . Indispensable."

The annual Colorado Book Awards, sponsored by the Colorado Center for the Book, celebrate the best books written by Colorado authors. Finalists were celebrated and the winners announced at a gala at the Wings over the Rockies Air & Space Museum in Denver. Bats of the Rocky Mountain West won in the guidebook category and Boomtown Blues tied with David Baron's The Beast in the Garden (Norton) in the Colorado and the West category.

In Bats of the Rocky Mountain West: Natural History, Ecology, and Conservation, bat specialist Rick A. Adams describes bat biology and evolution and provides natural histories of 31 species of bats found in the Rocky Mountain West (MT, ID, WY, UT, CO, NM, and AZ). Rich with color photographs, maps, and beautiful illustrations by Wendy Smith, this book offers a unique, valuable reference and a readable introduction to these important, misunderstood mammals.

Boomtown Blues: Colorado Oil Shale, by Andrew Gulliford and with a foreword by Richard D. Lamm, is part of our Mining the American West series. Gulliford examines the remarkable 100-year history of oil shale development and chronicles the social, environmental, and financial havoc created by the industry's continual cycles of boom and bust.

The Colorado Center for the Book, a Library of Congress-chartered program of the Colorado Endowment for the Humanities, grants the Colorado Book Awards. The awards help build Colorado's reputation as a state whose citizens value, promote, and support reading, writing, and literacy.

We're thrilled to announce these awards, and we give our heartfelt praise to the authors and editors for their meticulous research, great writing, and contributions to their fields and to public knowledge.

11.02.2004
Finalists for 2003 Colorado Book Awards include three University Press of Colorado books

We're thrilled to announce that Bats of the Rocky Mountain West, Sites of Insight, and Boomtown Blues are finalists for the Colorado Book Awards, which celebrate the best books written by Colorado authors in 2003.

The finalists will be celebrated and the winners announced at a special event November 18, 2004 at the Wings over the Rockies Air & Space Museum in Denver. For more information on the gala, visit www.coloradocenterforthebook.org, call the Colorado Center for the Book at (303) 839-8320, or e-mail ccftb@compuserve.com.

The Colorado Center for the Book, a Library of Congress-chartered program of the Colorado Endowment for the Humanities, grants the awards annually. The awards help build Colorado's reputation as a state whose citizens value, promote, and support reading, writing, and literacy.

In Bats of the Rocky Mountain West: Natural History, Ecology, and Conservation, bat specialist Rick A. Adams describes bat biology and evolution and provides natural histories of 31 species of bats found in the Rocky Mountain West (MT, ID, WY, UT, CO, NM, and AZ). Rich with color photographs, maps, and beautiful illustrations by Wendy Smith, this book offers a unique, valuable reference and a readable introduction to these important, misunderstood mammals.

Sites of Insight: A Guide to Colorado Sacred Places, edited by James Lough and Christie Smith, includes eighteen illuminating essays by some of Colorado's most accomplished novelists, essayists, and poets. The essays offer a vivid journey through a rich assortment of Colorado's most inspiring landscapes, each telling of a place where the authors find inspiration, epiphany, and challenge.

Boomtown Blues: Colorado Oil Shale, by Andrew Gulliford and with a foreword by Richard D. Lamm, is part of our Mining the American West series. Gulliford, Director of the Center for Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College, examines the remarkable 100-year history of oil shale development and chronicles the social, environmental, and financial havoc created by the industry's continual cycles of boom and bust.

12.10.2003
2004 Named the Year of the University Press

Modern scholarly communication is a complex system with a simple purpose: to provide the means by which the human knowledge and insight of the past may be preserved and shared in order to nourish the development of new ideas in the future. The members of the Association of American University Presses and the Association of Research Libraries all play a role in this vital and dynamic system, and we are united in our dedication to its purpose.

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11.10.2003
FROM IMPERIAL MYTH TO DEMOCRACY CHOSEN AS AN OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC TITLE FOR 2003 BY CHOICE MAGAZINE


We are pleased to announce that From Imperial Myth To Democracy: Japan's Two Constitutions, 1889-2002 has been chosen by Choice as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2003. Choice Magazine , a publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries awards the finest scholarly works through these annual awards. Outstanding Academic Titles are chosen for their excellence in scholarship and presentation, and the significance of their contribution to the field. Congratulations to co-authors Lawrence W. Beer and John M. Maki on their achievement.

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03.15.2003
Colcha wins American Book Award


The American Book Awards were created to provide recognition for outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America's diverse literary community. The purpose of the awards is to recognize literary excellence without limitations or restrictions. There are no categories, no nominees, and therefore losers. The award winners range from well-known and established writers to under-recognized authors and first works. There are no quotas for diversity, the winners list simply reflects it as a natural process. The Before Columbus Foundation views American culture as inclusive and has always considered the term "multicultural" to be not a description of various categories, groups, or "special interests," but rather as the definition of all of American literature. The awards are not bestowed by an industry organization, but rather are a writers' award given by other writers. (The Before Columbus Foundation is an independent non-profit organization.)

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