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George Chauncey won the John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity, a $500,000 award given to those whose scholarship has resonated both inside and outside academia. Library of Congress’ Carla Hayden said, “Professor Chauncey’s trailblazing career gave us all better insight into, and understanding of, the LGBTQ+ community and history. His work that helped transform our nations attitudes and laws epitomizes the Kluge Center’s mission to support research at the intersection of the humanities and public policy.”


Shruti Swamy’s The Archer (Algonquin) has been nominated for the 41st Annual Northern California Book Award in Fiction as one of the best works by a Northern California author published in 2021.

Karin Cecile Davidson’s short story collection, The Geography of First Kisses, is the winner of the 2022 Acacia Fiction Prize and will be published by Kallisto Gaia Press.


Sandor Katz’s Fermentation Journeys (Chelsea Green) is a finalist for the 2022 International Association of Culinary Professionals Cookbook Awards.


Tochukwhu Okafor was named a 2022 Ucross Foundation Fellow and was offered residencies by the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts and Aspen Words. He’s received grants from the John Anson Kittredge Fund and the Emerson Enhancement fund for work on his short story collection and received scholarships to attend the Sewanee and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences. His story, “Our Lady Queen of Africa,” has won the AWP’s 2022 Kurt Brown Prize for Fiction.


Foreign rights for Anne Applebaum’s next book, Autocracy, Inc. (Doubleday), which will be published in 2024, have already been sold in the following countries: the United Kingdom, Spain, Holland, Poland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, France, Germany, Finland, and Brazil.


Tracy Kidder’s Mountains Beyond Mountains (Random House) was reprinted on September 2 nd. The book has now been re-printed 42 times since it was first published in 2003.


Chelsea Bieker’s Heartbroke (Catapult) was featured on NPR’s “Best Books of 2022” list. Lydia Conklin’s Rainbow, Rainbow (Catapult) was featured on NPR’s “Best Books of 2022” list and Book Riot’s “Best New Short Story Collections” list.


Hannah Arendt’s The Origins of Totalitarianism (Penguin Classics) was featured on a Wall Street Journal “Five Best Books” list on the subject of fascism in Britain between WWI and II.


The Center for Global Development featured Shahriar Mandanipour’s Seasons of Purgatory (Bellevue) on their list of summer reading recommendations.


LaToya Watkins’ Perish (Tiny Reparations) was featured on “Most Anticipated” book lists in Bustle, Essence, Good Morning America and The Millions, and was chosen as one of Amazon’s “Best Books of the Month.”


Jerome Charyn’s Big Red (Liveright) was selected as an Apple Books “Book of the Month” for August. The book is a Publishers Weekly Summer Reads selection and The Wall Street Journal featured the book on a list of “Books for Film and TV Lovers.”


Nona Willis Aronowitz’s Bad Sex (Plume) was named a “Best Book of Summer” by Esquire, “Most Anticipated” by Bustle and The Millions, and an August “Must-Read Book” by Nylon.


Skidmore College recommended Richard White’s Who Killed Jane Stanford? (Norton) for their summer reading list.


Parini Shroff’s The Bandit Queens (Ballantine, 2023) is a Publisher’s Lunch Buzz Book.

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