Book Contest Honorable Mention: “Revelatory and Transformative” and “Witty”

I’m thrilled that Writing with Scissors has received the sole honorable mention in the EBSCOhost/Research Society for American Periodicals contest for the best book on periodicals for the past 2 years. The committee, which included the impressive scholars and editors Jean Lee Cole, Karen Roggencamp, Cynthia Patterson, and Craig Monk, judged it “revelatory and transformative” t the field of periodical studies, and praised it for delivering “nuanced readings” of primary materials in a “witty, conversational, yet erudite style.” Wow!

And I’m so pleased that Jared Gardner’s The Rise and Fall of Early American Magazine Culture won the prize — he seems to be doing a fine job of overturning assumptions about early magazines! I’ve ordered it for my school’s library. Increasingly, libraries don’t order even important books unless we ask them to.

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