Transdisciplinary book prize for socially engaged humanites scholarship, coming up!

asu flyerI’m thrilled to be receiving the book prize of the Institute for Humanities Research for transdisciplinary “socially engaged humanities scholarship.” That my work crosses disciplines is not a surprise — the Library of Congress gave my first book 11 subject headings, I think. But it’s humbling to have Writing with Scissors placed with the work of environmental activists like Rob Nixon, innovative scholars of colonialism and empire, like Claudia Sadowski-Smith and Silvia Spitta, and people who dig into the culture of objects and design things, like Prasad Boradkar, and innovative thinkers about art like Ron Broglio. If you’re in the Phoenix area, do come. I’ll be speaking Oct. 9, 4 pm.

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Writing with Scissors wins Transdisciplinary Book Award

I’m thrilled to officially announce that Writing with Scissors has won the Institute for Humanities Research (Arizona State University)’s Transdisciplinary Humanities Book Award. The award honors a nonfiction work that exemplifies transdisciplinary, socially engaged humanities-based scholarship. What an honor to have my book described that way! The award committee writes, “Garvey’s book provides a novel take on our familiar national history, recounting events, both major and minor, as told by the individuals who lived them and recorded them in their scrapbooks.” I’m looking forward to giving a talk at the award ceremony, Oct. 9, 4-5:30.

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.