A book published by Augustana University has won an award for best general history in the Midwest Book Awards from the Midwest Independent Publishers Association.
“The Interior Borderlands: Regional Identity in the Midwest and Great Plains” consists of 20 essays that explore questions of geographical and cultural significance of the Midwest and Great Plains. The book was published by Augustana’s Center for Western Studies.
“Through its Center for Western Studies, Augustana has the distinction of being the only university in South Dakota to have a continuously operating academic press,” executive director Harry Thompson said in a release announcing the award. “For more than forty years, the center has been the publisher of books of enduring value about the region surrounding Augustana, with titles in anthropology, geography, history, business, agriculture, the military, the courts, and the performing and visual arts.”
Contributors to the book teach at colleges and universities in California, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wisconsin and France. Two of the essays are by Augustana Professors Dr. Debbie Hanson, department of English and journalism, and Dr. Michael Mullin, department of history. The book was edited by historian Jon K. Lauck, who is a senior adviser to Sen. John Thune
The 2020 Midwest Book Awards, it’s 30th year, was open to books published and copyrighted in 2019 in MiPA’s 12-state Midwestern region: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. This year’s competition garnered 221 entries in 31 categories, which were judged by a panel of 99 librarians and booksellers from every state in the Midwestern region.
John Wunder of the University of Nebraska, calls this book “special” and notes that it “rivals any and all other North American regional writings. Don’t miss it!” Western historian Richard W. Etulain says this collection “provides another notable contribution to our burgeoning understanding of the American Midwest” and is “a strong source for all readers.”
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