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NU Press named Independent Publisher of the Year

Lincoln, Neb. (May 29, 2009) -- The University of Nebraska Press was named ForeWord Magazine's Independent Publisher of 2008 on Friday in New York at Book Expo America, the publishing industry's largest trade show.

During the prestigious ForeWord Book of the Year awards ceremony, ForeWord Magazine Publisher Victoria Sutherland called the University of Nebraska Press "a publisher that excelled in its role of keeper of the cultural heritage, a university publisher that has deliberately made a place for itself in the world of trade as the curator of consistently wonderful books in several special markets."

Those markets include literary translation -- the University of Nebraska Press translated both a novel and a short story collection by J.M.G. Le Clézio years prior to his winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2008, and will translate another of Le Clézio's short story collections next year. The University of Nebraska Press is also the publisher of award-winning fiction, memoir, history, poetry, Indigenous studies, and sports history, particularly baseball.

"This is a huge honor for the University of Nebraska Press, and one that we're very proud of, given there are many fine independent presses out there," said UNP director Donna Shear. "It's a testament to our authors and editors, and to everyone who works at the Press."

This is the second year that ForeWord Magazine, which is devoted to covering independent and university presses, has given the award.

Two University of Nebraska Press books were also recognized during the ceremony. The Wide Open: Prose, Poetry, and Photographs of the Prairie (Nebraska, 2008), edited by Annick Smith and Susan O'Connor, won the Gold Award in the anthology category; and Good Neighbors, Bad Times: Echoes of My Father's German Village (Nebraska, 2008), by Mimi Schwartz, won the Bronze Award in the autobiography and memoir category.

About the University of Nebraska Press: Founded in 1941, the University of Nebraska Press (UNP) is a nonprofit scholarly and general interest press that publishes 160 new and reprint titles annually under the Nebraska and Bison Books imprints respectively, along with 20 journals. As the largest and most diversified university press between Chicago and California, with nearly 3,000 books in print, the University of Nebraska Press is best known for publishing works in Indigenous studies, history and literature of the American West, literary translation, and sports history. The UNP has also had a long-standing dedication to making available the best literature from around the world. With nearly 200 translated titles currently in print from five different languages, including two titles by J.M.G. Le Clézio, the 2008 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, the number and breadth of translated titles has distinguished UNP as one of the largest, most active American publishers of translated work.

A distinctive member of the University of Nebraska community, UNP supports the missions of research, teaching, and service. In addition, UNP's sustained commitment to publications on the peoples, culture, and heritage of Nebraska reflects decades of service to its home state. Learn more about UNP at