Press Notes: Press Books Win More Awards; Spring & Summer Catalog in Print

January 13, 2011

In late December, the American Catholic Historical Association (ACHA) announced that Rome’s Most Faithful Daughter: The Catholic Church and Independent Poland, 1914–1929, by Neal Pease, won the 2010 John Gilmary Shea Prize for a best book on the history of the Catholic Church. The Shea Prize was formally announced at the ACHA’s annual award lunch at the January 2011 American Historical Association conference, held this year in Boston. The Shea Prize is the second recent book award picked up by Rome’s Most Faithful Daughter; in November it won the Orbis Book Prize for Polish Studies.

In other award-related news, it was also announced in December that Stirring the Pot: A History of African Cuisine was the U.S. winner of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2010 in the category “Best African Cuisine Book.” Stirring the Pot, by James McCann, was the inaugural title in Ohio University Press’s Africa in World History series, published in the fall of 2009.

Lastly, Ohio University Press’s Fall and Winter 2011 catalog was sent out to bookstores, libraries, and book reviewers. A pdf version of the catalog is available at the bottom of the Press’s home page,

Ohio University Press is the largest university press in Ohio, publishing 40–50 books annually on a variety of topics. These books carry the Ohio University name into the world, receiving national and international attention from leading scholarly journals, prominent review media, and prestigious award competitions.

Ohio University Press Titles Published and Promoted since November:

Domestic Violence and the Law in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa, edited by Emily S. Burrill, Richard L. Roberts, and Elizabeth Thornberry. This collection of essays brings historical, anthropological, legal, and activist perspectives on domestic violence in Africa and fosters a deeper understanding of the problem of domestic violence, the limits of international human rights conventions, and local and regional efforts to address the issue.

Viewing African Cinema in the Twenty-first Century: Art Films and the Nollywood Video Revolution, edited by Mahir Şaul and Ralph A. Austen. Books on African cinema have tended to focus on the art cinema tradition that flourished mostly in francophone countries. More recently, a literature adopting a “popular arts” perspective has begun to explore the commercial video films of Nigeria and Ghana. Viewing African Cinema in the Twenty-first Century is the first book to examine both of these film types in a comparative framework.

Resistance on the National Stage: Theater and Politics in Late New Order Indonesia, by Michael H. Bodden. Resistance on the National Stage analyzes the ways in which, between 1985 and 1998, modern theater practitioners in Indonesia contributed to a rising movement of social protest against the long-governing New Order regime of President Suharto.

In recent weeks, Ohio University Press has learned of books and authors having received press from the following places:

Columbus Monthly, Modern Philology, American Historical Review, International Affairs, Law and History Review, Foreign Affairs, Library Journal, Gastronomica, Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Ohio Today, BetumiBlog: African Cookbook Project, Midwest Book Review, Journal of African History, In This Light blog, The Quad-City Times (Davenport, IA), The Daily News (Batavia, NY), Reference–Research Book News, Culinary Institute of America Newswire, American Jewish History, Maplewood Patch, Pacific Affairs, The Journal of American Studies, The Poetry Archive, Ohio Valley Railroads, Shelf Awareness: Daily Enlightenment for the Book Trade, Aseasuk News, Business History Review, Lone Star Book Review, NewPages, Humanities Magazine (Ohio Humanities Council), The Catholic Historical Review, Midwest Book Review, Conservation Biology,, Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies,

Jeff Kallet

  • Cover of ‘Viewing African Cinema in the Twenty-first Century’

  • Cover of ‘Resistance on the National Stage’