PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University Press books “Captured Honor: POW Survival in the Philippines and Japan” and “The Oil Prince” have been selected as two of only 21 “Best of the Best of the University Presses: Books You Should Know About.”

The presentation of the two books will be made June 26 by members of the Public Library Association and the American Association of School Libraries at the American Library Association Conference. The WSU Press titles will also be featured in the 2004 “University Press Books Selected for Public and Secondary School Libraries,” an annual collection development bibliography containing some 500 titles, produced by the Association of American University Presses.

To be selected, titles were subjected to an intense review by the 2003-2004 University Press Books Committee, which consists of librarians with expertise in various fields, including art, literature, history, reference and memoirs. Each committee member evaluated works in his or her specialty area.

”Captured Honor, by Bob Wodnik of Everett, depicts the agonizing experiences suffered by American prisoners of war held in Japanese concentration camps during World War II. “The Oil Prince,” an action-packed western set in 1860s Arizona, is a translation of the tale originally written in German by Karl May, the most-read German author of all time.

WSU Press books are available at bookstores or can be ordered directly from WSU Press by calling (800) 354-7360 or through its Web site at www.wsupress.wsu.edu. Shipping charges apply.

WSU Press is associated with WSU, located in Pullman. It publishes scholarly books with a cultural or historical relationship to the Pacific Northwest.