PULLMAN, Wash. — Three books published by Washington State University Press recently received nationally recognized awards. The books include:
By University of Idaho’s Rodney Frey
Awarded the Evans Handcart Award
The prize is issued by Utah State University’s Mountain West Center for Regional Studies for the best of research and writing in biographies, autobiographies and memoirs focusing on stories of people who have shaped the character of the Interior West. In his groundbreaking book, Frey applies indigenous learning and teaching styles, supplying a model for engaging with indigenous peoples and hoping to help others become effective cultural researchers and teachers.
By Bellingham, Washington, author Candace Wellman
Awarded the 2018 WILLA Literary Award
Women Writing the West declared the title as winner of the scholarly nonfiction category. A team of professional librarians, historians and university affiliated educators selected the book as representing the best of 2017 published scholarly nonfiction literature for women’s or girl’s stories set in the American West. Completing research many thought would be impossible, Wellman was able to profile four intermarried indigenous women who lived in the mid-1800s and left a lasting legacy in their Puget Sound communities. Wellman and her book will be honored Oct. 25‑27 in Walla Walla, Washington, at the organization’s 24th annual conference.
By prize-winning broadcast journalist and author Jim Compton
Honorable mention in the 20th annual Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards
Honorably mentioned in a pool of more than 2,000 titles spread across 65 genres, Spirit in the Rock tells the story of the 1873 Modoc War—the most expensive Indian conflict in American history, and the only one in which a general — E. R. S. Canby — was killed. “As soon as we read the manuscript, we knew we had a winner. Jim Compton captured the war’s personalities and events in a riveting narrative that reads like a novel. It was a privilege to publish it,” WSU Press editor-in-chief Robert Clark said.
All three titles are available through bookstores nationwide or direct from WSU Press at 800-354-7360 or online at wsupress.wsu.edu. A nonprofit academic publisher associated with WSU in Pullman, Washington, WSU Press concentrates on telling unique, focused stories of the Northwest.