Three WSU Press books receive national awards

Individual closeups of Frey, Wellman and Compton.
Frey, Wellman, Compton l-r

PULLMAN, Wash. — Three books published by Washington State University Press recently received nationally recognized awards. The books include:

  • Carry Forth the Stories: An Ethnographer’s Journey into Native Oral Tradition

    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.

  • Peace Weavers: Uniting the Salish Coast Through Cross-Cultural Marriages

    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.

  • Spirit in the Rock: The Fierce Battle for Modoc Homelands

    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 A nonprofit academic publisher associated with WSU in Pullman, Washington, WSU Press concentrates on telling unique, focused stories of the Northwest.



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