At the 2011 Organization of American Historians annual meeting Danielle L. McGuire's At the Dark End of the Street was given the Frederick Jackson Turner Award which is presented each year to one author in recognition of their first book on some significant phase of American history. Bettye Collier-Thomas's Jesus, Jobs, and Justice received the Darlene Clark Hine Award which is given each year for the best book in African American women's and gender history.
Two Random House authors were honored at the National Book Critics Choice Awards last night in New York City. Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Good Squad was awarded the prize for fiction and Isabel Wilkerson's The Warmth of Other Suns for nonfiction. Also honored for best autobiography was Darin Strauss's Half a Life (paperback forthcoming from Random House in May), and for best biography was Sarah Bakewell's How to Live published by Other Press (distributed by Random House).
The National Book Critics Circle awards honor the best literature published in English in six categoriesautobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Click here for a list of our previous NBCC Award winners.
Five of the ten winners of the National Humanities Medal for 2010 are Random House authors. Bernard Bailyn, Wendell E. Berry, Arnold Rampersad, Philip Roth, and Gordon S. Wood were all named medal recipients by President Barack Obama for their achievements and work in the humanities.
First awarded in 1997, National Humanities Medal "honors individuals or groups whose work has deepened the nation's understanding of the humanities, broadened our citizens' engagement with the humanities, or helped preserve and expand Americans' access to important resources in the humanities."
The Eastern Sociological Society presented Timothy Black, author of When a Heart Turns Rock Solid with the 2011 Mirra Komarovsky Award at their recent annual meeting held in Philadelphia, PA. This award honors the memory of Mirra Komarovsky (1905-1999), a pioneer in the sociology of gender, and is awarded to the best sociology studies title each calendar year.
When a Heart Turns Rock Solid had previously been awarded the Association for Humanist Sociology Award, was an Honorable Mention for the Puerto Rican Studies Association Book Award, and was selected as a Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post.