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Professor Wins Nonfiction Book Award

Posted on | September 16, 2011 | Comments Off on Professor Wins Nonfiction Book Award

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Mānoa Associate Professor of American Studies Robert Perkinson won the John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction for his 2010 book, Texas Tough: The Rise of America’s Prison Empire. The award from the PEN American Center honors books of notable literary merit that offer critical perspectives on contemporary issues.

The biennial award honors a literary work that “possess the qualities of intellectual rigor, perspicuity of expression, and stylistic elegance conspicuous in the writings of author and economist John Kenneth Galbraith, whose four dozen books and countless other publications continue to provide an important and incisive commentary on the American social, intellectual and political scene.”

In addition to the PEN/Kenneth Galbraith Award, the book also garnered a PASS Award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency and a Frederick Jackson Turner Award honorable mention from the Organization of American Historians.

Read the news release.