The University Press of Florida proudly presents our

most recent award-winning titles and authors!


Attracting Birds to South Florida Gardens by James A. Kushlan and Kirsten Hines won the 2015 Florida Authors & Publishers Association President’s Book Award for the ‘Home & Garden’ category.  This book provides practical, ecologically sound advice for creating landscapes that will appeal to the many birds that can be found in the region.




Carrie Dilley won the 2015 Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians Publication Award for Thatched Roofs and Open Sides: The Architecture of Chickees and Their Changing Role in Seminole Society.

This book reveals the design, construction, history, and cultural significance of the chickee, the unique Seminole structure made of palmetto and cypress. According to SESAH, Dilley shows how architectural history can help people “gain a more secure consciousness of their own heritage and its expression in built form.”



Constructing Histories: Archaic Freshwater Shell Mounds and Social Landscapes of the St. Johns River, Florida by Asa R. Randall was selected as an Honorable Mention for the 2016 Southern Anthropological Society James Mooney Award. The Mooney Award recognizes distinguished anthropological scholarship on the South and Southerners.

This pioneering volume presents an alternate history from which emerge rich details about the daily activities, ceremonies, and burial rituals of the archaic St. Johns River cultures.



Nels Pearson won the 2015 American Conference for Irish Studies Donald Murphy Prize for Distinguished First Book for Irish Cosmopolitanism: Location and Dislocation in James Joyce, Elizabeth Bowen, and Samuel Beckett.

Looking at the writing of three Irish expatriates who lived in Trieste, London, and Paris, Nels Pearson challenges conventional critical trends that view their work as either affirming Irish anti-colonial sentiment or embracing international identity.



Unequal Freedoms by Jeff Strickland was a finalist for the 2015 South Carolina Historical Society George C. Rogers Jr. Award, which recognizes the best book on South Carolina history. Strickland examines how German and Irish immigrants in Charleston were both agents of change during the transition from slavery to freedom, as well as embodiments of that change.




Arva Moore Parks won the 2016 Florida Historical Society Charlton Tebeau Award, given to a general-interest book on a Florida history topic, for her book George Merrick, Son of the South Wind: Visionary Creator of Coral Gables. With access to the Merrick family and his personal letters, documents, speeches, and manuscripts, Parks presents the remarkable story of George Merrick and the development of one of the nation’s most iconic planned cities.

This award is particularly meaningful to Parks because Tebeau was the person who inspired her to become a Florida historian.


Fifty Years of Justice: A History of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida by James M. Denham received the 2016 Florida Historical Society Rembert Patrick Award for a scholarly book on a Florida history topic.

This book presents the fascinating history of the U.S. Middle District Court of Florida from its founding in 1962 to the present. From desegregation to discrimination, trafficking to terrorism, litigation in these courtrooms has shaped and shaken both state and nation.



Tameka Bradley Hobbs won the 2016 Florida Historical Society Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Award for Democracy Abroad, Lynching at Home: Racial Violence in Florida. Investigating this dark period of the state’s history and focusing on a rash of anti-black violence that took place during the 1940s, Hobbs explores the reasons why lynchings continued in Florida when they were starting to wane elsewhere.

The award recognizes an outstanding book relating to Florida’s ethnic groups or dealing with a significant social issue from a historical perspective.




Congratulations to all of our award-winning authors!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s