Awards_05_Pittman authorCraig Pittman has been named the 2020 Literary Legend by the Florida Heritage Book Festival. Pittman’s books include The Scent of Scandal: Greed, Betrayal, and the World’s Most Beautiful Orchid, Manatee Insanity: Inside the War over Florida’s Most Famous Endangered Species, and Paving Paradise: Florida’s Vanishing Wetlands and the Failure of No Net Loss.


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03282018172013_500x500Drawn to the Deep: The Remarkable Underwater Explorations of Wes Skiles, by Julie Hauserman, is the 2019 National Outdoor Book Awards winner in the history/biography category. Drawn to the Deep celebrates the life of Wes Skiles, an extraordinary adventurer who braved extreme danger to share the hidden beauty and environmental truths of the planet with others. The National Outdoor Book Awards (NOBA) is the outdoor world’s largest and most prestigious book award program.


Arts of Korea: Histories, Challenges, and Perspectives, edited by Jason Steuber and Allysa B. Peyton, won the Art Libraries Society of North America Southeast Chapter 2019 LoPresti Award for best scholarly publication. This brilliantly illustrated volume assembles the perspectives of art historians, critics, curators, and museum directors from major universities and museums around the world. The LoPresti Award recognizes and encourages excellence in art publications issued in the Southeastern United States.


Madagascar from A to Z: Madagasikara, A ka hatramin’ny Z, with text by Grace Gibson and illustrations by Soleil Nguyen, won the Art Libraries Society of North America Southeast Chapter 2019 LoPresti Award for best children’s book. Madagascar from A to Z is a children’s alphabet book written in English and translated into Malagasy. Published by the LibraryPress@UF, the book exemplifies a deep collaboration among the University of Florida library, undergraduates, library faculty, and Malagasy colleagues.


The History of Human Space Flight by Ted Spitzmiller won the gold medal in the history category of the Military Writers Society of America awards. Highlighting men and women across the globe who have dedicated themselves to pushing the limits of space exploration, this book surveys the programs, technological advancements, medical equipment, and automated systems that have made space travel possible.

01242018143617_500x500Key to the New World: A History of Early Colonial Cuba by Luis Martínez-Fernández won first place in the category Best History Book in English at the 2019 International Latino Book Awards. Key to the New World is the first comprehensive history of early colonial Cuba written in English and fills the gap in our knowledge of the island before 1700. The International Latino Book Awards recognize greatness and quality in publishing by and about Latinos.

“Pedro Pan: The Cuban Children’s Exodus” received the 2019 award for best documentary feature film at the 2019 New York City International Films Infest Festival. This documentary draws on the expertise of Victor Andres Triay, author of Fleeing Castro: Operation Pedro Pan and the Cuban Children’s Program and The Mariel Boatlift: A Cuban-American Journey.

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Three UPF books have been named Choice Outstanding Academic Titles for 2019.

Amphibians and Reptiles of Florida
by Kenneth L. Krysko, Kevin M. Enge, and Paul E. Moler

“This work of in-depth scholarship should become a classic reference for the region.”—Choice


10312018135819_500x500The Nature of Plants: An Introduction to How Plants Work by Craig N. Huegel 

“This book is a refreshing attempt at “keeping it real,” teaching plant sciences where they should be taught: outdoors. The engagingly written prose is reminiscent of an enthusiastic teacher.” – Choice


11212017141610_500x500Virginia Woolf, the War Without, the War Within: Her Final Diaries and the Diaries She Read by Barbara Lounsberry

“Lounsberry uses these [diaries] to demonstrate that as fascism flourished and dear friends died, diaries—as a lifeline and a path forward—became integral to both Woolf’s doing and her undoing. . . . Essential.”—Choice



CJ France_0Catherine M. Jones has been named a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the government of France. The Ordre des Palmes Académiques is a national order which recognizes individuals who have contributed greatly to French national education and culture. Jones’s books include An Introduction to the Chansons de Geste and An Old French Trilogy: Texts from the William of Orange Cycle (Available in July).

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These winning books—and all other UPF books—are available at discount prices in our holiday sale! Visit and use code XM19 at checkout for up to 40% off your order and $1 per book shipping. Orders over $50 will receive a free UPF tote bag while supplies last. Order by December 16, 2019.

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