The University of Texas Press, a division of the Office of the Provost at The University of Texas at Austin, has received a PROSE award for excellence in professional and scholarly publishing from the Association of American Publishers' (AAP) Professional and Scholarly Publishing division for a book published in 2009.
The AAP is the principal trade association of the United States' book publishing industry, representing publishers throughout the United States.
"The PROSE awards are unusual in that they are given to the publisher for distinction in publishing, not to the author," said Joanna Hitchcock, director of the University of Texas Press. She said more than 440 entries were submitted this year from about 60 professional and scholarly publishers.
The award was for "Edna Ferber's Hollywood: American Fictions of Gender, Race, and History," written by J. E. Smyth. It was recognized as the best book published in the field of media and cultural studies. University of Texas at Austin Professor Thomas Shatz, Department of Radio-Television-Film, is the editor of the Texas Film and Media Studies Series, in which this book appears.
The University of Texas Press also received an honorable mention in the category of architecture and urban planning for "Delirious New Orleans: Manifesto for an Extraordinary American City," written by Stephen Verderber.
The University of Texas Press publishes about 100 books and 12 journals annually and has published more than 2,000 academic and trade books since it was founded nearly 60 years ago.