August 30, 2013

SIU Press works earn recognition, awards

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- SIU Press, the book-publishing arm of Southern Illinois University, earned several awards during the summer -- including recognition for a Shawnee National Forest travel guidebook.

The American Library Association named “20 Day Trips in and around the Shawnee National Forest” by Larry P. and Donna J. Mahan as “The Best Travel Guide of the Year.” 

The guidebook also garnered positive reviews on Amazon and in the “Illinois Times,” where reviewers praised the easy-to-use format -- particularly the inclusion of short cuts, best views suggestions and QR code links to Google Maps. Though the guidebook focuses on outdoor adventure, the authors included stops in the small towns near the Shawnee National Forest to make the guide useful even for those who don’t choose to hike.

The guidebook is part of the Shawnee Book series of local interest publications. 

Several Lincoln-themed books also won awards and recognition recently:

            •  The American Library Association named “Lincoln and Medicine,” by Glenna R. Schroeder-Lein, part of the Concise Lincoln Library Series, as one of the “13 Best of the Best University Press Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries.”

            • “Making Sense of the Constitution: A Primer on the Supreme Court and Its Struggle to Apply Our Fundamental Law,” by Walter Frank, earned an “Outstanding” rating from the American Library Association.

            • The Illinois State Historical Society named “Giant in the Shadows: The Life of Robert T. Lincoln,” by Jason Emerson, its Book of the Year.

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SIU Press publishes trade and general interest books, specializing in Lincoln, the Civil War, regional history in Southern Illinois and Chicago, the Crab Orchard poetry series, and scholarly books, specializing in theater, film, rhetoric and composition, aviation, botany and Dewey studies (pertaining to American philosopher John Dewey).