The UWI Regional Headquarters, Jamaica. W.I. Friday, July 2, 2021. — The University of the West Indies Press (UWI Press) is pleased to announce that four of its published books have recently earned recognition by international publishing awards.
On June 9, two UWI Press books were announced among the bronze medallists when the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY Awards) declared its annual winners.
Beyond Homophobia: Centring LGBTQ Experiences in the Anglophone Caribbean edited by Moji Anderson and Erin C. MacLeod was selected as the bronze medallist in the LGBTQ+ Non-Fiction category, and Revivalism: Representing an Afro-Jamaican Identity by Maria A. Robinson-Smith also received bronze in the Religion (Eastern/Western) category.
The IPPY Awards are the longest-running unaffiliated publishing awards contest, open exclusively to independent presses. The 2021 Awards drew over 4,500 entries, and medals have been awarded to authors and publishers from 46 US states and seven Canadian provinces, with winners also coming from UK and Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, France, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, Jamaica and Malawi. A complete list of winners of the IPPY Awards can be found here.
On June 29, the American Book Fest announced the winners and finalists for its 2021 International Book Awards, which saw three UWI Press books on the prestigious list. Here, Beyond Homophobia: Centring LGBTQ Experiences in the Anglophone Caribbean edited by Moji Anderson and Erin C. MacLeod, was named as a finalist in the LGBTQ Non-Fiction category. Plantation Coffee in Jamaica, 1790-1848 by Kathleen E.A. Monteith, was named as a finalist in the History: General category and Stuart Hall by Annie Paul was named as a finalist in the Biography: General category. The complete list of winners and finalists of the American Book Fest 2021 International Book Awards can be accessed here.
Over the past two and a half decades, UWI Press books and authors have received over 100 local, national and international awards and recognitions. These awards have been given for scholarly, editorial, design, production, and marketing excellence.
The UWI Press and wider university community congratulate the authors on their sterling contributions to global literary excellence.