Sacred Darkness: A Global Perspective on the Ritual Use of Caves, edited by Holley Moyes
2014 Choice Outstanding Academic Title
"Sacred Darkness brings together an international group of scholars to explore the potential of multidisciplinary research for deciphering the meaning of the dark spaces of caves in ancient societies. Scholars with years of experience beneath the earth bring us up-to-date on the latest thinking on an often-neglected subject. This perceptively edited volume is certain to become a standard work on the subject."
—Brian Fagan, author of Elixir and Cro-Magnon
Technologies of Wonder: Rhetorical Practice in a Digital World, by Susan H. Delagrange
2013 CCCC Outstanding Book Award
Technologies of Wonder considers the theoretical and pedagogical implications of designing academic scholarship in interactive digital media and proposes renewed emphasis on embodied visual rhetoric and on the canon of arrangement as an active visual practice. This project uses the concept of the Wunderkammer to argue for techné and wonder as guiding principles for a revitalized visual canon of arrangement and as new models of invention and intervention in multimodal scholarly production. Technologies of Wonder also presents examples of how this rhetoric of inquiry can be applied to multimodal projects in the classroom. New digital technologies offer viable alternatives to linear, less embodied traditions of academic scholarship.
Coal in Our Veins: A Personal Journey, by Erin Ann Thomas
2012 Evans Biography and Handcart Award (awarded in 2013)
In a journey of discovery that takes her from Wales to West Virginia and from Washington to Carbon County, Utah, Erin Thomas explores the meaning of coal. She writes with a journalist's determination and a memoirist's eye for detail, weaving a narrative of the twin destinies of coal and her family.
Yellowstone Wildlife: Ecology and Natural History of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, by Paul A. Johnsgard with photographs by Thomas D. Mangelsen; designed by Daniel Pratt
2014 Southwest Book Design Award, Trade Book Illustrated
"Breathtaking, beautiful, and broad in scope, this book brings heart and head together, setting a high standard for future nature writing."
Soils, Climate, and Society, edited by John D. Wingard and Sue Eileen Hayes; designed by Daniel Pratt
2014 Southwest Book Design Award, Scholarly and Technical
Soils, Climate, and Society traces the origins of agriculture, the transition to agrarian societies, the sociocultural implications of agriculture, agriculture's effects on population, and the theory of carrying capacity, considering the relation of agriculture to the profound social changes that it wrought in the New World.
Books, Bluster, and Bounty: Local Politics and Intermountain West Carnegie Library Building Grants, 1898? 1920, by Susan H. Swetnam
Idaho Library Association's Book of the Year for 2012
"Serious and solid research that looks at the history of the Intermountain West through the eyes of communities aiming for grants from Andrew Carnegie to build public libraries. . . . Swetnam recreates the debates in various communities?debates that reflect many contemporary debates about the proper use of public funds."
—Association for Mormon Letters