AU Press may only have been launched a mere five months ago, but this fledgling open-access press is already making its mark. Its first offering, The Importance of Being Monogamous by Sarah Carter, has been named to the long list for the Cundill International Prize in History.
This prestigious international prize was established at McGill University by renowned investment manager Peter Cundill. It is the world’s largest prize for historical non-fiction literature. The winner will be announced on November 25 and will receive the Canadian equivalent of $75,000 USD.
The long list of 15 titles was selected from 171 entries. The books represent 75 publishing houses worldwide, and The Importance of Being Monogamous (a co-publication of AU Press and the University of Alberta Press) is the only title that deals with a Canadian subject.
Author Sarah Carter is the H.M. Tory Chair and Professor in the Department of History and Classics, and the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.
?I would say It’s stunningly amazing that a press like ours can make a list for an international prize as big and prestigious as this one,? said Walter Hildebrandt, Director of Athabasca University Press. ?To be on the same list with the likes of Yale, Harvard and Oxford is really quite gratifying and speaks well to the importance of Sarah’s book.?
All AU Press electronic publications are available free on the Internet. To find out more about this unique initiative, Canada’s only open-access scholarly press, visit their website today.