Inside Higher Ed is pleased to announce that The Poems of T.S. Eliot, edited by Christopher Ricks and Jim McCue (Johns Hopkins University Press), is the winner of the first #IHEreaderschoice award for the university press book of 2015 that would make the best holiday gift for someone in academe.
More than 300 books were nominated on Twitter and Facebook, and more than 1,350 votes were cast. Inside Higher Ed will now conduct a drawing of those who voted for the winning book and we'll be shipping copies of it to five of the voters. Watch Twitter to see the winners announced. The book will also be on display at the Inside Higher Ed booth at the Modern Language Association meeting in Austin, Texas, early next year.
Runners-up (in order): The New York Young Lords and the Struggle for Liberation, by Darrel Wanzer-Serrano (Temple University Press); In the Name of Editorial Freedom: 125 Years at the Michigan Daily, edited by Stephanie Steinberg (University of Michigan Press); Letters to Santa Claus, by the Elves (Indiana University Press); How to Write a Thesis, by Umberto Eco (MIT Press). Scott McLemee wrote about How to Write a Thesis for Inside Higher Ed in March.
This was our first #IHEreaderschoice and we welcome suggestions on how to enhance the contest next year -- send ideas to Scott Jaschik.
Congratulations to all who entered and especially to the editors of The Poems of T.S. Eliot and Hopkins Press for their win. If you are still looking for last-minute holiday gifts for the academics in your life, check out the winners and all the entries at #IHEreaderschoice.