WASHINGTON, DC — The Phi Beta Kappa Society has today announced the titles of the fifteen books from among those released in 2013 that have been selected to compete for the Society's annual book awards, The Christian Gauss Award, The Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science, and The Ralph Waldo Emerson Award. Each award carries a $10,000 prize and five books are on the short list for each. The winning titles will be announced on October 1, 2014 and their authors will be honored at a gala dinner on December 5, 2014 in Washington, DC, at The National Press Club.
This year the titles on the short lists, listed alphabetically, are:
For The Christian Gauss Award:
- Feeling Beauty: The Neuroscience of Aesthetic Experience, by G. Gabrielle Starr, published by The MIT Press
- The Lady and Her Monsters: A Tale of Dissections, Real-Life Dr. Frankensteins, and the Creation of Mary Shelley's Masterpiece, by Roseanne Montillo, published by William Morrow
- The Lives of the Novel: A History by Thomas G. Pavel, published by Princeton University Press
- The Novel: An Alternative History 1600-1800 by Steven Moore, published by Bloomsbury Academic
- Pimping Fictions: African-American Crime Literature and the Untold Story of Black Pulp Publishing, by Justin Gifford, published by Temple University Press
The Christian Gauss Award is offered for books in the field of literary scholarship or criticism. The prize was established in 1950 to honor the late Christian Gauss, the distinguished Princeton University scholar, teacher and dean who also served as President of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.
The 2013 winner of the Christian Gauss Award was Jane Austen's Cults and Cultures
, by Claudia Johnson, published by The University of Chicago Press. Other previous award winners
have included books written by eminent authors such as Harold Bloom, Christopher Benfey, and Marjorie Garber.
For the Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science:
Since 1959, The Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science has recognized outstanding contributions by scientists to the literature of science. The intent of the award is to encourage literate and scholarly interpretations of the physical and biological sciences and mathematics.
- The Attacking Ocean: The Past, Present, and Future or Rising Sea Levels , by Brian Fagan, published by Bloomsbury Press
- The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among Primates, by Frans de Waal, published by W. W. Norton
- Einstein and the Quantum: The Quest of the Valiant Swabian, by A. Douglas Stone, published by Princeton University Press
- Ginkgo: The Tree that Time Forgot, by Peter Crane, published by Yale University Press
- The Universe in the Rearview Mirror: How Hidden Symmetries Shape Reality, by Dave Goldberg, published by Dutton
The 2013 winner of the Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science was The Signal and the Noise, by Nate Silver, published by Penguin Press. Other previous award winners have included books written by notable scientists such as James Gleick, Brian Greene, and Stephen Jay Gould.
For The Ralph Waldo Emerson Award:
- A Call to Arms: Mobilizing America for World War II, by Maury Klein, published by Bloomsbury Press
- Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition, by David Nirenberg, published by W. W. Norton
- Making Toleration: The Repealers and the Glorious Revolution, by Scott Sowerby, published by Harvard University Press
- Pliny and the Artistic Culture of the Italian Renaissance: The Legacy of the “Natural History,” by Sarah Blake McHam, published by Yale University Press
- Shores of Knowledge: New World Discoveries and the Scientific Imagination, by Joyce Appleby, published by W.W. Norton
Established in 1960, The Ralph Waldo Emerson Award honors scholarly studies that contribute significantly to interpretations of the intellectual and cultural condition of humanity, including works in the fields of history, philosophy and religion as well as such fields as anthropology and the social sciences.
The 2013 winner of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Award was Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher
, by Timothy Egan, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Other previous award winners
have included books written by eminent authors such as Timothy Snyder, Jill Lepore, and David Levering Lewis.