The University of Alabama Press is proud to announce that five of its books have recently won awards.

The Poisoned Chalice: Eucharistic Grape Juice and Common-Sense Realism in Victorian Methodism by Jennifer L. Woodruff Tait won the 2012 Saddlebag Selection from the Historical Society of the United Methodist Church

The Voice of the River: A Novel by Melanie Rae Thon won the 2012 Gina Berriault Memorial Award from Fourteen Hills, the literary magazine produced in the MFA program at San Francisco State University

Unknown Waters: A First-Hand Account of the Historic Under-ice Survey of the Siberian Continental Shelf by USS Queenfish (SSN-651) by Alfred S. McLaren won the 2012 Explorer’s Club Medal from The Explorer’s Club

The Perfect Lion: The Life and Death of Confederate Artillerist John Pelham by Jerry H. Maxwell won the 2011 General Nathan Bedford Forrest History Book Award from the Forrest Cavalry Corps Chapter of the Sons of Confederate Soldiers, Tennessee Division

Thirteen Loops: Race, Violence, and the Last Lynching in America by B. J. Hollars won the 2012 Adult Nonfiction Award from the Society of Midland Authors

These books are available from the Press’s website at, or wherever good books are sold.

The University of Alabama Press, celebrating more than 65 years of fine publishing, is one of the largest publishers in the South. It publishes between 70 and 75 books a year in archaeology, military history, Judaic studies, literary criticism, communication, sports, Civil Rights, religion, southern history, and regional topics.