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THE CIVIC CYCLES receives Best New Book Award in Early Drama Studies

Nicole R. Rice and Margaret Aziza Pappano received The 2016 David Bevington Award for Best New Book in Early Drama Studies for their study The Civic Cycles: Artisan Drama and Identity in Premodern England. Rice is associate professor of English at St. John’s University, and Pappano is associate professor of English at Queen’s University.

The citation for the award from the Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society says: Rice and Pappano’s principal point is that while archival study has focused for the past quarter century on the records of the plays themselves, we cannot ignore civic and guild records which do not pertain directly to the plays, for they provide a context for the composition and performance of these plays. They also provide a useful answer to the niggling question of where the field of early English drama goes once the

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TIMES BEACH wins Northern California Book Award

John Shoptaw, author of Times Beach, received the 2016 Northern California Book Award in Poetry. Shoptaw teaches at the University of California, Berkeley, and published an earlier book of criticism titled On the Outside Looking Out: John Ashbery’s Poetry. Times Beach received the Notre Dame Review Book Prize in 2015. Robert Hass, poet laureate of the United States (1995–1997) and author of The Apple Trees at Olema: New and Selected Poems, said: “Times Beach is, like most interesting American books, an original. It’s about a place, the watershed of the Mississippi River,...

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