Awards: Pritzker, Orwell, CLiPPA Winners

Military historian and author Dennis Showalter has won the $100,000 2018 Pritzker Military Museum & Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing.

Showalter is the author of more than 16 books, including Tannenberg: Clash of Empires, Patton and Rommel: Men of War in the 20th Century, Armor and Blood: Kursk, 1943, Frederick the Great: A Military History, The Wars of German Unification and Instrument of War: The German Army 1914-18. His latest book, coming in September, written with Joseph P. Robinson and Janet A. Robinson, is The German Failure in Belgium, August 1914.

Showalter is professor emeritus at Colorado College and a former president, vice president, and trustee of the Society for Military History. He has served as editor or editor in chief for a variety of military history journals and book series, including Oxford Bibliographies: Military History. He has also won the Samuel Eliot Morrison Achievement Award from the Society for Military History and the American Historical Association Paul Birdsall Prize.

The awards organizers said that Showalter "has gained recognition for his research demonstrating the interrelationship between the military and civil society." Chair of the selection committee John Rowe also praised Showalter's "long and brilliant record of writing, especially about World Wars I and II."

Museum & Library founder and chair Jennifer N. Pritzker, a retired colonel in the Illinois National Guard, will present Showalter with the award at the organization's annual Liberty Gala on November 3 in Chicago.


Poverty Safari by Darren McGarvey has won the 2018 Orwell Book Prize, which honors a book that "comes closest to George Orwell's ambition 'to make political writing into an art.' "


Karl Nova won this year's £1,000 (about $1,325) Center for Literacy in Primary Education Children's Poetry Award (CLiPPA) for his debut poetry collection, Rhythm and Poetry. The prize is administered by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education, which sends 350 free copies of the shortlisted books to teachers across the country.

Grace Nichols, a poet and judge of this year's award, said: "This book really stood out for me with its refreshing use of the rap genre, its musicality, its immediacy and thoughtful reflections on the creative process. Karl Nova's poems ring true with a sincere charm that children and young people can relate to and that may inspire their own writing."

Rising Stars, an anthology of poems by Ruth Awolola, Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Abigail Cook, Jay Hulme and Amina Jama, was highly commended.

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