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PRESS RELEASE: No Place for a Woman by Mike Pride earns the inaugural New Hampshire PBS Award for Literary Excellence

Jan 11th, 2024


January 11, 2024
For Immediate Release



KENT, Ohio, (January 11, 2024) – The Kent State University Press is proud to announce that Mike Pride’s No Place for a Woman: Harriet Dame’s Civil War has been awarded the first New Hampshire PBS Award for Literary Excellence in the Biennial New Hampshire Literary Awards. A statewide panel of anonymous judges selected the winner from 58 books submitted this year.

The award was created through collaboration between the New Hampshire Writers’ Project and the New Hampshire Public Broadcasting Service (NHPBS), who had previously partnered in 2021 during the release of Ken Burns’ HEMINGWAY documentary. “Our award recognizes a New Hampshire writer who inspires and contributes to the elevation of humanity through storytelling,” said Dawn DeAngelis, NHPBS Vice President and Chief Content Officer. “Mike Pride did this throughout his life, but especially in No Place for a Woman. It reveals the story of a woman with tremendous strength, courage and fortitude. Pride wove a narrative that truly elevates our understanding of history and ourselves and was selected as our winner for his skill at making history come alive.”

An award-winning journalist, Mike Pride served as managing editor and then as editor of the New Hampshire newspaper the Concord Monitor for more than 30 years until his retirement in 2008. From 2014–2017, he served as the administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes. He wrote, co-wrote, or edited 8 books; No Place for a Woman, his last book, was published just months before his death in April 2023.

No Place for a Woman was published as part of the Interpreting the Civil War series from the Kent State University Press. Series editor Angela Zombek is proud to have played a part in its release. “Renowned journalist Mike Pride, in masterful prose, details Dame’s travels with the Second New Hampshire Volunteers as she nursed the wounded after significant battles including Second Bull Run, Gettysburg, and Cold Harbor,” she said. “This chronicle of Dame’s Civil War service appeals not only to scholars as it makes a significant contribution to studies of gender and the war, but her life story, as told by Pride, also has broad popular appeal.”

The New Hampshire Literary Awards are selected by an independent network of New Hampshire teachers, librarians, and readers dedicated to honoring published works about New Hampshire or written by New Hampshire natives or residents.

The New Hampshire Writers’ Project <> is a nonprofit literary arts organization whose mission is to support and nurture New Hampshire’s writers and literary heritage.

New Hampshire PBS <> is a member-funded educational nonprofit that broadcasts television programming, produces online content, visits classroom, and sponsors events to serve the state of New Hampshire.

The Kent State University Press aims to advance knowledge through publishing, specializing in books on the Civil War, abolitionism and anti-slavery, and literary studies, as well as regional titles on the Midwest and Northeast Ohio. To find out more about the Press and this award-winning book, visit the website: <>


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