ASA Announces Winners of the 2008 Melville J. Herskovits Award

The African Studies Association has announced the winners of the 2008 Melville J. Herskovits Award for the best books in African Studies published in 2007.
The winners are Linda M. Heywood and John K. Thornton, Central Africans, Atlantic Creoles, and the Foundation of the Americas, 1585-1660 (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and Parker Shipton, The Nature of Entrustment: Intimacy, Exchange, and the Sacred in Africa (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007). Both books are available in the Libraries’ collections.
The Libraries also own all of the books receiving honorable mention, including: David Anderson, Susan Beckerleg, Degol Hailu, and Axel Klein, The Khat Controversy: Stimulating Debate on Drugs (Berg, 2007); Jean-Paul Azam, Trade, Exchange Rate, and Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2007); Ruth Finnegan, The Oral and Beyond: Doing Things with Words in Africa (University of Chicago Press, 2007); Kenda Mutongi, Worries of the Heart: Widows, Family, and Community in Kenya (University of Chicago Press, 2007); Kai Kresse, Philosophising in Mombasa: Knowledge, Islam and Intellectual Practice On the Swahili Coast (Edinburgh University Press, 2007). Use infoLINK, the library catalog, to check for availability and call numbers.