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University Press of Kentucky Receives Edgar Allan Poe Award

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Cover detail of "Hitchcock and the Censors"

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 14, 2020) — University Press of Kentucky release “Hitchcock and the Censors” by John Billheimer is the recipient of the Mystery Writers of America 2020 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Critical/Biography.

The Edgar Allan Poe Awards honor the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction and television published or produced in the past year. This year, the Edgar Awards were presented live on Twitter.

“The University Press of Kentucky is thrilled to be honored with the Edgar Allan Poe Award,” shared director Ashley Runyon. “We have a long history of excellent film titles and John Billheimer’s new book is a terrific example of the high quality publications in our prestigious Screen Classics series.”

The University Press of Kentucky is the scholarly publisher for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, representing a consortium that includes all of the state universities, five private colleges and two historical societies. The press’ editorial program focuses on the humanities and the social sciences. Offices for the administrative, editorial, production and marketing departments of the press are found at the University of Kentucky, which provides financial support toward operating and publishing expenses.​

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.