Corinna Zeltsman's Book "Ink Under the Fingernails" Wins Multiple Book Prizes

November 16, 2022
Corinna Zeltsman with her book Ink Under the Fingernails

Corinna Zeltsman's book Ink Under the Fingernails: Printing Politics in Nineteenth-Century Mexico has been awarded three prizes in addition to being named Honorable Mention for a fourth and making the shortlist for a fifth.

Ink Under the Fingernails won the 2022 Murdo J. Macleod Book Prize from the Southern Historical Association, Latin American and Caribbean Section. This prize recognizes the best book published in the previous year in the fields of Latin America, Caribbean, American Borderlands and Frontiers, or Atlantic World history.

In the prize citation, the committee called Ink Under the Fingernails "a theoretically sophisticated, deeply researched, and beautifully written account of the politics of the printshop in nineteenth-century Mexico... Exploring issues of state formation and political culture, Ink Under the Fingernails centers the manual and intellectual labors of the press."

In addition, Zeltsman's book was awarded the 2022 Howard F. Cline Prize in Mexican History from the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), which recognizes an outstanding book of major importance to the development of the field of Mexican history, published in English or Spanish. LASA also awarded her book with the 2022 Best Book in Social Sciences prize from the Mexico Section and an Honorable Mention from the Nineteenth Century Section.

Ink Under the Fingernails also made the shortlist for the 2022 George A. and Jeanne S. DeLong Book History Book Prize from the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP).