Celebration of Books


Scholarship in the humanities is one of KU’s areas of research excellence. Faculty in the humanities here at KU are outstanding scholars and widely respected across and beyond the United States. They produce a steady stream of books and journal articles with major presses; each year they give dozens of conference presentations across the globe.

This annual event celebrates the books published by KU faculty in the humanities, arts, and social sciences. This celebration will take place in Monday, March 4, from 4:00 - 6:00 PM, and will feature a reception and a brief program with a selection of authors discussing their work.

Submissions for inclusion in the next Celebration of Books are due no later than Friday, Dec. 15, 2023, to ensure that we list your title in our spring Humanities for All publication, however, submissions for the program itself will be accepted up to March 1, 2024.

Eligible works:

  1. Sole or co-authored books of scholarship and/or creative work
  2. Sole or co-edited volumes
  3. Translations
  4. Editions of classic works in which the editor contributes a substantial, original scholarly interpretation (as evidenced by introductory text and extensive notes)
  5. Expanded and revised editions of previously published work
  6. Equivalent achievements in the fine arts

The following works are NOT eligible:

  1. Edited journals, including special issues
  2. Articles appearing in a volume edited by others
  3. Journal articles

Please submit your titles, along with the names of any additional authors or editors, date of publication, and publisher, to the Hall Center via the Celebration of Books - Submissions Form. Contact the Hall Center at hchcom@ku.edu if you have questions.

*Please note:  Occasionally, there are difficulties with works initially scheduled for a certain publication date that are subsequently delayed until the following year.  If this occurs after you have submitted your book information to the Hall Center, please notify us immediately and then be sure to submit your work for the next year’s Celebration. Likewise, if you are certain of a release date in 2023, even though the copyright notice will read 2024, please submit your work for the Celebration of 2023 books.

Did you publish a book in 2023?