Tom Lutz is a Recipient of the 2008 American Book Awards

By Ailsa Zheng, Student Intern of CHASS College Computing
January 22, 2009

Professor Tom Lutz is a recipient of the 2008 American Book Awards for his non-fiction book, Doing Nothing: A History of Loafers, Slackers, and Bums in America. Lutz's book was inspired by the actions of his eighteen-year-old son who decided to take a year off before starting college so he could stay home and loaf around on the couch, causing Lutz to explore the work ethics of himself as a youth, as well as the work of famous slackers throughout our nation's history.

The American Book Awards are awarded by the Before Columbus Foundation in a program that began in 1978. In the words of the foundation itself, the awards are based off a premise that "The only criteria would be outstanding contribution to American literature in the opinion of the judges." There are no biases with regard to race, sex, creed, cultural origin, size of press or ad budget, or even genre. Any piece of literary work is qualified for entry to this contest whether it be a fantasy-fiction, short-story piece written by a Nigerian woman or a 384-page, non-fiction book by an Anglo-American male (as in the case of Tom Lutz).

The American Book Awards offer no cash prize, nor do they require any financial obligations by the authors or publishers nominated. It's simply a nice, pat-on-the-back, feel-good award for UCR to boast about.

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