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The Publishing Triangle Honors Professor Blanche Wiesen Cook with Bill Whitehead Lifetime Achievement Award

New York, NY, April 12, 2010 – Blanche Wiesen Cook, Distinguished Professor of History and Women’s at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, has been honored with the 2010 Publishing Triangle’s Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement.

A prominent historian and activist, Professor Cook’s most recent book, Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume Two, (Viking Penguin, 1999) was widely popular as was Volume One, published in 1992, which remained on The New York Times best seller list for three months and received numerous awards, including the 1992 Biography Prize from The Los Angeles Times, and the Lambda Literary Award. She is currently working on the third and final volume of Eleanor Roosevelt in which the former first lady is seen as the most important woman in American political history.

She is a frequent contributor of reviews and columns in many newspapers and periodicals. Her book The Declassified Eisenhower was listed by The New York Times Book Review as one of the notable books of 1981. For more than twenty years she produced and hosted her own program for Radio Pacifica, originally called Activists and Agitators, later renamed Women and the World in the 1990s. Professor Cook appears frequently on such television programs as The Today Show, Good Morning America, C-Span's Booknotes, and MacNeil/Lehre­­r­ NewsHour. A provocative and engaging speaker on history, politics and women's issues; Professor Cook is deeply committed to the principle of greater dignity and security for all women and men. She is the former Vice-President for Research of the American Historical Associa­tion, and was Vice-President and Chair of the Fund for Open Information and Accountability (FOIA, Inc.) She was also Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Freedom of Information and Access Committee of the Organization of American Historians, which was actively committed to maintaining the integrity of the Freedom of Information Act.

The Bill Whitehead Award honors a legendary editor Bill Whitehead who was the editor-in-chief at E. P. Dutton in the early 1980s and ended his career at Macmillan. He worked with such gay and lesbian writers as Edmund White, Robert Ferro, and Doris Grumbach, and with Anne Rice (writing as A. N. Roquelaure) and Lana Turner, among others.

The Publishing Triangle’s mission is to further the publication of books and other materials written by lesbian and gay authors or with lesbian and gay themes. Founded in 1988, The Publishing Triangle works to create support and a sense of community for lesbian and gay people in the publishing industry. We offer forums, as well as networking and social opportunities, for our members. In addition we sponsor programs to increase awareness of and appreciation for lesbian and gay literature.

About John Jay College of Criminal Justice: An international leader in educating for justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice of The City University of New York offers a rich liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to upwards of 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 135 nations. In teaching, scholarship and research, the College approaches justice as an applied art and science in service to society and as an ongoing conversation about fundamental human desires for fairness, equality and the rule of law. For more information, visit