Congratulations to Judith Still and our opposite numbers at Edinburgh University Press for winning this year’s Gapper Prize with her book Derrida and Hospitality: Theory and Practice. The Prize is named for Richard Gapper, a reforming Treasurer of the Society for French Studies in the 1990s, who combined great business acumen with a devotion to France and its culture; we did a little work with him in the early days of Legenda, in fact. The SFS now awards the Gapper Prize annually to the best book of its year by any scholar working in the field in the United Kingdom or Ireland, which means there are many contending titles, and it’s a prestigious award. (Clive Scott won it for his Legenda book Channel Crossings in 2004.)
Each year the judges also commend two or three runners-up, which made the shortlist, and I’m pleased to say that one of them is Anna Kemp’s Voices and Veils — “an impressive evaluation of the fraught relationship between Islam, Muslim women, and French feminism” (Modern Language Review). This was Anna’s first book, and has been very well-received all round. We’ve known about the short-listing for several months now, but the news was under embargo until the result was announced, so we can now, so to speak, lift the veil.