University Press of Kentucky (UPK) author Ann K. Ferrell is the recipient of the 2014 Wayland D. Hand Prize for Outstanding Book that Combines Historical and Folkloristic Perspectives. Her book is Burley: Kentucky Tobacco in a New Century.
A biennial prize, the award is named for eminent folklorist Wayland D. Hand (1907–1986). The Hand Prize, selected by a jury of distinguished scholars, is sponsored by the History and Folklore Section of the American Folklore Society.
The jury praised Ferrell’s Burley noting that, “The volume’s combination of historical and ethnographic methodologies with rhetorical analysis stands out among the many entries for the prize. Writing precisely and in an engaging style, Ferrell has constructed both a history of the small farmer burley tobacco industry and an ethnography of tobacco cultivation.”