Actually, J.B. told me this a few weeks ago, but I wasn't sure it was public knowledge yet since the awards will be given out later. A little internet snooping revealed that the award winners had been posted on the AAAS website. Now I want to shout it from the rooftops. This kind of honor means a lot to scholars because it represents the judgment of precisely those specialist readers who are able to judge a book's impact and quality most accurately. And speaking personally, I couldn't be happier for J.B because in addition to being an accomplished and brilliant scholar he is as wonderful a colleague as anyone could wish for.
Writing a blog like this is easy when English faculty keep doing so many amazing things. Congrats to both J.B. and Alex!