The Maxine N. Gordon J70 Book Prize

Donor, Richard Gordon and prizewinner, Sana Ahmed attend the 19th Maxine N. Gordon, J70, Book Prize

Donor, Richard Gordon and prizewinner, Sana Ahmed, at the 19th Maxine N. Gordon, J70, Book Prize.

The Library is proud to be the home of the Maxine N. Gordon J70 Endowment and Book Prize. At Tufts, Maxine Gordon began lifelong valued friendships, and explored and developed intellectual interests for which she was to maintain a passion throughout her life. She majored in mathematics. After graduating, Maxine earned a Masters from Northwestern University and became a master teacher of students in math in the Newton and Wayland public schools. A prolific reader, she cherished books. The prize honors students who, like Maxine, share a passion for mathematics, teaching, and literature.

Each year, the Chair of the Math Dept awards the prize to a major who has demonstrated a love of reading, literature and poetry.

2021: Ari Lerner. Go Tell It on the Mountain, James Baldwin

2020: Sana Ahmed. The Class Ceiling: Why It Pays to be Privileged, Sam Friedman, Daniel Laurison

2019: Mallory GriderHistory of Cryptography and Cryptanalysis: Codes, Ciphers, and Their Algorithms, John F. Dooley 

2018: Katherine Rea. The Collected Fiction of Katherine Mansfield, Volumes 1 and 2, Gerri Kimber, Vincent O'Sullivan eds.

2017. Chengli Li. S., J.J. Abrams, Doug Dorst

2016. Ryan Hastings-Echo. The Cyberiad, Stanislaw Lem, Michael Kandel

2015: Kaiyun Chen. Contemporary China: Society and Social Change, Tamara Jacka, Andrew Kipnis, Sally Sargeson

2014: Thomas Snarsky. Imperial, William T. Vollmann

2013. Jessica de la Torre. Don Quijote de la Mancha, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

2012: Lisa Lebovici. Le Second Souffle: suivi du diable gardien, Philippe Pozzo di Borgo

2011. Elena Murray. Come and Join the Dance, Joyce Glassman

2010. Alexander Berrian. Pinball, 1973, Haruki Murakami

2009: Adam Beck. Mostly Harmless, Douglas Adams; Watchmen, Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons

2008: Sarah Elizabeth Blick. Dead French Poets Speak Plain English: An Anthology of Poems, Kendall Lappin

2007: Amanda French. Kalpa Imperial: The Greatest Empire That Never Was, Angélica Gorodischer, translated by Ursula Le Guin

2006: Jillian Rennie. The Mill on the Floss, George Eliot; Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer

2005: Melanie F. Schultz. Collected Stories, Saul Bellow, Janis Freedman Bellow

2004: Carolyn Abbott. The Tale of Genji, Murasaki Shikibu, Royall Tyler

2003: Alethea Barbaro. Night Train, Martin Amis

2002: Katie Bowen. The Poetry of Robert Frost: The Collected Poems, Complete and Unabridged, Edward Connery Latham, ed.