The Lawrence Arts Commission recognizes a KU professor for his book, which also is nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
Bill Tuttle's waiting to hear from the Pulitzer board, but Tuesday night he won accolades from the Lawrence Arts Commission for his latest history book.
"It's great," said Tuttle, a Kansas University professor of history. "It's great to get some recognition in the community, because that's where it all starts."
Tuttle received the arts commission's Community Enhancement and Cultural Exchange Award during Tuesday night's Lawrence City Commission meeting.
His book, "Daddy's Gone to War: The Second World War in the Lives of America's Children," is one of two written by KU history professors that were nominated for Pulitzer Prizes by the Oxford University Press. The other is Donald Worster's "The Wealth of Nature: Environmental History and the Ecological Imagination."
Tuttle's book was deemed "notable" at year's end by The New York Times, and the 27-year Lawrence resident likes his chances of winning the big one.
"I don't think it looks too bad," he said.
Tuttle's book tells the story of World War II through the eyes of children on the home front. Some 2,500 children -- now adults -- sent Tuttle letters recounting their observations and impressions during the war years.
"The history of adults may, in fact, be the history of children," said Pat Donahue, a member of the arts commission.