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IASA Book Award: $500

The Italian American Studies Association announces the IASA Book Award offered even-numbered years for scholarly work and odd-numbered years for creative work. The 2021 award will be presented via Zoom. (The recipient need not be present.) The award of $500 will be presented to an outstanding creative writing contribution to the field of Italian American Studies published between January 1, 2020, and May 1, 2021. A nominated book must be drama, fiction, memoir, mixed-genre, poetry, or prose, predominantly on an Italian-American theme or subject matter, and primarily in English. (Edited collections are not eligible.) Nominations may be made by a publisher or a member in good standing of the Association. Four copies of the nominated work must be received by June 15, 2021; e-books are preferred but hard copies will be accepted in cases where the publishers do not have e-books.*** There is no entry fee. Copies, however, will not be returned. The author and work selected for the 2021 award will be announced by mid-October.

IASA would like to thank James Periconi for his donation to fund the Book Award. For those who would like to contribute and have their name added in recognition, please click on our Donation Campaigns.

*** Due to the closing of institutions during Covid-19, please email an electronic copy to our VP of CAM at All electronic copies will be protected and not disseminated to anyone outside the Book Award Committee. If an e-version is not available please contact for the private mailing addresses of the committee members. ***

IASA Book Award: Past Winners

2021 Book Award: Marco Rafalà, How Fires End. Little A. 2019.

2020 Book Award: Giorgio Bertellini, The Divo and the DucePromoting Film Stardom and Political Leadership in 1920s America. University of California Press, 2019 and Jessica Barbata Jackson, Dixie’s Italians: Sicilians, Race, and Citizenship in the Jim Crow Gulf South. Louisiana State University Press, 2020.

2019 Book Award: Louise DeSalvo, The House of Early Sorrows. Fordham UP, 2018.

2018 Book Award: Samuele F. S. Pardini's In the Name of the Mother: Italian Americans, African Americans, and Modernity from Booker T. Washington to Bruce Springsteen. Dartmouth College P, 2017.

2017 Book Award: Camilla Trinchieri's Seeking Alice. Excelsior Editions, State U. of New York P, 2016.

2016 Book Award: Joseph Sciorra's  Built with Faith: Italian American Imagination and Catholic Material Culture in New York City. U. of Tennessee P, 2015.