IASA Book Award: $500

The Italian American Studies Association announces the IASA Book Award offered even numbered years for a scholarly work and odd numbered years for a creative work. The 2020 award will be presented via Zoom. (The recipient need not be present.) The award of $500 will be presented to an outstanding scholarly contribution to the field of Italian American Studies published between January 1, 2019 and May 1, 2020. Works nominated must be authored monographs and must be primarily in English. (Edited collections are not eligible.) Nominations may be made by a publisher or a member in good standing of the Association. Three copies of the nominated work must be received by June 15, 2020. Please send to: IASA Book Award, John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, 25 West 43rd Street, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10036. There is no entry fee. Copies, however, will not be returned. The author and work selected for the 2020 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 Courtney Ruffner at webmaster@italianamericanstudies.net. All electronic copies will be protected and not disseminated to anyone outside the book awards committee. If an e-version is not available please contact webmaster@italianamericanstudies.net for a private mailing address.  We will still award our 2020 book award in 2020 even though our conference is postponed until 2021.***

IASA Book Award: Past Winners

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.