Book Award
Call for Submissions

The NACCS Book Award recognizes an outstanding new book in the field of Chicana and Chicano Studies. We will consider single-authored scholarly monographs and books published during 2017. Translations, reprints, re-editions of previously published works, edited volumes, multi-author collections of essays, or books previously nominated for this award, are not eligible. We invite nominations from NACCS members and publishers. Deadline: September 1, 2018. Direct questions
Any book(s) received that are published on the non nomination year, is not guaranteed to be held for the following year, will not be returned nor will the publisher/author/nominator be notified.

It is celebrated at the annual Awards ceremony during the conference.  The winner is introduced at the ceremony and gives a very brief statement.  Many candidates also present their books in author/signing events in the book exhibit area (usually supported by their press-who must pay for the exhibit space), some authors propose panels author/critic sessions. 

There are 4 members of the committee.  Usually candidates and/or their editors make arrangements to send the 4 copies of the books. 

A total of four (4) copies must be sent to NACCS. Send one (1) copy directly to the Chair of the Book Committee along with the letter of nomination (self-nominations are acceptable). And three (3) copies to NACCS for distribution to the committee members.  No CODs/No UPS/No FedEx please. Use the United State Postal Service only.

Mail addresses: Please send the 4 copies to the address below.

P.O. BOX 720052
San José, CA  95172-0052

The DEADLINE for nominations of books is September 1, 2019.

The National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies is proud to announce the recipient of the 2019 Book Award:

Ella Maria Diaz book, Flying Under the Radar with the Royal Chicano Air Force (University of Texas Press, 2017), offers an impressive and detailed study of the Royal Chicano Air Force art and activist collective created in Sacramento in 1969. She celebrates the art, poetry, prose, music, and performances of the various artists and provides a necessary and long overdue history of this important cultural nationalist Chicano/a collective, tracing its development over two decades. Díaz’s work curates their artistic production and delineates changes in the nature and tenor of the collective’s output through the years as well as the role that female artists played in challenging what was primarily a patriarchal endeavor.  In what will no doubt be seen as a seminal work, Flying Under the Radar with the Royal Chicano Air Force documents art history with pertinent illustrations of the murals, posters, and paintings, samples of poetry, photographs of performances, and group meetings, explaining in the process how the Rebel Chicano Art Front came to be called the Royal Chicano Air Force.  Important too is Díaz's focus on the artists’ concern with and commitment to having their work be public art, a collective community mural movement rather than individually directed efforts, as would happen later.  The artists were able to place their art in the communities and involve young people in the painting of various murals.  Their view of art as part of the Chicano/a community, as part of a social movement, as an activist struggle, did not however limit their artistry, as the artists flourished, gained university degrees in art, developed a variety of styles, moving and evolving as artists and performers.  As Díaz notes, this group’s artistry has received limited recognition outside of Chicano/a Communities and Ethnic Studies Departments; illustrating the importance of Díaz’s scholarly contribution to the field of Chicano/a Studies as well as to the growing fields of Visual Culture and Performance Studies.

Ella Maria Diaz is an associate professor in English and Latina/o Studies at Cornell University. Diaz’s book Flying Under the Radar with the Royal Chicano Air Force: Mapping a Chicano/a Art History (2017) explores the art, poetry, performance, and political activism of a vanguard Chicano/a art collective founded in Sacramento, California, during the U.S. civil rights era. Diaz has published in several anthologies as well as articles with Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, Chicana-Latina Studies Journal, and ASAP/Journal.

2018: Ylce Irizarry. Chicana/o and Latina/o Fiction: The New Memory of Latinidad. University of Illinois Press, 2016.
2017: Maria Josefina Saldana-Portillo. Indian Given: Racial Geographies across Mexico and the United States. Duke University Press, 2016.
2016: Carlos Kevin Blanton, George I. Sanchez: The Long Fight for Mexican American Integration. Yale University Press. 2014.
2015: Raul Coronado, A World Not to Come: A History of Latino Writing and Print Culture. Harvard University Press. 2013.
2014: Deborah Vargas, Dissonant Divas in Chicana Music: The Limits of La Onda. University of Minnesota Press. 2012.
2013: Martha Menchaca, Naturalizing Mexican Immigrants: A Texas History. University of Texas Press. 2011.
2012: David Montejano, Quixote's Soldiers. University of Texas Press. 2010.
2011: Richard T. Rodriguez, Next of Kin: the Family in Chicano/a cultural politics. Duke University Press. 2009.
2010: William David Estrada. The Los Angeles Plaza: Sacred and Contested Space. University of Texas Press. 2008.



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