This is your semi-regular roundup of new and recent awards won by Texas books and authors.
The Victor Villaseñor Best Latino Focused Nonfiction Book Award – English
SECOND PLACE, The Line Becomes a River, Francisco Cantú
FIRST PLACE, Don’t Count the Tortillas: The Art of Texas Mexican Cooking (Texas Tech University Press), Adán Medrano
Best Nonfiction - Multi-Author
SECOND PLACE, MeXicana Fashions: Politics, Self Adornment, and Identity Construction (University of Texas Press), Aída Hurtado and Norma E. Cantú
The Isabel Allende Most Inspirational Fiction Book Award
FIRST PLACE, Valiance, Vanessa Caraveo
Best Collection of Short Stories – English or Bilingual
Best Fiction Book Translation - Spanish to English
FIRST PLACE, Manhattan Tropics / Trópico en Manhattan (Arte Publico Press), Guillermo Cotto-Thorner, translated by J. Bret Maney
Best First Book - Fiction
Oral Literature Award: Amalia Leticia Ortiz
Melanie Conklin and Christina Soontornvat (Austin) for organizing the Everywhere Book Fest
Cristina Rodriguez, General Manager, Deep Vellum Books (Dallas)
Kesley Smith, Director of Business Development & Corporate Communications, Greenleaf Book Group (Austin)
The 2020 Literary Excellence awardees included science fiction novelist Justin Cronin, Houston’s first Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Zepeda, teen novelist Andrea White, children’s writer Varsha Bajaj, and inspirational author ReShonda Tate Billingsley. Nkem Denchukwu won the 2020 Reader’s Choice Award.
Poet Laureate of McAllen Rodney Gomez and Poet Laureate of Texas Emmy Pèrez are among the twenty-three poets laureate awarded fellowships this year.
Cristina Rivera Garza, Fiction Writer, of Houston, for “exploring culturally constructed notions of language, memory, and gender from a transnational perspective.”
Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, The Gryphon Heist, James R. Hannibal