2020 PRSA Frank Bonilla Book Award Call for Books (Revised)

The Puerto Rican Studies Association is pleased to open once again its biennial Book Award Competition, the winner of which will be publicly announced at our next Biennial Conference tentatively scheduled to be held at Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, MA. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we are currently exploring the possibility of changing the conference from the October 2020 to a later date. Books published between May 1, 2018 and June 1, 2020 are eligible for consideration.

Named in honor of Frank Bonilla, one of the most distinguished, foundational figures in our field, andintended to recognize the most notable book produced in Puerto Rican Studies between our biennial meetings, this competition is open without regard to particular topic, theme, approach or discipline. Re-editions of a work previously published are, however, ineligible to compete; and anthologies of selections by multiple authors, though not excluded, will also not normally be priority candidates for this award.  Nominations may be made by any PRSA member, by individual authors, their publishers or agents.The Selection Committee’s commitment is to choose from among all entries received that one which, in the uncommon caliber of its scholarship, originality, and overall excellence, best and most compellingly engages issues and concerns of Puerto Ricans and their communities and altogether represents an exceptional contribution to our field. All authors are required to be members in good standing of the Puerto Rican Studies Association at the time of the competition.

Those putting a book in a nomination should: 1) complete the 2020 FBBA Online Submission form available here; and 2) forward a copy of it directly to each member of the Award Committee at the addresses indicated below. Electronic or digital books can also be sent to the committee members to their emails below. All nominations must be received no later than June 1, 2020.




Professor Charles R. Venator-Santiago, Chair

University of Connecticut

University of Connecticut
365 Fairfield Way, U-1024
Storrs, CT. 06269-1024




Professor Silvia Alvarez-Curbelo

Universidad de Puerto Rico

500 Calle Valcarcel
Apt. 14C
Coop. El Alcazar
San Juan, PR 00923


Professor Licia Fiol-Matta

New York University

635 East 14thSt., #11E
New York, NY 10009