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Literary Awards and Latino Author Recipients
(This is an incomplete list--Latinx authors have  garnered many more awards)

American Book Award
Rudolfo Anaya
Gloria Anzaldúa

Jose Antonio Burciaga
Ana Castillo
Lorna Dee Cervantes
Daniel Chacon
Martin Espada
Diana Garcia
Reyna Grande
Tato Laviera
Cherríe Moraga
Leroy V. Quintana
Abraham Rodriguez
Luis Alberto Urrea
Alma Luz Villanueva
Tino Villanueva

Américas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature
Julia Alvarez for Before We Were Free
Judith Ortiz Cofer

Before Columbus American Book Award
Rudolfo Anaya for Tortuga

Edgar Allan Poe Literary Award
Books by Sandra Maria Esteves

Eduardo Cote Lamus National Poetry Award
Jaime Manrique

Chicano/Latino Literary Award
Manuel Ramos
Elaine Romero (Playwright)

George Foster Peabody Award

Richard Rodriguez

Hispanic Heritage Award in Literature
Julia Alvarez
Jimmy Santiago Baca
Luis J. Rodriguez

Humanitas Award for Screenwriting
Josefina Lopez

International Latino Book Award:
Best Bilingual Picture Book (2006)
& Special Recognition 2006 Paterson Prize
(For Books for Young People)
Rene Colato Lainez for I Am Rene, The Boy

2012 International Latino Book Awards:

Best Children’s Picture Book – English
First Place, Me, Frida, Amy Novesky, Abrams Books For Young Readers
Second Place, The Tooth Fairy Meets El Ratón Pérez, René Colato Laínez, Tricycle Press
Second Place, My Shoes and I, René Colato Laínez, Boyds Mills Press
Honorable Mention, La Noche Buena, Antonio Sacre, Abrams Books For Young Readers

Best Children’s Picture Book – Bilingual
First Place, From North to South/Del Norte al Sur, René Colato Laínez, Children’s Book Press
First Place, Grandma’s Chocolate/El Chocolate de Abuelita, Mara Price, Arte Publico Press
Honorable Mention, Let Me Help!/¡Quiero Ayudar!, Alma Flor Ada, Children’s Book Press

Best Young Adult Fiction – English
First Place, When the Stars Go Blue, Barbara Caridad Ferrer, Thomas Dunne Books
Second Place, The Red Umbrella, Christina Diaz Gonzalez, Alfred A. Knopf Publishing
Honorable Mention, Masters of the Sea: The Adventures of Jules Verne’s Mathias Sandorf, George J. Rios, iUniverse
Honorable Mention, Father Knows Best, Lynda Sandoval, Bold Strokes Books, Inc.

Best Young Adult Fiction – Spanish or Bilingual
First Place, Tigre, Tigre, Lynne Reid Banks, Editorial Bambu
Second Place, El Último Muerto, Fernando Lalana, Editorial Bambu
Honorable Mention, Kid Cyclone Fights the Devil and Other Stories/Kid Ciclon se enfrenta a El Diablo y otors cuentos, Xavier Garza, Arte Publico Press

Best Young Adult Nonfiction – English
First Place, East Side Dreams, Art Rodriguez, Dream House Press

Best Young Adult Nonfiction – Spanish or Bilingual
First Place, El Secreto para adolescentes, Paul Harrington, Atria Books
Second Place, A Bailar, Maria Villegas/Jennie Kent, Villegas Editores

Best Young Adult Sports/Recreation – Spanish or Bilingual
First Place, Mexico/México, José María Obregón, The Rosen Publishing Group
Second Place, Argentina, José María Obregón, The Rosen Publishing Group
Honorable Mention, A Bailar, Maria Villegas/Jennie Kent, Villegas Editores

John Dos Passos Prize for Literature
Helena Maria Viramontes

Kulupi Press Award Winner
Melinda Palacio

Lannan Foundation Literary Award

Sandra Cisneros

Larry Neal Writers Award for Poetry

Naomi Ayala

Latino Book Award for Multicultural Fiction
Lorraine M. López

National Book Award
Carlos Eire
Cristina Garcia
Alberto Rios
Gary Soto
Luis Alberto Urrea

Obie Award
José Rivera

Paterson Young Adult Book Award
Luis J. Rodriguez

2007 Paterson Prize for Books for Young People
Jo Ann Yolanda Hernández

PEN American Beyond Margins Award
Richard Blanco
Willie Perdomo

Pen Book Award Winner:
Dagoberto Gilb

PEN Center West Award for Best Fiction
Sandra Cisneros

Francisco Goldman

PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction
Junot Diaz

PEN/Martha Albrand Special Citation for Nonfiction
Judith Ortiz Cofer

Pen Oakland/Josephine Miles Award
Julia Alvarez for How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
Kathleen de Azevedo for Samba Dreamers
Alma Luz Villanueva

Premio Aztlán Award

Ire'ne Lara Silva (2013) Flesh to Bone

Gloria Zamora (2010) Sweet Nata: Growing Up in Rural New Mexico

Patricia Santana (2009) Ghosts of El Grullo

Verónica Gonzalez (2007) Twin Time or How Death Befell Me.

Reyna Grande (2006) Across a Hundred Mountains.

Gene Guerin (2005) Cottonwood Saints

Mary Helen Lagasse (2004) The Fifth Sun

Sergio Troncoso (1999) The Last Tortilla and Other Stories

Ronald Ruiz (1998) Guiseppe Rocco

Pat Mora (1997) House of Houses

Wendell Mayo (1996) Centaur of the North

Norma Cantú (1995) Canicula: Snapshots of a Girlhood en la Frontera

Denise Chávez (1994) Face of an Angel

Alicia Gaspar de Alba (1993) The Mystery of Survival and Other Stories

Premio Quinto Sol Award
Rudolfo Anaya

Publishers Weekly "Ten Best Books of the Year"
Victor Hernandez Cruz for Red Beans

Pulitzer Prize
Junot Diaz for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2008)
Oscar Hijuelos for Fiction (Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love)
Quiara Alegria Hudes for Drama (Water by the Spoonful)
Achy Obejas for Journalism
Mirta Ojito for Journalism
Hector Tobar for Journalism

Pushcart Prize
Books by Jimmy Santiago Baca
Ray Gonzalez
Alberto Rios

Southwest Book Award
Pat Mora

Thorpe Menn Award
Gloria Vando

Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award
Pat Mora for Tomas and the Library Lady

University of California Irvine's Chicano/Latino Literary Prize
Jo Ann Yolanda Hernández



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