The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) and Duke University announce the sixth annual WOLA-Duke Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America. The award honors the best current, non-fiction book published in English on human rights, democracy, and social justice in contemporary Latin America.
The award will be given in the fall of 2013 by WOLA and Duke University at an event in Washington, DC. He or she will also be invited to give a reading at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. The author of the winning book will receive a $1,000 cash prize (in the case of two or more authors, the prize money will be distributed equally among them).
To be eligible, books must meet the following criteria:
• An original, non-fiction book related to issues of human rights, the rule of law, social and/or economic justice, or democracy in contemporary Latin America. Books should pertain to events that took place in roughly the past 25 years.
• Published in the English language by a commercial, university, or non-profit publishing concern. Books written originally in other languages and translated into English are eligible. Self-published books are not eligible.
• Books published in 2012 and 2013 will be eligible for the 2013 prize. Books published before 2011 are not eligible.
• Scholarly and popular books are eligible. Edited anthologies are not eligible.
The deadline for entries is Friday, May 31, 2013.
Judges will be looking for books that offer important contributions to research on Latin America while also enriching the general public’s understanding of Latin America. The winning book will reflect the standards of originality, high-quality research, and clear writing to which WOLA aspires in its own publications. Judges are drawn from WOLA’s staff and board of directors, Duke University, and the academic community at large.
Please fill out the nomination form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominators are also encouraged to send one copy of the book, although this is not required for nomination. No additional supporting materials or reviews are necessary. For books due to be published in 2013 after the entry deadline, nominators should send a pre-publication copy, indicating the publication date.
Please send copies of books to:
WOLA-Duke Book Award
c/o Kelly McLaughlin
Washington Office on Latin America
1666 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20009
Previous Award Recipients:
2012 – Héctor Abad, Oblivion: A Memoir
2011 – Kathryn Sikkink, The Justice Cascade
2010 – Victoria Bruce and Karin Hayes, with Jorge Enrique Botero, Hostage Nation
2009 – Ambassador Heraldo Muñoz, The Dictator’s Shadow: Life Under Augusto Pinochet
2008 – Francisco Goldman, The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed the Bishop?
For more information, contact:
Kelly McLaughlin, Washington Office on Latin America
Patrick Stawski, Duke University