Publications

PUBLICATIONS

CHS Book Award Winners
Rebel Lawyer: Wayne Collins and the Defense of Japanese American Rights
2017—Rebel Lawyer: Wayne Collins and the Defense of Japanese American Rights by Charles Wollenberg (forthcoming Fall 2018)
Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute
2015—Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute by Ivy Anderson and Devon Angus
Game Changers: Twelve Elections that Transformed California
2014—Game Changers: Twelve Elections that Transformed California by Steve Swatt, Susie Swatt, Jeff Raimundo, and Rebecca LaVally
Under Spring: Voices+Art+Los Angeles
2013—Under Spring: Voices+Art+Los Angeles by Jeremy Rosenberg
California Historical Society Book Award

The CHS Book Award

Established in 2013, the California Historical Society Book Award is given to a book-length manuscript that makes an important contribution to both scholarship and to the greater community by deepening public understanding of some aspect of California history.

The purpose of the award is to recognize and promote exciting new literary works in celebration of California’s heritage. The ideal manuscript will inform the mind and delight the imagination of readers while generating a deeper understanding of California’s rich history. The work must adhere to high scholarly and literary standards and must be lively and engaging to general readers. In addition to conventional works of historical scholarship, other genres will be considered such as biographies, collections of letters or essays, creative nonfiction or other stimulating literary forms.

Eligibility

  • The topic should be broad enough to be of interest to readers throughout the state.
  • Authors with either manuscripts in progress or finished manuscripts are welcome to apply.
  • Manuscripts, when finished, should be at least 40,000 words. While open to other possibilities, preference will be given to manuscripts of fewer than 75,000 words.

HOW TO APPLY:

Applications are due on July 1st. Please send the following material to bookaward@calhist.org

  • A cover letter introducing yourself and your qualifications.
  • A brief description of your project.
  • An annotated table of contents.
  • A statement as to the need or desirability of photographs, maps, or other graphics with examples.
  • If the manuscript is not yet completed a statement that describes what has been done and a schedule for what still needs to be finished.
  • A sample chapter (double-spaced, standard font and font size).

A jury consisting of noted historians, scholars and publishing experts reviews submissions. Potential candidates may be contacted for additional information. The winner will be announced in the fall. Publication will be approximately one year after a fully completed manuscript and all graphics are accepted.

Previous winners:

2017 - Rebel Lawyer: Wayne Collins and the Defense of Japanese American Rights by Charles Wollenberg

2016 - The City of Vines: A History of Wine in Los Angeles by Thomas Pinney

2015 - Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute by Ivy Anderson and Devon Angus

2014 - Game Changers: Twelve Elections that Transformed California by Steve Swatt, Susie Swatt, Jeff Raimundo, and Rebecca LaVally

2013 - Under Spring: Voices+Art+Los Angeles by Jeremy Rosenberg

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