The African Studies Association (ASA) invites publishers to nominate titles for the ASA Best Book Prize. The ASA presents the ASA Best Book Prize to the author of the most important scholarly work in African studies published in English during the preceding year. The winner of the ASA Best Book Prize is announced each year at the ASA Annual Meeting, where he or she receives an honorarium of $500. A list of the finalists for the Prize is published in the Annual Meeting program. Past winners have included some of the most prominent names in African Studies.
Nominations for the ASA Best Book Prize are made directly by publishers who may nominate as many separate titles in a given year as they desire. Nominations must be original non-fiction scholarly works published in English and distributed in the United States. The subject matter must significantly deal with Africa and/or related areas (Cape Verde, Madagascar, or Indian Ocean Islands off the East African coast). Works that are not eligible include collections and compilations, proceedings of symposia, new editions of previously published books, bibliographies, and dictionaries. Only books with a 2022 copyright are eligible for the 2023 ASA Best Book Prize.
Nominations must be postmarked on or before April 1, 2023.
To nominate a publication, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating the publisher you represent, address, email address, telephone, fax, the title(s) nominated, and one copy of each title directly to each committee member listed below.
*Please send a list of nominations to the ASA Secretariat at email@example.com for our records and copies of the nominees directly to the committee members listed below.
Abosede George, Barnard College (Chair)
Ben Twagira, Williams College
Michael Nelson, Monmouth College
Sheila Petty, University of Regina
Rudolph Gaudio, Purchase College
Corrie Decker, University of California, Davis