The winner is: The Sovereign Colony: Olympic Sport, National Identity, and International Politics in Puerto Rico published by University of Nebraska Press in 2016 by Antonio Sotomayor.
This is a beautifully written, engaging, and insightful analysis of Puerto Rico’s history as a unique national entity that simultaneously identifies and functions as a U.S. colony and an independent nation-state. As such, it situates the case of Puerto Rico – as it connects with Latin American and Latino studies more broadly – within a global framework intersecting works on colonialism, nationalism and sport history. It makes a strong case for the importance of understanding Puerto Rico’s particular and exceptionalist historical experience as an example of the Spanish and the broader Caribbean’s tenuous geo-political position in real and academic iterations of Latin and Latino America.
Presented by Sarah Aponte, Chair of the José Toribio Medina Award Advisory Panel
May 22, 2017
Antonio Sotomayor, PhD. Assistant Professor, Historian, and Librarian of Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign recently published The Sovereign Colony: Olympic Sport, National Identity, and International Politics in Puerto Rico in the University of Nebraska Press.
Sarah A. Buck Kachaluba, PhD. Latin American Studies and Iberian Languages and Literatures Librarian at the University of California, San Diego, and Aaron Dziubinskyj edited and translated Eugenia A Fictional Sketch of Future Customs A Critical Edition in the University of Wisconsin Press.
Antonio Sotomayor, a Assistant Professor and Librarian for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign just published a chapter on the relationship between sports and politics in Puerto Rico. “The Cold War Games of a Colonial Latin American Nation: San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1966.” In Andrew Johns and Heather Dietcher, editors, Diplomatic Games: Sport, Statecraft, and International Relations since 1945. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2014, 217-249. The publication can be accessed on Google Books.
Former SALALM president and Librarian Emerita from the University of Texas, Ann Hartness recently published a reference book titled Brasil: obras de referência, 1999-2013. This annotated bibliography follows the previous publication of Brasil: obras de referência, 1965-1998 also published by Briquet de Lemos Livros. you can find more information about this title here.
Paloma Celis Carbajal, SALALM president elect, Jesus Alonso-Regalado, University at Albany and Alison Hicks, University of Colorado at Boulder, Ann Barnhart, University of West Georgia will present at the Asociación Mexicana de Bibliotecarios, A.C. (AMBAC) during the meeting that takes place at the Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara, Mexico.