Three SMU history scholars receive 2013-14 book prizes

Three SMU history scholars recently won prestigious awards for books honed during their time at the University.

“These recognitions confirm that the Clements Department of History – through its graduate program and research institute ­– continues to lead the way in producing first-rate scholarship on Texas, the American Southwest, and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands,” says Andrew Graybill, associate professor and director of SMU’s William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies.

Raul CoronadoRaúl Coronado’s book A World Not to Come: A History of Latino Writing and Print Culture (Harvard University Press, 2013) won the Texas State Historical Association’s Kate Broocks Bates Award for Best Historical Research and second prize from the Texas Institute of Letters’ Ramirez Prize for Best Scholarly Book. Coronado completed his Ph.D. in modern thought and literature in 2004 at Stanford University. He was a William P. Clements Fellow in 2009-10 and is associate professor of ethnic studies at the University of California-Berkeley.

Jason MellardJason Mellard’s Progressive Country: How the 1970s Transformed the Texan in Popular Culture (University of Texas Press, 2013) won the Texas State Historical Association’s 2013 Coral Horton Tullis Memorial Prize for Best Book on Texas History. He completed his Ph.D. in American studies at the University of Texas-Austin in 2009 and was a 2010-11 Clements Fellow. He is currently the assistant director at the Center for Texas Music History at Texas State University in San Marcos.

Alicia DeweyPh.D. graduate Alicia Dewey won the Robert A. Calvert Book Prize for the best manuscript on the history of the American South, West or Southwest submitted in 2013 to Texas A&M University Press. Her book, Pesos and Dollars: Entrepreneurs in the Texas-Mexico Borderlands, 1880-1940, is scheduled for publication in summer 2014. Dewey earned her Ph.D in history at SMU in 2007 and is currently an associate professor of history at Biola University in La Mirada, California.

Established in fall 1996, the Clements Center in SMU’s Dedman College is internationally known as an incubator for research and writing and an organizer of public programming, all related to the American Southwest.

The center annually provides post-doctoral fellowships for scholars studying the American Southwest and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, allowing them to focus on additional research and to further develop manuscripts, leading to publication by prestigious presses in cooperation with the Center.

Fellowships to emerging and senior scholars have resulted in 38 books published by 17 major university presses. Nine more Clements Center Fellows have publications forthcoming.

Written by Devean Owens ’14

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C.W. Smith receives 2011 Lon Tinkle Award from Texas Institute of Letters

C.W. SmithNovelist C.W. Smith, creative writing professor in SMU’s Dedman College, has received the 2011 Lon Tinkle Award from the Texas Institute of Letters, the state’s oldest literary organization.

The Institute announced the honor, recognizing sustained excellence in a literary career, at its meeting in Dallas in April. The organization observes its 75th anniversary this year.

Smith is the author of nine novels, including Thin Men of Haddam (Grossman/Viking, 1973), Country Music (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1975), The Vestal Virgin Room (Atheneum, 1983), Buffalo Nickel (Poseidon/Simon & Schuster, 1989), Hunter’s Trap (TCU Press, 1996), Understanding Women (TCU Press, 1998), Gabriel’s Eye (Winedale Publishing, 2001) and Purple Hearts (TCU Press, 2008).

A short-story collection, Letters From the Horse Latitudes, was published by TCU Press in 1994. Smith’s next novel, Steplings, is scheduled for publication by TCU Press in September.

Smith’s stories have appeared in Mademoiselle, Vision, Southwest Review, Sunstone Review, Carolina Quarterly, Quartet, Cimarron Review, American Literary Review, American Short Fiction and The Missouri Review, among other magazines.

He is also the author of Will They Love Me When I Leave? (Putnam, 1987), an autobiographical book about trying to stay close to his children after his first marriage ended in divorce. The book was published in paperback by Berkley in 1989 under Smith’s original title, Uncle Dad.

Previous winners of the Lon Tinkle Award include Larry McMurtry, Donald Barthelme, Marshall Terry, Horton Foote, Cormac McCarthy, Shelby Hearon, William Wittliff, David Weber and Larry L. King.

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