The UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center has been named the winner of the Editor/Publisher Award for the 40th annual American Book Awards by the Before Columbus Foundation.

The awards recognize outstanding literary achievement from America’s literary community. The Before Columbus Foundation strives to provide recognition and a wider audience for the wealth of cultural and ethnic diversity of American writing. The awards are not bestowed by an industry organization, but rather are a writers’ award given by other writers.

“We are especially honored for the CSRC Press to receive the Editor/Publisher Award,” said Chon Noriega, director of the center, “since it is a recognition from our peers who are working alongside us to broaden the scope of American literary and scholarly publication.”

The research center was founded in 1969, with its press publishing nearly 100 books since then. Its publications, include the biannual academic journal, Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, a DVD series of historic films representing Chicano media culture, and numerous policy briefs and research reports on pressing issues facing the Chicano/Latino community. The press has won 54 international book awards in the last decade.

The winners will be formally recognized on Nov. 1 at the San Francisco Library at an event that is open to the public.