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People of Faith: Slavery and African Catholics in Eighteenth-Century Rio de Janeiro by Mariza de Carvalho Soares is awarded Roberto Reis BRASA Book Prize

People of Faith: Slavery and African Catholics in Eighteenth-Century Rio de Janeiro by Mariza de Carvalho Soares is awarded  Roberto Reis BRASA Book Prize

The Roberto Reis BRASA Book Award recognizes the two best booksin Brazilian Studies published in English that contributesignificantly to promoting an understanding of Brazil. This awardhonors Roberto Reis, one of the founders of BRASA, who wascommitted to developing Brazilian Studies in the United States.The two best books will receive US$200 awards each. The honorable mention will receive a certificate. The prizes will be awarded at the closing ceremonies of the Eleventh International Congress of BRASA on Saturday 8,September 2012 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.The 2012 committee has voted to award the Reis Book Prizes to(in alphabetical order):

Reis Awardees (2012):

Mariza de Carvalho Soares, _People of Faith: Slavery and African Catholics in Eighteenth-Century Rio de Janeiro_ (Duke UP, 2011)

Paulina L. Alberto, _Terms of Inclusion: Black Intellectuals in Twentieth-Century Brazil_ (U of North Carolina P, 2011).

Honorable Mention:

Alexander Edmonds, _Pretty Modern: Beauty, Sex, and Plastic Surgery in Brazil_ (Duke UP, 2010).

Committee:

Cristina Pinto-Bailey,Assistant Professor of Spanish, Washington and Lee University;

Brodwyn Fischer, Associate Professor of History, Northwestern University;

James Holston, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

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