The Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association (NEPCA), a regional chapter of both the American Culture Association (ACA) and the Popular Culture Association (PCA), is pleased to announce again our Peter C. Rollins Book Award competition. This annual prize will recognize the best scholarly monograph on any popular culture, culture studies, or American culture topic published in the previous year by an author who lives or works in New England or New York, or who has done so in the past two years. The most recent prize was awarded to Robert Love, for his work The Great Oom: The Improbable Birth of Yoga in America (Viking 2010).


 Each publisher may nominate one book per year for the Rollins Prize from now through June 1, 2012. Eligible books will have been published

in 2011 as original monographs representing the best, creative scholarship in this multidisciplinary field. Edited books, fiction, anthologies or

collections will not be considered. The prize, a certificate of merit and $500.00 stipend, will be awarded to the author at the annual Northeast

PCA/ACA conference at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York, October 26-27, 2012.


To make a nomination, please mail one copy of the book (labeled clearly as NEPCA Book Award) to each member of the NEPCA Book Award

Committee (below) by June 1, 2012. Please be sure to include your preferred contact information.


 Thank you, and good luck to your nominated authors!


Dr. Carol-Ann Farkas

Rollins Prize Committee Chair

School of Arts and Sciences

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy

179 Longwood Avenue

Boston, MA 02115


Dr. Kristen Petersen

School of Arts and Sciences

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy

179 Longwood Avenue

Boston, MA 02115


Dr. Jeffrey P. Cain

Department of English


Sacred Heart University

Fairfield, Connecticut 06825


Dr. Virginia S. Cowen

School of Health Related Professions

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

65 Bergen Street, Room 160

Newark, NJ 07101


Dr. Robert Weir

Department of History

Westfield State University

c/o15 Woods Road

Florence, MA 01062.