The Oscar Lewis Awards

The Book Club of California congratulates the recipients of the 2015 Oscar Lewis Awards:

Dr. Gray Brechin
Oscar Lewis Award for Western History

Dr. Gray Brechin is an historical geographer and author whose chief interests are the state of California, the environmental impact of cities upon their hinterlands, and the invisible landscape of New Deal public works. He is perhaps best known for his book Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin (UC Press, 1999), a case study of how all great cities operate at the expense of their environs for the benefit of dynastic elites. Dr. Brechin is currently a visiting scholar in the UC Berkeley Department of Geography and founder and project scholar of the Living New Deal Project. The California Preservation Foundation gave him its President’s Award in 2013. More about Dr. Brechin may be found here.

Harry & Sandra Reese
Oscar Lewis Award for the Book Arts

Harry and Sandra Reese are a printer and book artist team. Proprietors of Turkey Press, founded by Harry in 1974, they produce exquisite books of contemporary poetry, printed letterpress and combined with original art. In 1990 they founded Edition Reese to create limited editions in collaboration with various artists, writers, and thinkers. Their work has been exhibited and is housed in collections worldwide, and Harry Reese co-directs the Book Arts program in the UC Santa Barbara College of Creative Studies, which he established in 1985.



The Oscar Lewis Awards were established by The Book Club of California in 1994 in honor of Oscar Lewis (1893-1992), San Francisco author, historian, and club secretary from 1921-1946.

Press play below below to listen to Gray Brechin’s acceptance speech:

Press play below to listen to Harry and Sandra Reese’s acceptance speeches:

Click here to view the press release for this year’s awards.

All Club members are invited to submit nominations during the appropriate submissions period.

Past recipients of the Oscar Lewis Award for Western History:

Rebecca Solnit (2014)
W. Michael Mathes (2012)
Phillip P. Choy (2011)
Thomas Pinney (2010)
Robert J. Chandler (2009)
Malcolm Margolin (2008)
Carl Nolte (2007)
Robert V. Hine (2006)
David F. Myrick (2005)
Robert G. Harlan (2004)
Kevin Starr (2003)
Ferol Egan (2002)
Muir Dawson (2001) and Glen Dawson (2001)
J. S. Holliday (2000), Msgr. Francis J. Weber (2000)
Allan R. Ottley (1999)
Gary F. Kurutz (1998)
Richard H. Dillon (1997)
Lawrence Clark Powell (1996)
Doyce B. Nunis, Jr., (1996)
Michael Harrison (1995)
Dr. Albert Shumate (1994)

Past recipients of the Oscar Lewis Award for the Book Arts:

Johanna Drucker (2014)
Carolee Campbell (2013)
Jonathan Clark (2012)
Clifforde Burke (2011)
Charles Hobson (2010)
Graham Mackintosh (2009)
David Lance Goines (2008)
Patrick W. Reagh (2007)
Peter Rutledge Koch (2006)
Joseph J. D’Ambrosio (2005)
Eleanor Edwards Ramsey (2004)
Joanne Margarethe Sonnichsen (2003)
Carolyn and James Robertson (2002)
Wolfgang Lederer (2001)
Andrew Hoyem (2000)
Jack W. Stauffacher (1999)
S. Gale Herrick (1998)
Sandra Kirshenbaum (1998)
Marjorie G. Stern (1997)
Lewis and Dorothy Allen (1996)
Albert Sperisen (1995)
Stella Patri (1995)
Ward Ritchie (1994)

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