LARB Libros is a new series that highlights emerging Latinx talent. The first title is the paperback edition of UC Riverside Tomás Rivera Endowed Chair of Creative Writing Alex Espinoza’s The Five Acts of Diego León.  The second title will be the winner of the newly announced Tomás Rivera Book Prize: Migrations by J.L. Torres.

The Tomás Rivera Book Prize is a unique partnership between the Los Angeles Review of Books and UC Riverside. Open to any author writing in English about the Chicanx/Latinx experience, the Rivera Book Prize is committed to the discovery and fostering of extraordinary writing by a first-time or early career author whose work examines the long and varied contributions of Chicanx/Latinx in the US. The Rivera Book Prize aims to provide a platform that showcases the emerging literary talent of the Chicanx/Latinx community, to cultivate the next generation of Chicanx/Latinx writers, and to continue the rich literary memory of Tomás Rivera, Chicano author, poet, activist, and educator. Known for his seminal collection of stories, …and the Earth Did Not Devour Him, Rivera was the first Latino Chancellor of the UC system and a champion of higher education and social justice. The Rivera Book Prize honors his legacy and his belief in the power of education, activism, and stories to change lives.

AWARD: $1,000 prize, publication of manuscript by LARB Libros, and ten copies. Additionally, winner will receive a stipend to assist with travel to Southern California for a reading and book signing at UC Riverside during Writers Week.


The winner of the inaugural Tomás Rivera Prize is J.L. Torres. His book Migrations will be published by LARB Books in 2021.

To find out more information, click here.

J.L. Torres author headshot

J.L. Torres headshot

The other two finalists for the award were Maceo Montoya and Toni Margarita Plummer. To find out more about them, click here.

LARB Books congratulates J.L., Maceo, and Toni.