2017 Tejano Book Prize



Publishers- $1 ,000.00 book prize to the author for the best non-fiction scholarly book on Tejano history, heritage, or genealogy. The book must be published between 1 June of the previous year and 31 May of the current year. Submit three copies of your book entries to the Tejano Book Prize panel of judges listed on next page.


Award to Winner:

            • $1,000.00

            • Recognition at the Annual Texas Hispanic Genealogical and Historical Conference

            • Book-signing session sponsored by TGSA


Honoree Dr. Clotilde P. Garcia

The Tejano Book Prize was named in honor and memory of Clotilde P. Garcia, M.D. Born Jan. 11, 1917 to Jose Garcia and Faustina Perez Garcia, both parents were school teachers.  Dr. Garcia was a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School in Galveston, TX. (1954) and practiced medicine in Corpus Christi, Texas.  She was a civic leader, community advocate, historian, genealogist and author of numerous books on South Texas history such as Texas Captain Enrique Villarreal and Rincón del Oso Land Grant; and Padre José Nicolas Ballí and Padre Island.  She contributed numerous articles to the Texas State Historical Association and many are now available online in the Handbook of Texas.  In 1984 she was inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame. In 1987, recognizing a need to promote, collect and develop genealogical research, she founded the Spanish-American Genealogical Association (SAGA) and served as its president.  In 1990 she received Spain’s Royal American Order of Isabella the Catholic. Dr. Garcia was the sister of civil rights leader Hector P. Garcia, M.D., who founded the American G.I. Forum in 1948, as well as the sister of Dr. C.P. Garcia, Dr. Xico Garcia, Dr. Dalia Garcia and Emilia Garcia Garza.  Her son J.A. “Tony” Canales, Attorney-at-Law, resides in Corpus Christi, TX. “Dr. Cleo”, as she was fondly known, retired in 1994 after delivering 10,000 babies.  She inspired and helped many Hispanics to research, study and preserve their ancestry.  She passed away May 27, 2003.