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Winner of the 2015 Ralph Emerson Twitchell Award from the Historical Society of New Mexico

by Cipriano Frederico Vigil

This bilingual panoramic book presents the songs that are the life's work of Cipriano Frederico Vigil, the most important performer of traditional Nuevomexicano folk music in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.

Winner of the 2015 Western Heritage Award from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

by Debra Bloomfield and Terry Tempest Williams

Debra Bloomfield engaged for five years on a photographic project in the wilderness. After photographing the desert in Four Corners and the ocean in Still, she has moved on in this new book to the forest.

Winner of the 2013-2014 Sarton Memoir Award from the Story Circle Network

by Yelizaveta P. Renfro

Combining memoir and nature writing, this book comprises nine essays that represent different seasons and slices of time, not unlike the rings of a tree. No two rings are alike, but each accretes to the next, creating, section by section, a life.

Winner of the 2014 Southwest Book Award from the Border Regional Library Association

THE ART & LEGACY OF BERNARDO MIERA Y PACHECO: New Spain's Explorer, Cartographer, and Artist

edited by Josef Díaz

The first colonial cartographer of New Mexico, he helped create the culturally unique santero tradition that still thrives today.

Winner of the 2014 Southwest Book Award from the Border Regional Library Association
Winner of the 2015 Fray Francisco Atanasio Domínguez Award from the Historical Society of New Mexico

FOUR SQUARE LEAGUES: Pueblo Indian Land in New Mexico
by Malcolm Ebright, Rick Hendricks, and Richard W. Hughes

This long-awaited book is the most detailed and up-to-date account of the complex history of Pueblo Indian land in New Mexico, beginning in the late seventeenth century and continuing to the present day.

Winner of the 2014 Southwest Book Award from the Border Regional Library Association

DETONOGRAPHY: The Explosive Art of Evelyn Rosenberg
by Evelyn Rosenberg

In this book, the first to showcase her work, Evelyn Rosenberg describes the history and genesis of Detonography and explains from conception to installation how a piece of explosive art is made.


Winner of the 2014 Southwest Book Award from the Border Regional Library Association
Winner of the 2015 Gaspar Pérez de Villagrá Award from the Historical Society of New Mexico

CHASING THE SANTA FE RING: Power and Privilege in Territorial New Mexico

by David L. Caffey

David L. Caffey’s book tells the story of the rise and fall of the Santa Fe Ring, looking beyond myth and symbol to explore the history of this remarkably durable alliance.

Winner of the 2014 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award, Biography (New Mexico subject) and Best Book

IF THERE'S SQUASH BUGS IN HEAVEN I AIN'T STAYING: Learning to Make the Perfect Pie, Sing When You Need To, and Find the Way Home with Farmer Evelyn

by Stacia Spragg-Braude

A deeply observant extended homage to orchard farmer Evelyn Curtis Losack and her village of Corrales, New Mexico.

Winner of the 2014 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award, Arts Book, Best Cover Design (non-trade) , and Best Book (New Mexico Category)

TAOS PORTRAITS: Photos of Paul O'Connor

by Paul O'Connor
edited by Bill Whaley

The photographs in Taos Portraits capture sixty subjects in black and white.

Winner of the 2014 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award, Tony Hillerman Award for Best Fiction


by Sue Boggio and Mare Pearl

An acclaimed first novel by two award-winning New Mexico writers, Sunlight and Shadow is a story of family, friendship, and what it really means to have hope.

Winner of the 2014 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award, Sports/Recreation

THE SCIENCE OF SOCCER: A Bouncing Ball and a Banana Kick

by John Taylor

In a book that targets middle and high school players, Taylor explains the science behind the most popular sport in the world, soccer.

Winner of the 2014 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award, Multicultural Subject
Winner of the 2014 Southwest Book Award from the Border Regional Library Association

SAGRADO: A Photopoetics Across the Chicano Homeland
by Spencer R. Herrera, Levi Romero, and Robert Kaiser

Sagrado is neither a search for identity nor a quest for a homeland but an affirmation of an ever-evolving cultural landscape. Embedded at the heart of this remarkable book, in which prose, photographs, and poems complement each other, is a photopoetic journey across the Chicano Southwest.

Winner of the 2014 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award, Poetry Book

by Leslie Ullman

“For over thirty years now, Leslie Ullman has steadily refined a poetry of the most acute and lyrically precise mindfulness, of what one of her poems calls the ‘greater alertness.’”—David Wojahn, author of World Tree

Winner of the 2014 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award, Political Book
Winner of the 2015 New Mexico Press Women Communications Contest, History Book
Winner of the 2015 New Mexico Press Women Communications Contest, General Nonfiction

: Boots, Suits, and Citizens
by Dede Feldman

In this forthright account of the workings of New Mexico’s legislature, Dede Feldman reveals how the work of governing is actually accomplished.

Amiri Baraka and Edward Dorn
Winner of the 2014 PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature

Edited by Claudia Moreno Pisano
The letters of Amiri Baraka and Edward Dorn offer a vivid picture of American lives connecting around poetry during a tumultuous time of change and immense creativity.

Losing the Ring in the River
Winner of the 2014 WILLA Literary Award in Poetry from Women Writing the West


by Marge Saiser
Spare and incisive, the poems in Losing the Ring in the River deal with three strong women—Clara, Emma, and Liz, women who are tough, often sassy, and have dreams that aren’t quelled by the realities they face.

Edmund G. Ross
Winner of the 2014 Gaspar Pérez de Villagrá Award from the Historical Society of New Mexico (HSNM)

2014 Kansas Notable Book
Winner of the 2014 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award, Biography and Best Book (New Mexico category)

EDMUND G. ROSS: Soldier, Senator, Abolitionist

by Richard A. Ruddy

This first full-scale biography of Ross reveals his importance in the history of the United States.

Imagining Geronimo
Winner of the 2014 Southwest Book Design and Production Award for Cover and Jacket Design from the New Mexico Book Association

IMAGINING GERONIMO: An Apache Icon in Popular Culture
by William M. Clements

Clements’s study examines Americans’ changing sense of Geronimo and looks at the ways Geronimo tried to maintain control of his own image during more than twenty years in which he was a prisoner of war.

Art of the National Parks

Winner of the 2014 IPPY Gold Medal in Fine Art
Winner of the 2013 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award, Best Book & Arts Category

ART OF THE NATIONAL PARKS: Historic Connections, Contemporary Interpretations
by Susan Hallsten McGarry, Jean Stern, and Terry Lawson Dunn

In Art of the National Parks, seventy painters and sculptors offer distinctive visions of eight of the nation’s most beloved wild lands: Acadia, Everglades, Grand Canyon, Grand Tetons, Rocky Mountain, Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Zion.

Winner of the 2014 Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing from the Working Class Studies Association


by Hakim Bellamy

In his debut collection of hard-hitting poems, Albuquerque Poet Laureate Hakim Bellamy addresses the issues important to our day—politics, work, and art.

Light and Shadow
Winner of the 2014 Society of American Archaeology Book Award, Scholarly Category

LIGHT AND SHADOW: Isolation and Interaction in the Shala Valley of Northern Albania
Edited by Michael L. Galaty, Ols Lafe, Wayne E. Lee, and Zamir Tafilica

Employing survey archaeology, excavation, ethnographic study, and multinational archival work, the Shala Valley Project uncovered the many powerful, creative ways whereby the men and women of Shala shaped their world: through dynamic, world-systemic relationships with the powers that surrounded but never fully conquered them.

Workers Go Shopping in Argentina
Winner of the 2014 Thomas McGann Award from the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies (RMCLAS)

WORKERS GO SHOPPING IN ARGENTINA: The Rise of Popular Consumer Culture
by Natalia Milanesio
Combining theories from the anthropology of consumption, cultural studies, and gender studies with the methodologies of social, cultural, and oral histories, Milanesio shows the exceptional cultural and social visibility of low-income consumers in postwar Argentina along with their unprecedented economic and political influence.

Leaving Tinkertown
Winner of the 2013 Sarton Memoir Award
Winner of the 2014 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award, Biography (New Mexico subject), First Book, and Best Book
Winner of the 2015 Zia Book Award from New Mexico Press Women

by Tanya Ward Goodman

“Goodman writes beautifully. The characters are well drawn, compelling, and convincing. Most importantly, the book has genuine emotional power, which builds as the story unfolds, even though how it will end is understood from the beginning.”—Frank Huyler, author of The Blood of Strangers

For God and Revolution
Winner of the 2014 Harvey L. Johnson Publication Award from the Southwest Council of Latin American Studies


FOR GOD AND REVOLUTION: Priest, Peasant, and Agrarian Socialism in the Mexican Huasteca
by Mark Saad Saka

During the early 1880s, a wave of peasant unrest swept the mountainous Huasteca region of northeastern Mexico. This account traces the material and ideological roots of the rebellion to nineteenth-century liberal policies of land privatization and to the growth of a radical anarcho-communist agrarian consciousness.

Grandma's Santo on Its Head
Winner of the 2014 Western Heritage Award for Juvenile Book from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

GRANDMA'S SANTO ON ITS HEAD / EL SANTO PATAS ARRIBA DE MI ABUELITA: Stories of Days Gone By in Hispanic Villages of New Mexico / Cuentos de días gloriosos en pueblitos hispanos de Nuevo México
by Nasario García

In this collection of bilingual stories about the Río Puerco Valley, where Nasario García grew up, he shares the traditions, myths, and stories of his homeland.

Global West, American Frontier
Winner of the 2014 Western Heritage Award for Nonfiction from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

GLOBAL WEST, AMERICAN FRONTIER: Travel, Empire, and Exceptionalism from Manifest Destiny to the Great Depression 
by David M. Wrobel

Looking at both European and American travelers’ accounts of the West, from de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America to William Least Heat-Moon’s Blue Highways, David Wrobel offers a counternarrative to the nation’s romantic entanglement with its western past and suggests the importance of some long-overlooked authors, lively and perceptive witnesses to our history who deserve new attention.

In the Shadow of Billy the Kid
Winner of the 2013 Southwest Book Awards from the Border Regional Library Association

IN THE SHADOW OF BILLY THE KID: Susan McSween and the Lincoln County War
by Kathleen P. Chamberlain

The Lincoln County War catapulted Susan McSween and a young cowboy named Henry McCarty, alias Billy the Kid, into the history books. As a woman in a man’s story, Susan McSween has been all but ignored. This is the first book to place her in a larger context.

Frontier Naturalist
Winner of the 2013 Presidio La Bahia Award

FRONTIER NATURALIST: Jean Louis Berlandier and the Exploration of Northern Mexico and Texas
by Russell M. Lawson

In 1826, Jean Louis Berlandier, a French naturalist, was part of a team sent to explore what is now northern Mexico and the Gulf Coast of Texas. Here, historian Russell Lawson tells the story of this multinational expedition, using Berlandier's copious records as a way of conveying his view of the natural environment.

Begging for Vultures 
Winner of the 
2012 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award for Poetry

2013 PEN Southwest Book Award Finalist for Poetry

2013 Writers' League of Texas Book Award Finalist for Poetry

2011 Southwest Books of the Year Notable Book

BEGGING FOR VULTURES: New and Selected Poems, 1994-2009

by Lawrence Welsh

The poetry of Lawrence Welsh crosses many borders, from South Central Los Angeles, where he was raised, to El Paso, where he has lived for almost twenty years.

Atlas of Historic NM Maps 
Winner of the 2013 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award, History–New Mexico Subject Category

by Peter L. Eidenbach

Eidenbach has compiled a collection of New Mexico’s historic maps, navigating through a varied terrain of research and discovery, even securing permissions for colonial-era maps held in special collections with limited public access. This collection, featuring beautifully rendered diagrams of New Mexico’s landscape, allows exploration of the past as seen by that past’s inhabitants.

Children of Time 
Winner of the 2013 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award, Juvenile (grade school to junior high) & Science (including mathematics) Categories

CHILDREN OF TIME: Evolution and the Human Story
by Anne Weaver, Illustrated by Matt Celeskey

Children of Time brings the evolution of human behavior to life through Anne Weaver's scientifically-informed imagination.

A Growing Season 
Winner of the 2013 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award, Tony Hillerman Award for Best Fiction

by Sue Boggio and Mare Pearl

“There are no chiles like those grown in the heart of New Mexico. In A Growing Season, Sue Boggio and Mare Pearl bring to life the deeply rooted traditions and wonderfully diverse community that sows and harvests this amazing fruit—even as drought, economic fragility, and human greed threaten it year by year.”—Ann Cummins, author of Yellowcake

Landscape Dreams, A New Mexico Portrait 
Winner of the 2013 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award, Arts Category

by Craig Varjabedian

This collection of elegantly composed black-and-white images by one of New Mexico’s most accomplished photographers, celebrates the state’s captivating physical variety and enduring allure.

Soledad Crucifixion 
Winner of the 2013 Zia Award from New Mexico Press Women

by Nancy Wood
This gripping novel tells the story of Father Lorenzo Soledad from his boyhood in a Texas bordello to his final day in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

Creating Mexican Consumer Culture 
Winner of the 2013 Thomas McGann Award from the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies

by Steven B. Bunker
Steven Bunker’s study shows how goods and consumption embodied modernity in the time of Porfirio Díaz, how they provided proof to Mexicans that “incredible things are happening in this world.

Cuauhtemoc's Bones 
Winner of the Mexican History Book Prize from the Conference on Latin American History

CUAUHTÉMOC’S BONES: Forging National Identity in Modern Mexico
by Paul Gillingham

In this engaging study, Paul Gillingham uses the revelation of the forgery of Cuauhtémoc's tomb and the responses it evoked as a means of examining the set of ideas, beliefs, and dreams that bind societies to the nation-stat

Women's Migration Networks
Winner of the 2012 Silver Past Presidents' Book Award from the Association for Borderlands Studies

by Tamar Diana Wilson
This study examines the vital role that women's labor and personal networks play, both within Mexico and transnationally, in assisting other women to migrate and in providing support for male family members as well.