Award Winners


A Novel
By Norma Elia Cantú

Finalist for the 2020 Jesse H. Jones Award for Best Work of Fiction

In Cantú's latest novel Nena must decide where she can best be true to her entire self: in Spain with Paco or in Laredo, her home, where her job and family await her return.

Subjects: Fiction


The African Slave Who Explored America
By Dennis Herrick

Finalist for the 2019 CSAW Award for Outstanding Western Book from the Center for the Study of the American West

In this work Herrick dispels the myths and outright lies about Esteban. His biography emphasizes Esteban rather than the Spaniards whose exploits are often exaggerated and jingoistic in the sixteenth-century chronicles.

I Am a Stranger Here Myself

By Debra Gwartney

Finalist for the 2020 Sarah Winnemucca Award for Creative Nonfiction from the Oregon Book Awards

Part history, part memoir, I Am a Stranger Here Myself taps dimensions of human yearning: the need to belong, the snarl of family history, and embracing womanhood in the patriarchal American West.

Subjects: MemoirLiterature

Tides of Revolution

Information, Insurgencies, and the Crisis of Colonial Rule in Venezuela
By Cristina Soriano

Winner of the 2019 Bolton-Johnson Prize from the Conference on Latin American History

This is a book about the links between politics and literacy, and about how radical ideas spread in a world without printing presses.


By Sarah Viren

Winner of the 2020 Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award for Creative Non-fiction
Longlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay
2019 Lambda Literary Award Finalist for Lesbian Memoir/Biography
Silver Winner for Essays in 2018 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards

Mining her own life and those of others, Sarah Viren considers the contingencies of ownership alongside the realities of loss in this debut essay collection.

Subjects: EssaysLiterature

Headed into the Wind

A Memoir
By Jack Loeffler

2019 Southwest Books of the Year

Loeffler, a former jazz musician, fire lookout, museum curator, bioregionalist, and self-taught aural historian, shares his humor and imagination, his adventures, observations, reflections, and meditations along the trail in his retelling of a life well lived.

Cutting the Wire

Photographs and Poetry from the US-Mexico Border
By Ray GonzalezLawrence Welsh
Edited by Lisa McNiel
Photographs by Bruce Berman

Winner of the 2019 Southwest Book Award from the Border Regional Library Association
2018 Southwest Books of the Year
New Mexico-Arizona Book Award Finalist in Arts

Cutting the Wire, a masterful collaboration between photographer Bruce Berman and poets Ray Gonzalez and Lawrence Welsh, offers us a way to look again, to really look, at the border between Mexico and the United States.

Medicine Women

The Story of the First Native American Nursing School
By Jim Kristofic

Winner of the 2019 Southwest Book Award from the Border Regional Library Association

In this detailed history Jim Kristofic traces the story of Ganado Mission on the Navajo Indian Reservation.

Subjects: HistorySouthwest

Living in Silverado

Secret Jews in the Silver Mining Towns of Colonial Mexico
By David M. Gitlitz

Finalist for the 2019 National Jewish Book Award for Sephardic Culture from Jewish Book Council

In this thoroughly researched work, David M. Gitlitz traces the lives and fortunes of three clusters of sixteenth-century crypto-Jews in Mexico’s silver mining towns.

Camera Hunter

George Shiras III and the Birth of Wildlife Photography
By James H. McCommons

Selected as a 2020 Michigan Notable Book by the Library of Michigan

This biography serves as an important record of Shiras’s accomplishments as a visual artist, wildlife conservationist, adventurer, and legislator.