Award Winners

Feel Puma

Poems
By Ray Gonzalez

Finalist for the 2021 Helen C. Smith Memorial Award for Best Book of Poetry
Finalist for the 2021 Minnesota Book Award in Poetry

In Feel Puma, Ray Gonzalez traces his love of reading, philosophy, and learning with poems constantly in conversation—with each other, with texts by other writers and the writers themselves, with world history and his personal history and people he has encountered.

Reservation Restless

By Jim Kristofic

2021 Southwest Books of the Year
Winner of the 2020 New Mexico–Arizona Book Award for Autobiography & Memoir

“Once in a great while, a miracle of a book comes along, a gift that both touches the heart and engages the mind. Reservation Restless is such a book.”—Anne Hillerman, New York Times best-selling author of Rock with Wings and The Tale Teller

Riding Shotgun with Norman Wallace

Rephotographing the Arizona Landscape
By William Wyckoff

2021 Southwest Books of the Year

In Riding Shotgun with Norman Wallace, award-winning geographer William Wyckoff celebrates the photographic legacy of Norman Grant Wallace, whose work as an Arizona highway engineer during the first half of the twentieth century afforded him the opportunity to survey every corner of the Grand Canyon State.

Chile Peppers

A Global History
By Dave DeWitt

2021 Southwest Books of the Year

In Chile Peppers: A Global History, Dave DeWitt, a world expert on chiles, travels from New Mexico across the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia chronicling the history, mystery, and mythology of chiles around the world and their abundant uses in seventy mouth-tingling recipes.

Shakespeare in Montana

Big Sky Country’s Love Affair with the World’s Most Famous Writer
By Gretchen E. Minton

Winner of the 2020 Montana Book Award

Tracing more than two centuries of history, Shakespeare in Montana uncovers a vast array of different voices that capture the state’s love affair with the world’s most famous writer.

The King of Taos

A Novel
By Max Evans

Winner of the 2021 Western Heritage Award for Outstanding Western Novel

Max Evans, the beloved New Mexican writer of such enduring classics of Western fiction as The Rounders and The Hi-Lo Country, returns to form with The King of Taos.

Try to Get Lost

Essays on Travel and Place
By Joan Frank

Finalist for the 2020 Big Other Book Award for Nonfiction

Try to Get Lost is a bold, engaging disquisition on the perils and promises of travel: both cranky and wise, worldly and cultivated, humorous and rueful, its every sentence sparkles. All in all, it is thoroughly entertaining, a sophisticated pleasure.”—Phillip Lopate, author of A Mother’s Tale

Georgia O'Keeffe

A Life Well Lived
By Malcolm Varon

2020 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards Finalist for Photography

This book is the first collection of photographs to portray O’Keeffe and her surroundings in color.

Dreams Unreal

The Genesis of the Psychedelic Rock Poster
By Titus O’Brien

2020 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards Finalist for Art

The poster art that gave visual life to the amazing music of 1965 to 1970 lives on in Dreams Unreal.

Same Players, Different Game

An Examination of the Commercial College Athletics Industry
By John C. Barnes

2020 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards Finalist for Adventure, Sports & Recreation
2020 New Mexico–Arizona Book Award Finalist for Sports/Recreation

In this thought-provoking new book, John C. Barnes examines the contemporary state of commercial college athletics as a guide for current and potential administrators, coaches, regents, and others involved in collegiate athletic operations and decision-making.

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