Award Winners

The Raptors of North America

A Coloring Book of Eagles, Hawks, Falcons, and Owls
By Anne Price
Illustrations by Donald Malick

Winner of the 2020 Skipping Stones Honor Award for Nature and Ecology Books

The Raptors of North America provides a creative and educational overview of the majestic birds found throughout North America and encourages us to continue exploring the birds we find in our own backyards and beyond.

to cleave

By Barbara Rockman

First Place for a Book of Poetry from the National Federation of Press Women Communications Contest
2020 New Mexico–Arizona Book Award Finalist for Poetry–New Mexico

In this stunning collection Rockman explores the themes of aging; our relationships to our bodies; marriage; and the surprises, griefs, and joys of motherhood.

Subjects: PoetryVSM20

Reckless Steps toward Sanity

A Memoir
By Judith Sara Gelt

Winner of the High Plains Book Award for a First Book

Throughout her memoir Gelt reflects upon how risk taking has shaped her relationships with and her attitudes toward men and sex, her daughter, Judaism, and her own eventual diagnosis of major depressive disorder.

Subjects: MemoirVSM20

To Serve the People

My Life Organizing with Cesar Chavez and the Poor
By LeRoy Chatfield

Third Place Winner for Catholic Social Teaching in the 2020 Catholic Press Association Book Awards

In this collection of what the author calls Easy Essays, Chatfield recounts his childhood, explains the social issues that have played a significant role in his life and work, and uncovers the lack of justice he saw all too frequently.

Nación Genízara

Ethnogenesis, Place, and Identity in New Mexico
Edited by Moises GonzalesEnrique R. Lamadrid

Second Place Winner of the 2020 International Latino Book Award for Best History Book
2020 New Mexico–Arizona Book Award Finalist for History–New Mexico

Nación Genízara examines the history, cultural evolution, and survival of the Genízaro people.


A Novel
By Norma Elia Cantú

2020 International Latino Book Award Honorable Mention for the Rudolfo Anaya Best Latino Focused Fiction Book—English or Bilingual
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.

Ballad of a Slopsucker

By Juan Alvarado Valdivia

2020 International Latino Book Award Honorable Mention for Best Collection of Short Stories—English or Bilingual

Based in Northern California and examining a variety of themes, including love, family, and masculinity, these stories offer an important new perspective on the experiences of Latinos and Latinas in the United States and complicate ideas of nationhood, identity, and the definition of home.


The Art of Beth Cavener
By Garth ClarkEzra ShalesLauren Redding

Winner of the Gold Medal for Fine Art in the 2020 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Book Awards
Winner of the 2020 Independent Press Award for Fine Arts

The animals in Beth Cavener’s work are better described as avatars, embodiments of persons or emotions that disguise her subjects.

Subjects: ArtVSM20

The Life and Art of Wilson Hurley

Celebrating the Richness of Reality
By Rosalyn Roembke Hurley
Edited by Susan Hallsten McGarry

Winner of the Silver Medal for Fine Art in the 2020 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Book Awards

In paintings of natural wonders throughout the galaxy, Wilson Hurley was committed to expressing his love of the richness of reality.

Subjects: ArtVSM20WHA20

The Magnolia Code

By Joan Brooks Baker

2020 Independent Press Award—Distinguished Favorite for Memoir

In this embellished memoir, Baker shares how she navigated her bifurcated world, defying the Magnolia Code and finding role models in rebellious women.