Award Winners

I Am a Stranger Here Myself

By Debra Gwartney

Winner of the 2020 WILLA Literary Award in Creative Nonfiction from Women Writing the West
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.

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: Memoir

Reservation Restless

By Jim Kristofic

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

Medicine Women

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

Winner of the 2020 New Mexico–Arizona Book Award for History–Arizona
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.

Sandia Mountain Hiking Guide

By Mike Coltrin

Winner of the 2020 New Mexico–Arizona Book Award for Sports/Recreation

This classic hiking guide to Albuquerque’s Sandia Mountain is completely updated with color photographs, up-to-date trail descriptions, detailed maps, additional GPS data, and modified difficulty ratings for many of the featured hikes.

Arizona State Parks

A Guide to Amazing Places in the Grand Canyon State
By Roger Naylor

Winner of the 2020 New Mexico–Arizona Book Award for Travel

In this guide we join travel writer Roger Naylor as he takes us through the state parks of this amazing region.

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.

Cabañuelas

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.

Subjects: FictionWLA20

Ballad of a Slopsucker

Stories
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 Space-Age Presidency of John F. Kennedy

A Rare Photographic History
By John BisneyJ. L. Pickering

Winner of the Bronze Medal for U.S. History in the 2020 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Book Awards
2020 New Mexico–Arizona Book Award Finalist for History–Other

This engaging and unprecedented work captures the compelling story of John F. Kennedy’s role in advancing the United States’ space program, set against the Cold War with the Soviet Union.

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