Award Winners

Ladina Social Activism in Guatemala City, 1871-1954

By Patricia Harms

Winner of the CALACS Book Prize 2021 from the Canadian Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Winner of the 2021 Judy Ewell Book Prize from the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies

In this groundbreaking new study on ladinas in Guatemala City, Patricia Harms contests the virtual erasure of women from the country’s national memory and its historical consciousness.


An Earthquake, a Legendary Mountain Guide, and Everest's Deadliest Day
By Jennifer Hull

First Place for a Nonfiction Book for Adult Readers, Biography or History, from the National Federation of Press Women Communications Contest Winner of the 2021 Zia Book Award from New Mexico Press Women

Shook tells the story of resilience, nerve, and survival on the deadliest day on Everest.

Georgia O'Keeffe

A Life Well Lived
By Malcolm Varon

Bronze Winner for Photography in 2020 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards

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

Honorable Mention for Art in 2020 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards

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

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
2021 High Plains Book Award for Nonfiction Finalist

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.

River Teeth

Twenty Years of Creative Nonfiction
Edited by Joe MackallDaniel W. Lehman

Winner of the Gold Medal for Anthologies in the 2021 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Book Awards

To celebrate twenty years of introducing talented new writers to readers and publishing great nonfiction, the founding editors, Joe Mackall and Daniel W. Lehman, have selected their all-time favorite essays published in River Teeth in this stunning collection.

Subjects: EssaysLiterature

The Conquest of the Desert

Argentina’s Indigenous Peoples and the Battle for History
Edited by Carolyne R. Larson

Winner of the 2021 Thomas McGann Book Prize from the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies

This collection explores issues of settler colonialism, Indigenous-state relations, genocide, borderlands, and Indigenous cultures and land rights through essays that reexamine one of Argentina’s most important historical periods.

Colonial Kinship

Guaraní, Spaniards, and Africans in Paraguay
By Shawn Michael Austin

Winner of the 2021 Bandelier/Lavrin Book Prize from the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies

In Colonial Kinship: Guaraní, Spaniards, and Africans in Paraguay, historian Shawn Michael Austin traces the history of conquest and colonization in Paraguay during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Nación Genízara

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

Winner of the 2021 Heritage Publication Award from the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division
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.

Feel Puma

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.

Subjects: Poetry