Award Winners

The Gospel According to Billy the Kid

A Novel
By Dennis McCarthy

2021 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award Winner for Fiction–New Mexico Historical

Here is a tale of the old New Mexico territory, corrupt lawmen, honest ranchers, murder, betrayal, and the explosive events of the Lincoln County War that sent young Billy off seeking justice—and headed toward a bloody rendezvous with a sheriff hired to track him down.

Subjects: Fiction

Arizona's Scenic Roads and Hikes

Unforgettable Journeys in the Grand Canyon State
By Roger Naylor

2021 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award Winner for Travel Arizona and Best Arizona Book

In this captivating new guide Roger Naylor features all twenty-seven of Arizona’s state-designated scenic and historic roads, including five National Scenic Byways.

At the Precipice

New Mexico's Changing Climate
By Laura Paskus

2021 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award Winner for Nature/Environment
2021 Best of Santa Fe Third Place Winner for Best New Book by a New Mexico Author

At the Precipice explores the question many of us have asked ourselves: What kind of world are we leaving to our children?

A Hundred Little Pieces on the End of the World

By John Rember

2020 Idaho Book of the Year Honorable Mention

Through these ten essays, each further broken into ten smaller pieces, Rember examines the practical and ethical dilemmas of climate change, population, resource depletion, and mass extinction.

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

How Nature Works

Rethinking Labor on a Troubled Planet
Edited by Sarah BeskyAlex Blanchette

Winner of the 2021 Society for the Anthropology of Work (SAW) Book Prize

The authors of this volume push ethnographic inquiry beyond the anthropocentric documentation of human work on nature in order to develop a language for thinking about how all labor is a collective ecological act.

Subjects: Anthropology

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.

Querencia

Reflections on the New Mexico Homeland
Edited by Vanessa Fonseca-ChávezLevi RomeroSpencer R. Herrera

Finalist for the 2021 International Latino Book Award for Best Nonfiction—Multi-Author
2021 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction Anthology

This collection of both deeply personal reflections and carefully researched studies explores the New Mexico homeland through the experiences and perspectives of Chicanx and indigenous/Genízaro writers and scholars from across the state.

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.

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
2021 Ermine Wheeler-Voegelin Award Honorable Mention from the American Society for Ethnohistory

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.

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