Award Winners

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

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.

Staging Frontiers

The Making of Modern Popular Culture in Argentina and Uruguay
By William Garrett Acree

Winner of the 2020 Best Book in the Nineteenth Century Award from the LASA Nineteenth Century Section

In this expansive and engaging narrative William Acree guides readers through the deep history of popular entertainment before turning to circus culture and rural dramas that celebrated the countryside on stage.

Mexico in the Time of Cholera

By Donald Fithian Stevens

Winner of the 2020 Thomas McGann Book Prize from the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies

The book takes the devastating 1833 cholera epidemic as its dramatic center and expands beyond this episode to explore love, lust, lies, and midwives.

The Origins of Macho

Men and Masculinity in Colonial Mexico
By Sonya Lipsett-Rivera

Honorable Mention for the 2020 Judy Ewell Award for Best Publication on Women's History from the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies

Lipsett-Rivera traces the genesis of the Mexican macho by looking at daily interactions between Mexican men in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

A Most Splendid Company

The Coronado Expedition in Global Perspective
By Richard FlintShirley Cushing Flint

Winner of the 2020 Fray Francisco Atanasio Domínguez Award from the Historical Society of New Mexico

This magisterial volume unveils Richard and Shirley Flint’s deep research into the Latin American and Spanish archives in an effort to track down the history of the participants who came north with the Coronado expedition in 1540.


The African Slave Who Explored America
By Dennis Herrick

Finalist for the 2019 CSAW Award for Outstanding Western Book from the Center for the Study of the American West

In this work Herrick dispels the myths and outright lies about Esteban. His biography emphasizes Esteban rather than the Spaniards whose exploits are often exaggerated and jingoistic in the sixteenth-century chronicles.

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.

Tides of Revolution

Information, Insurgencies, and the Crisis of Colonial Rule in Venezuela
By Cristina Soriano

Winner of the 2019 Bolton-Johnson Prize from the Conference on Latin American History

This is a book about the links between politics and literacy, and about how radical ideas spread in a world without printing presses.


By Sarah Viren

Winner of the 2020 Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award for Creative Non-fiction
Longlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay
2019 Lambda Literary Award Finalist for Lesbian Memoir/Biography
Silver Winner for Essays in 2018 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards

Mining her own life and those of others, Sarah Viren considers the contingencies of ownership alongside the realities of loss in this debut essay collection.

Headed into the Wind

A Memoir
By Jack Loeffler

2019 Southwest Books of the Year
Shortlisted for the 2020 Reading the West Advocacy Award

Loeffler, a former jazz musician, fire lookout, museum curator, bioregionalist, and self-taught aural historian, shares his humor and imagination, his adventures, observations, reflections, and meditations along the trail in his retelling of a life well lived.