Award Winners

Gather the Night

By Katherine DiBella Seluja

New Mexico-Arizona Book Award Finalist in Poetry

These poems grieve for a world of the lost while extending solace to those who remain and remember.

Subjects: Poetry

Fifty Years at the Pit

The University of New Mexico's Legendary Venue
By Gary Herron

New Mexico-Arizona Book Award Finalist in Sports/Recreation

With almost two hundred color photographs, this illustrative explosion shows you the players, the plays, the coaches, and the sold-out crowds dressed in red.

Subjects: SportsSouthwest

Sacred Smokes

By Theodore C. Van Alst

Winner of the 2018 Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing from the Working-Class Studies Association
Selected for the Recommended Fiction Book List of the 2019 In the Margins Book Award

This dark, compelling, occasionally inappropriate, and often hilarious linked story collection introduces a character who defies all stereotypes about urban life and Indians.

Subjects: Fiction


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.

Subjects: EssaysLiterature


By Jill Metcoff

2018 Southwest Book Design and Production Award for Art and Photography

Jill Metcoff pairs her photographs from controlled burns with historical commentary, poetic reflections, and her own observations to construct a vibrant narrative of prose and imagery.

Subjects: Photography

Whither the Waters

Mapping the Great Basin from Bernardo de Miera to John C. Frémont
By John L. Kessell

Winner of the 2018 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award's Father Thomas J. Steele Award for History
2018 Southwest Book Design and Production Award Finalist for Trade Book, Illustrated

This book places the man and the map in historical context, reminding readers of the enduring significance of Miera y Pacheco.

Subjects: HistorySouthwest

Early Churches of Mexico

An Architect's View
By Beverley Spears

2018 Southwest Book Design and Production Award for Best in Show
2018 Southwest Book Design and Production Award for Trade Book, Illustrated

Following the Spanish conquest of Mexico in the early 1500s, Franciscan, Dominican, and Augustinian friars fanned out across the central and southern areas of the country, founding hundreds of mission churches and monasteries to evangelize the Native population. This book documents more than 120 of these remarkable sixteenth-century sites in duotone black-and-white photographs.


A Search for Place
By Jennifer Case

Recipient of the Honorable Mention in Memoir from the Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards

By chronicling her migratory adulthood alongside the similarly unpredictable history of Sawbill Lodge, this memoir offers a resonant meditation on home, family, environment, and the human desire for place in the inherently mobile twenty-first century.

Subjects: MemoirLiterature

Art, Peace, and Transcendence

Réograms That Elevate and Unite
By Paul Ré

Winner of the 2016 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award for Philosophy
2019 Independent Press Award—Distinguished Favorite for Fine Arts

American artist Paul Ré invites us to join him on his journey for harmony, wisdom, and inner joy with Art, Peace, and Transcendence.

Subjects: ArtSouthwest

The House at Otowi Bridge

The Story of Edith Warner and Los Alamos
By Peggy Pond Church

Winner of the Richard Harris Award for Publishing Excellence from the New Mexico Book Association

The haunting experiences of a shy Pennsylvania woman who opened a tearoom in her adobe home that became a haven for neighboring nuclear scientists and Indians alike.