Award Winners

Headed into the Wind

A Memoir
By Jack Loeffler

2019 Southwest Books of the Year
Shortlisted for the 2020 Reading the West Advocacy Award
2020 New Mexico–Arizona Book Award Finalist for Autobiography & Memoir

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.

Guide to the Plants of Arizona's White Mountains

By George C. West

2020 New Mexico–Arizona Book Award Finalist for Nature/Environment

George C. West provides a simple and quick guide written especially for amateur plant lovers, nature enthusiasts, interested hikers, tourists, and botanists who want to learn more about the plants of the White Mountains in east-central Arizona.

Subjects: NatureSouthwest

The Music of Her Rivers

By Renny Golden

2020 New Mexico–Arizona Book Award Finalist for Poetry–New Mexico

“Her rivers are urgent witnesses; her rivers sing truths, shimmer in the darkness. Here are songs pure as water to nourish and cleanse us in the season of lies.”—Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street

Subjects: Poetry

to cleave

By Barbara Rockman

First Place for a Book of Poetry from the National Federation of Press Women Communications Contest
2020 New Mexico–Arizona Book Award Finalist for Poetry–New Mexico

In this stunning collection Rockman explores the themes of aging; our relationships to our bodies; marriage; and the surprises, griefs, and joys of motherhood.

Subjects: Poetry

Same Players, Different Game

An Examination of the Commercial College Athletics Industry
By John C. Barnes

2020 New Mexico–Arizona Book Award Finalist for Sports/Recreation

In this thought-provoking new book, John C. Barnes examines the contemporary state of commercial college athletics as a guide for current and potential administrators, coaches, regents, and others involved in collegiate athletic operations and decision-making.

Subjects: SportsBusiness

The Raptors of North America

A Coloring Book of Eagles, Hawks, Falcons, and Owls
By Anne Price
Illustrations by Donald Malick

Winner of the 2020 Skipping Stones Honor Award for Nature and Ecology Books

The Raptors of North America provides a creative and educational overview of the majestic birds found throughout North America and encourages us to continue exploring the birds we find in our own backyards and beyond.

Subjects: ChildrenNature

To Serve the People

My Life Organizing with Cesar Chavez and the Poor
By LeRoy Chatfield

Third Place Winner for Catholic Social Teaching in the 2020 Catholic Press Association Book Awards

In this collection of what the author calls Easy Essays, Chatfield recounts his childhood, explains the social issues that have played a significant role in his life and work, and uncovers the lack of justice he saw all too frequently.


The Art of Beth Cavener
By Garth ClarkEzra ShalesLauren Redding

Winner of the Gold Medal for Fine Art in the 2020 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Book Awards
Winner of the 2020 Independent Press Award for Fine Arts

The animals in Beth Cavener’s work are better described as avatars, embodiments of persons or emotions that disguise her subjects.

Subjects: Art

The Life and Art of Wilson Hurley

Celebrating the Richness of Reality
By Rosalyn Roembke Hurley
Edited by Susan Hallsten McGarry

Winner of the Silver Medal for Fine Art in the 2020 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Book Awards

In paintings of natural wonders throughout the galaxy, Wilson Hurley was committed to expressing his love of the richness of reality.

Subjects: Art

The Magnolia Code

By Joan Brooks Baker

2020 Independent Press Award—Distinguished Favorite for Memoir

In this embellished memoir, Baker shares how she navigated her bifurcated world, defying the Magnolia Code and finding role models in rebellious women.