Award Winners

Reservation Restless

By Jim Kristofic

2021 Southwest Books of the Year
Winner of the 2020 New Mexico–Arizona Book Award for Autobiography & Memoir

“Once in a great while, a miracle of a book comes along, a gift that both touches the heart and engages the mind. Reservation Restless is such a book.”—Anne Hillerman, New York Times best-selling author of Rock with Wings and The Tale Teller

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.

Chile Peppers

A Global History
By Dave DeWitt

2021 Southwest Books of the Year

In Chile Peppers: A Global History, Dave DeWitt, a world expert on chiles, travels from New Mexico across the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia chronicling the history, mystery, and mythology of chiles around the world and their abundant uses in seventy mouth-tingling recipes.

The King of Taos

A Novel
By Max Evans

Winner of the 2021 Western Heritage Award for Outstanding Western Novel

Max Evans, the beloved New Mexican writer of such enduring classics of Western fiction as The Rounders and The Hi-Lo Country, returns to form with The King of Taos.

Try to Get Lost

Essays on Travel and Place
By Joan Frank

Finalist for the 2020 Big Other Book Award for Nonfiction

Try to Get Lost is a bold, engaging disquisition on the perils and promises of travel: both cranky and wise, worldly and cultivated, humorous and rueful, its every sentence sparkles. All in all, it is thoroughly entertaining, a sophisticated pleasure.”—Phillip Lopate, author of A Mother’s Tale

Subjects: EssaysLiterature

Same Players, Different Game

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

2020 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards Finalist for Adventure, Sports & Recreation
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 Origins of Macho

Men and Masculinity in Colonial Mexico
By Sonya Lipsett-Rivera

Winner of the 2020 María Elena Martínez Prize in Mexican History from the Conference on Latin American History
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.

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.

Subjects: MemoirLiterature

Reckless Steps toward Sanity

A Memoir
By Judith Sara Gelt

Winner of the High Plains Book Award for a First Book

Throughout her memoir Gelt reflects upon how risk taking has shaped her relationships with and her attitudes toward men and sex, her daughter, Judaism, and her own eventual diagnosis of major depressive disorder.

Subjects: Memoir

Medicine Women

The Story of the First Native American Nursing School
By Jim Kristofic

Winner of the 2020 New Mexico–Arizona Book Award for History–Arizona
Winner of the 2019 Southwest Book Award from the Border Regional Library Association

In this detailed history Jim Kristofic traces the story of Ganado Mission on the Navajo Indian Reservation.

Subjects: HistorySouthwest