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Southwest Book Awards Announced

The Border Regional Library Association is pleased to announce the 42nd Annual Southwest Book Awards.  Since 1971, the awards have been presented in recognition of outstanding books about the Southwest published each year in any genre (e.g. fiction, nonfiction, reference) and directed toward any audience (scholarly, popular, children).  Original video and audio materials are also considered.brla_smallcolor

The 2013 winners are:

 Amadito and the Hero Children / Amadito y los Niños Heroes, by Enrique R. Lamadrid, illustrations by Amy Cordova (University of New Mexico Press)

Border Junkies, by Scott Comar (University of Texas Press)

En el Puente con la Migra, edited by Hector Antonio Padilla Delgado (Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juárez)

 From this Wicked Patch of Dust, by Sergio Troncoso (University of Arizona Press)

 Grandpa Lolo’s Navajo Saddle Blanket / La Tilma de Abuelito Lolo, by Nasario Garcia (University of New Mexico Press)

 Hard to Have Heroes, by Buddy Mays (University of New Mexico Press)

•  The Plazas of New Mexico, edited by Chris Wilson and Stefanos Polyzoides (Trinity University Press)

Santa Rita del Cobre: A Copper Mining Community in New Mexico, by Christopher J. Huggard and Terrence M. Humble (University Press of Colorado)

Award eligibility is based on five criteria: Materials must be about the Southwest, defined as West Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and northern Mexico; appearing in book or nonprint format for the first time; published between August 1, 2011, and July 31, 2012; of high quality, both in the context of the current year’s entries and in the existing body of Southwestern literature; and books which reflect and interpret the Southwest. 

A scholarly work must make a well documented contribution to scholarship in some aspect of Southwestern history or culture.  Other nonfiction works should make reliable information accessible to the general reader.  Poetry and fiction must reflect Southwestern culture and/or be set in the Southwest.

For more information please contact John Sandstrom, Acquisitions Librarian, NMSU Library, (575) 646-8093 or

February 2, 2013 Categories: News Southwest Book Awards Announced