Date: February 7, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Jeanette Smith, NMSU Library, (575) 646-7492, email@example.com
The Border Regional Library Association is pleased to announce the fortieth 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 (for example, fiction, nonfiction or reference) and directed toward any audience (scholarly, popular or children’s). Original video and audio materials are also considered.
The winners of the fortieth annual Southwest Book Awards are:
40 Minutes of Hell: The Extraordinary Life of Nolan Richardson, by Rus Bradburd (Amistad,2010).
Crossers, by Philip Caputo (Alfred A. Knopf, 2009).
Dreamland: The Way Out of Juarez, by Charles Bowden (University of Texas Press, 2010).
Drug War Zone: Frontline Dispatches from the Streets of El Paso and Juarez, by Howard Campbell (University of Texas Press, 2009).
Imaginary Lines: Border Enforcement and the Origins of Undocumented Immigration, 1882-1930, by Patrick Ettinger (University of Texas Press, 2009).
In the Path of Falling Objects, by Andrew Smith (Feiwel & Friends, 2009).
Into the Desert Light: Early El Paso Art, 1850-1960, by Carol Price Miller, et al. (El Paso Museum of Art, 2010).
The Life and Writing of Fray Angelico Chavez: A New Mexico Renaissance Man, by Ellen McCracken (University of New Mexico Press, 2009).
Literary El Paso, edited by Marcia Hatfield Daudistel (TCU Press, 2009).
Murder City: Ciudad Juarez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields, by Charles Bowden (Nation Books, 2010).
Eligibility for this year’s Southwest Book Awards was based on five criteria:
1. About the Southwest, defined as West Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and northern Mexico.
2. Appearing in book or non-print format for the first time.
3. Published between August 1, 2009, and July 31, 2010.
4. Of high quality, both in the context of the current year’s entries and in the existing body of Southwestern literature.
5. 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.
The Southwest Book Awards, as well as Border Regional Library Association (BRLA) awards for Librarian of the Year and Library Staff Person of the Year, will be presented at the BRLA Awards Banquet to be held at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing on Saturday, February 26, beginning at 6 p.m. Several of the authors will be present to sell and sign copies of their books. The cost is $30, and reservations must be made and paid for by Monday, February 21. The public is welcome. Banquet information and registration forms are available at http://brla.info/banquetreg.htm.
For more information please contact John Sandstrom, Acquisitions Librarian, New Mexico State University Library, at (575) 646-8093 or firstname.lastname@example.org.