Award Winners


A Social History of the Albuquerque Locomotive Repair Shops
By Richard FlintShirley Cushing Flint

Winner of the 2021 Southwest Book Award from the Border Regional Library Association

In Overhaul, historians Richard Flint and Shirley Cushing Flint present the largely forgotten story of Albuquerque’s locomotive repair shops, which were the driving force behind the city’s economy for more than seventy years.

Subjects: HistorySouthwest


By Michelle Otero

Winner of the 2021 Southwest Book Award from the Border Regional Library Association
2021 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award Finalist for Poetry–New Mexico

In her debut poetry collection, Bosque, Otero celebrates the importance of water and the bosque to the people of Albuquerque.

Subjects: Poetry

The Shoulders We Stand On

A History of Bilingual Education in New Mexico
Edited by Rebecca Blum MartínezMary Jean Habermann López

Winner of the 2021 Southwest Book Award from the Border Regional Library Association

The Shoulders We Stand On traces the complex history of bilingual education in New Mexico, covering Spanish, Diné, and Pueblo languages.

The Gospel According to Billy the Kid

A Novel
By Dennis McCarthy

2021 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award Winner for Fiction–New Mexico Historical

Here is a tale of the old New Mexico territory, corrupt lawmen, honest ranchers, murder, betrayal, and the explosive events of the Lincoln County War that sent young Billy off seeking justice—and headed toward a bloody rendezvous with a sheriff hired to track him down.

Subjects: Fiction

Arizona's Scenic Roads and Hikes

Unforgettable Journeys in the Grand Canyon State
By Roger Naylor

2021 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award Winner for Travel Arizona and Best Arizona Book

In this captivating new guide Roger Naylor features all twenty-seven of Arizona’s state-designated scenic and historic roads, including five National Scenic Byways.

At the Precipice

New Mexico's Changing Climate
By Laura Paskus

2021 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award Winner for Nature/Environment
2021 Best of Santa Fe Third Place Winner for Best New Book by a New Mexico Author

At the Precipice explores the question many of us have asked ourselves: What kind of world are we leaving to our children?

A Hundred Little Pieces on the End of the World

By John Rember

2020 Idaho Book of the Year Honorable Mention

Through these ten essays, each further broken into ten smaller pieces, Rember examines the practical and ethical dilemmas of climate change, population, resource depletion, and mass extinction.

How Nature Works

Rethinking Labor on a Troubled Planet
Edited by Sarah BeskyAlex Blanchette

Winner of the 2021 Society for the Anthropology of Work (SAW) Book Prize

The authors of this volume push ethnographic inquiry beyond the anthropocentric documentation of human work on nature in order to develop a language for thinking about how all labor is a collective ecological act.

Subjects: Anthropology


Reflections on the New Mexico Homeland
Edited by Vanessa Fonseca-ChávezLevi RomeroSpencer R. Herrera

Finalist for the 2021 International Latino Book Award for Best Nonfiction—Multi-Author
2021 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction Anthology

This collection of both deeply personal reflections and carefully researched studies explores the New Mexico homeland through the experiences and perspectives of Chicanx and indigenous/Genízaro writers and scholars from across the state.

Ladina Social Activism in Guatemala City, 1871-1954

By Patricia Harms

Winner of the CALACS Book Prize 2021 from the Canadian Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Winner of the 2021 Judy Ewell Book Prize from the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies

In this groundbreaking new study on ladinas in Guatemala City, Patricia Harms contests the virtual erasure of women from the country’s national memory and its historical consciousness.