Two UNM Press authors were among winners of the 2009 Book of the Year Awards announced by ForeWord Magazine at a ceremony at BookExpo America held recently in New York City.

Rebecca Reider's Dreaming the Biosphere, the tangled tale of the creation, and eventual disintegration, of the experimental eco-utopio known as Biosphere 2, won the Gold in the Environment category. Reider has worked and written on issues of human and ecological community around the world. Her projects have spanned from Biosphere 2 to indigenous communities in the Amazon, to New Zealand, where she currently works with organic farmers.

Ladette Randolph received Honorable Mention in the General Fiction category for her novel, A Sandhills Ballad, the story of Mary Rasmussen, a strong-willed and independent young ranch woman who, after her life as she knows it is ended by heartbreak, suddenly feels that all she has believed in—God, her instincts, the land itself—has failed her. Randolph is executive director of the renowned literary journal, Ploughshares, and a distinguished-publisher-in-residence in the Writing, Literature, and Publishing program at Emerson College in Boston.

ForeWord Reviews' Book of the Year Awards were established to recognize the literary and graphic achievements of independent publishers and their authors.  A panel of librarian and bookseller judges who base their decisions on editorial excellence, professional production, originality of the narrative, author credentials relative to the book and the value the book adds to its genre select the winning titles each year.

For more information contact Katherine MacGilvray, UNM Press (505) 277-3291 or e-mail katm@unm.edu.