University of New Mexico Press has several titles featured in the 2010 list of must-reads and notable books on the Southwest Books of the Year, as selected by the Tucson-Pima County Public Library.


Santa Fe Nativa: A Collection of Nuevomexicano Writing edited by UNM faculty members Rosalie C. Otero, A. Gabriel Melendez and Enrique R. Lamadrid was one of 15 titles selected as "Best Reads" of 2010. Divided into nine parts, this anthology honors Santa Fe's role as a unique geographic and symbolic center for New Mexican Hispanic culture.

Panelist Patricia Etter said, "Here are wonderful Santa Fe stories written through the ages. They celebrate the city's 400th year and honor its contribution to the foundations of Nuevomexicano culture, with themes that include observations of change over time, lament for the past, and traditions that have stood the test of time. More than 30 authors contributed stories in English and in Spanish that range from a curandera's recipe for a lovelorn ex-husband to the romance of the chili pepper, with many delightful stops in between."

Five UNM Press titles were also included on the "Notable Books" list:

Grandpa's Magic Tortilla by Demetria Martínez and Rosalee Montoya-Read
The Road from Frijoles Canyon: Anthropological Adventures on Four Continents by William Y. Adams
Tamarind Touchstones, Fabulous at Fifty: Celebrating Excellence in Fine Art Lithography edited by Marjorie Devon
Texas Ranger Biographies: Those Who Served 1910-1921 by Charles H. Harris, Louis R. Sadler, and Frances E. Harris
The University of New Mexico by V. B. Price with photographs by Robert Reck

Panelist Margaret Loghry included Across the Great Divide: A Photo Chronicle of the Counterculutre by Roberta Price as one of her picks and Carla Aragón's Dance of the Eggshells: Baile de los Cascarones was among panelist Deb Bock's Children's Picks.
Southwest Books of the Year–Best Reading 2010 is published by the Southwest Literature Project of Pima County Public Library in partnership with the Friends of the Pima County Public Library and the Arizona Historical Society.

For more information, contact Katherine MacGilvray at UNM Press.