Two books published by the University of New Mexico Press were recently honored with awards from the Story Circle Network (SCN) and the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies (RMCLAS)

Leaving Tinkertown, by Tanya Ward Goodman, won the 2014 Sarton Memoir Award from the SCN. In the book, Goodman tells the story of her father Ross Ward’s early-onset dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Ward was an eccentric artist and collector whose unique museum, Tinkertown, brought visitors from all over the world to the Sandia Mountains outside Albuquerque. Tanya Ward Goodman’s essays appeared in the Cup of Comfort anthology series, Literary Mama, The Huffington Post and She lives in Los Angeles, Calif., with her husband and their two children.

The Sarton Memoir Award is sponsored by the Story Circle Network, an international nonprofit association of women authors. It is presented annually to the best woman's memoir published in the United States and Canada. Entries are judged by two panels. The first round is conducted by a panel of SCN members, from there, the best selections move on to a panel of professional librarians across the country, who select the winner.

Workers Go Shopping in Argentina: The Rise of Popular Consumer Culture, by Natalia Milanesio, won the 2014 Thomas McGann Award from the RMCLAS. Combining theories from the anthropology of consumption, cultural studies, and gender studies with the methodologies of social, cultural and oral histories, Workers Go Shopping in Argentina shows the exceptional cultural and social visibility of low-income consumers in postwar Argentina along with their unprecedented economic and political influence. Milanesio is assistant professor of history at the University of Houston.

The Thomas McGann Award was originally given to the outstanding presentation at the annual RMCLAS meeting. It is currently awarded to the outstanding book published by a member of the association in the previous calendar year. Judging is conducted by a committee of RMCLAS members.

For more information, contact Lauren Consuelo Tussing, UNM Press publicist, at or 505.277.3291.