John Byram, director, University of New Mexico Press, received the New Mexico/Arizona Literary Award at the 2014 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards annual banquet held recently. The award, which recognizes New Mexico publishers and/or authors for their contributions to the New Mexico book community, is given by the non-profit New Mexico Book Co-op. Seven books published by the University of New Mexico Press also garnered awards:

Edmund G. Ross: Soldier, Senator, Abolitionist, by Richard A. Ruddy, won for Biography and Best Book (New Mexico category)

Inside the New Mexico Senate, by Dede Feldman, won for Political Book

Leaving Tinkertown, by Tanya Ward Goodman, won for Biography (New Mexico subject), First Book, and Best Book

Progress on the Subject of Immensity, by Leslie Ullman, won for Poetry Book

Sagrado: A Photopoetics Across the Chicano Homeland, by Spencer R. Herrera, Levi Romero and Robert Kaiser, won for Multicultural Subject

The Science of Soccer, by John Taylor, won for Sports/Recreation

Sunlight and Shadow, by Sue Boggio and Mare Pearl, won the Tony Hillerman Award for Best Fiction

In addition, two books distributed by the University of New Mexico Press were honored with awards:

Taos Portraits (Hondo Mesa Press), by Paul O’Connor and Bill Whaley, won for Arts Book, Best Cover Design (non-trade), and Best Book (New Mexico category)    

If There's Squash Bugs in Heaven I Ain't Staying (Museum of New Mexico Press), by Stacia Spragg-Braude, won for Biography (New Mexico subject) and Best Book

The New-Mexico Arizona Book Awards are managed by the New Mexico Book Co-op and are judged by a group of librarians, teachers and authors. According to the organization, the awards honor the best in books from authors and publishers from the southwest as well as books about New Mexico or Arizona. To view the complete list of winners, visit

UNM Press’s award-winning titles are available at bookstores or directly from the University of New Mexico Press. To order, call 800.249.7737 or visit         

For more information, or to schedule an interview with the director or authors, contact Lauren Consuelo Tussing at or 505.277.3291.