Four titles published by the University of New Mexico Press recently were selected as winners of the 2020 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards.

The awards, managed by the New Mexico Book Co-op, honor the best books in New Mexico and Arizona. Results were released in late Sept. and include the following published by the UNM Press:

Sandia Mountain Hiking Guide, Revised and Expanded Edition, by Mike Coltrin, won for Sports/Recreation

Medicine Women: The Story of the First Native American Nursing School, by Jim Kristofic, won for History—Arizona

Reservation Restless, by Jim Kristofic, won for Autobiography & Memoir

Arizona State Parks: A Guide to Amazing Places in the Grand Canyon State, by Roger Naylor, won for Travel

Additionally, seven other UNM Press books were recognized as awards finalists: Same Players, Different Game: An Examination of the Commercial College Athletics Industry, by John C. Barnes; The Space-Age Presidency of John F. Kennedy: A Rare Photographic History, by John Bisney and J. L. Pickering; The Music of Her Rivers: Poems, by Renny Golden; Nación Genízara: Ethnogenesis, Place, and Identity in New Mexico, edited by Moises Gonzales and Enrique R. Lamadrid; Headed into the Wind: A Memoir, by Jack Loeffler; to cleave: poems, by Barbara Rockman; and Guide to the Plants of Arizona’s White Mountains, by George C. West with contributions by Julie Hammonds.

Winners and finalists were selected from nearly eight hundred entries submitted for awards consideration. According to the New Mexico Book Co-op, entries are “judged by booksellers, librarians, teachers, and book marketing experts.”

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