Three books published by the University of New Mexico Press won 2015 Southwest Book Awards from the Border Regional Library Association. The awards, which recognize outstanding books about the Southwest, will be presented on Saturday, Feb. 27 at the Border Regional Library Association’s awards banquet.
UNM Press’ award-winning titles include: “Advocates for the Oppressed: Hispanos, Indians, Genízaros, and Their Land in New Mexico,” by Malcom Ebright, “Laguna Pueblo: A Photographic History,” by Lee Marmon and Tom Corbett, and “Mysterious New Mexico: Miracles, Magic, and Monsters in the Land of Enchantment,” by Benjamin Radford.
In “Advocates for the Oppressed: Hispanos, Indians, Genízaros, and Their Land in New Mexico,” Ebright reconnects and resurrects the lost histories of Hispano and Pueblo Indian grants in New Mexico. Ebright is a historian, an attorney and the director of the Center for Land Grant Studies. He is also co-author of “Four Square Leagues: Pueblo Indian Land in New Mexico,” another UNM Press book.
“Laguna Pueblo: A Photographic History,” features more than one hundred photos by the distinguished American Indian photographer Lee Marmon, that document the history of the Laguna people. Marmon’s interest in photography grew while he was serving in the U.S. Army during World War II.
After the war, while working at his father’s trading post, he photographed the main work in this collection, portraits of Laguna elders, which is now with the University of New Mexico. Corbett is a physician who lived and practiced at Laguna Pueblo in the 1960s. He conceived the idea for this book while living among and caring for the Lagunas.
“Mysterious New Mexico: Miracles, Magic, and Monsters in the Land of Enchantment,” is the first book to apply scientific investigation methods to explain some of New Mexico’s most bizarre lore and legends. Radford, the deputy editor of the Skeptical Inquirer science magazine, is also the author of UNM Press’ “Tracking the Chupacabra: The Vampire Beast in Fact, Fiction, and Folklore,” and others. Radford is a graduate of UNM with a BA in psychology.
The awards banquet will be held at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing in Sunland Park, New Mexico. Presented since 1971, the annual Southwest Book Awards celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. To view the complete list of winners, visit Border Regional Library Association online.