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Southwest Books of Year 2015 Award Winners

The University of Arizona press was honored to have three titles selected as 2015 Southwest Books of the Year:

Chasing Arizona: One Man’s Yearlong Obsession with the Grand Canyon State
"In a boldly ambitious book, Ken Lamberton sets out to visit Arizona’s every county and Indian nation, see every state symbol, taste the state’s many ethnic foods, and see the highest peaks and deepest valleys—all in one year." —Bill Broyles

Reconnaissance in Sonora: Charles D. Poston’s 1854 Exploration of Mexico and the Gadsden Purchase
"The 1840s and ‘50s were heady times in America, with plans being made for a transcontinentalSouthwest Books of the Year 2015 cover railroad, gold discovered in California, and new territory added. Some entrepreneurs organized bands of armed men—filibusterers—who sought to carve out empires in Mexico. Charles Poston, called by some the father of Arizona, was one of these."—Bill Broyles

Ladies of the Canyons: A League of Extraordinary Women and Their Adventures in the American Southwest
"Before Santa Fe had guest ranches for the well-heeled and Taos had colonies for artists, before Georgia O’Keeffe claimed Ghost Ranch and before the Southwest became a destination for them all, four gently-bred women shrugged off the constraints of Victorian society and lit out for the broader horizons of Indian Country."—Helene Woodham

Published annually, Southwest Books of the Year is a guide to the best reading in Southwest literature, history, and culture selected by a statewide panel of librarians, scholars and writers. The full list of 2015 Southwest Books of the Year titles can be viewed here:
http://www.library.pima.gov/books/swboy/

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