New Mexico Book Association (NMBA) is the only statewide nonprofit serving all book professionals. We are passionate book people who have come together through our common interests to preserve, protect, and promote the book in all its forms. Our members include book creators, writers, editors, publishers, illustrators, librarians, booksellers, book designers, typesetters, printers, literacy advocates, agents, reviewers, and avid readers.





WINNER, Trade Book Non-Illustrated: Banged-Up Heart: Dancing with Love and Loss; Terra Nova Books, Publisher; By Shirley Melis; Scott Gerber, Designer and Illustrator, Morgan Farley and Marty Gerber, Editors.

FIRST FINALIST, Trade Book Non-Illustrated: The Girls in My Town; University of New Mexico Press; By Angela Morales; Felicia Cedillos, Designer.

WINNER, Trade Book Illustrated:  Rio: A Photographic Journey down the Old Rio Grande; University of New Mexico Press; By Melissa Savage; Felicia Cedillos, Designer.

FIRST FINALIST, Trade Book Illustrated: Garo Z. Antreasian: Reflections on Life and Art; University of New Mexico Press; By Garo Z. Antreasian;Lisa Tremaine, Designer;Elise McHugh, Editor.

WINNER, Art and Photography: Abandoned in Place: Preserving America’s Space History; University of New Mexico Press; By Roland Miller; Lila Sanchez, Designer; W. Clark Whitehorn, Editor.

FIRST FINALIST, Art and Photography: Stories from the Camera: Reflections on the Photograph; University of New Mexico Press; By Michele M. Penhall; Lisa Tremaine, Designer; John Byram, Editor.

WINNER, Scholarly and Technical: New Mexico Historical Encyclopedia; Rio Grande Books, Publisher; By Don Bullis; Paul Rhetts, Designer and Editor.

WINNER, Guidebooks, Travel and Recreation: North American Hummingbirds: An Identification Guides; University of New Mexico Press; By George C. West; Catherine Leonardo, Designer; George C. West, Illustrator; W. Clark Whitehorn, Editor.

FIRST FINALIST, Guidebooks, Travel and Recreation: Roadside New Mexico: A Guide to Historic Markers; University of New Mexico Press; By David Pike; Lisa Tremaine, Designer.

WINNER, Poetry: Death & Passion; Be Bold Books, Publisher; By Reese Taylor, with Dale Ray Welsh; David Chickey and Reese Taylor, Designers; Dale Ray Welsh, Illustrator.




Founded in 1994, NMBA has been recognized as one of the country’s most active book associations. Our many services include professional development workshops, our Libro newsletter, monthly networking luncheons, New Mexico’s Book World (a resource guide to the NM book community), a monthly online events calendar, opportunities to show and sell books at major book festivals and trade shows, and more. Please explore this site to see all that we do!

To view our current  newsletter, Libro Book News, with our current activities, click the link here:

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libro-v22n6-nov-dec        November/December 2016

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LIBRO V22N4 LIVE V    July/August 2016




WINNER, Children and Young Adult: The Cooking with Kids Cookbook; University of New Mexico Press; By Lynn Walters and Jane Stacey; Lila Sanchez, Designer, W. Clark Whitehorn, Editor.

WINNER, Children and Young Adult: Lyle Got Stuck in a Tree; Rio Grande Books, Publisher; By Ross Van Dusen; Ross Van Dusen, Illustrator; Paul Rhetts, Editor.

FIRST FINALIST, Children and Young Adult: Amazing Paper Airplanes: The Craft and Science of Flight; University of New Mexico Press; By Kyong Hwa Lee; Catherine Leonardo, Designer, W. Clark Whitehorn, Editor.

WINNER, Body, Mind and Spirit: Survivors: Celebrating Life Beyond Domestic Violence; O’Tahirah Films, LLC, Publisher; By Tahirah Ogletree; Haley Sibley, Arizona Studios, Designer

WINNER, Cover and Jacket Design; Oy, Caramba! An Anthology of Jewish Stories from Latin America; University of New Mexico Press;  Felicia Cedillos, Designer; Ilan Staven, Editor.

FIRST FINALIST, Cover and Jacket Design: The Fictions of Stephen Graham Jones: A Critical Companion;University of New Mexico Press; Felicia Cedillos, Designer; Billy J. Stratton, Editor.

DIRECTOR JIM’S CHOICE; Santa Fe on Foot: Exploring the City Different; Ocean Tree Books, Publisher; By Elaine Pinkerton; Carol Leyba, Designer; Eli Levin and Maria Espinoza, Illustrators

SPECIAL RECOGNITION: The Articulate Advocate: Persuasive Skills for Lawyers in Trials, Appeals, Arbitrations, and Motions; Crown King Books, Publisher;By Brian Johnson and Marsha Hunter; Barbara J. Richied, Designer and Illustrator, Brenda Hadenfeldt, Editor




Upcoming Events and Programs

August Networking Luncheon: Friday, August 11, 11:30, Tiny's Restaurant, Crossroads Center, St. Francis and Cerrillos. Everyone is welcome!



2016  Southwest Book Design and Production Awards

New Mexico Book Association is pleased to announce the list of winners and finalists for the 2016 Southwest Book Design and Production Awards.

2016 and 2015 SWBDA Award Winners

Here are the winning recipients of the 2016 and 2015 Southwest Book Design and Production Awards:    Read More

Click on the Publications tab to view the 2014 Winners.