Friday, January 21, 2011

Celebrating the State

New Mexico CentennialIn honor of New Mexico's Centennial, several organizations have gotten your input about which books and authors best represent our state. The New Mexico Book Co-op, the group behind the annual New Mexico Book Awards, has compiled a list of the 100 Best New Mexico Books. The New Mexico State Library and NM Department of Cultural Affairs have selected and honored the official New Mexico Centennial Poet, Author, Children’s Author and Storyteller, in addition to a special Distinguished Writer.

If you're a native New Mexican, a proud transplant, or curious visitor, be sure to check out these books and authors to indulge in our rich and varied literary heritage.

The Centennial Authors are:

Poet: Levi Romero
Author: Don Bullis
Children’s Author: Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
Storyteller: Joe Hayes
Distinguished Writer: N. Scott Momaday

The Top Ten Best New Mexico Books are:

Bless Me, UltimaRudolfo Anaya
A Thief of TimeTony Hillerman
Ben HurLew Wallace
Death Comes for the ArchbishopWilla Cather
First Blood
David Morrell
House Made of DawnN. Scott Momaday
Lamy of Santa FePaul Horgan
Milagro Beanfield WarJohn Nichols
Red Sky at MorningRichard Bradford
The RoundersMax Evans

House Made of DawnRed Sky at MorningMilagro Beanfield WarA Thief of TimeBad News for OutlawsBless Me, Ultima

How many of the Top Ten have you read? How many of the Top 100?

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