News for Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Lekson's A History of the Ancient Southwest Wins NM Book Award
The 2010 New Mexico Book Awards were announced on Friday, November 19, 2010 at an awards banquet, which was held in Albuquerque. The purpose of the New Mexico Book Awards is to honor great books from New Mexico and the Southwest. The best of Southwestern literature is judged by a distinguished panel of scholars and librarians.
Continuing SAR Press's success at garnering awards for its publications, Stephen H. Lekson's A History of the Ancient Southwest was awarded the 2010 New Mexico Book Award for best book in Anthropology/Archaeology/Science. Released in 2009, Lekson's book challenges and reconfigures accepted notions about what happened in the ancient Southwest by telling two parallel stories, one about the development, personalities, and institutions of Southwestern archaeology and the other about interpretations of what actually happened in the ancient past. A History of the Ancient Southwest is receiving numerous kudos, including selection as one of Pima County Public Library's Southwest Books of the Year. These awards no doubt contributed to Lekson's selection for the 2011 Roy Chapman Andrews Society Distinguished Explorer Award.