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Southwest Books of the Year Top Authors

Southwest Books of the Year is Pima County Public Library's annual review of the best in regional literature. Some of the authors who received top honors this year discuss their approach to writing the Southwest.

Francisco Cantú

Francisco Cantú was as an agent for the United States Border Patrol from 2008 to 2012, working in the deserts of Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. A former Fulbright fellow, he is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a 2017 Whiting Award, and a 2018 Art for Justice fellowship....

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Heidi Osselaer

Independent historian Heidi J. Osselaer, PhD, teaches history at Arizona State University and is the author of "Arizona's Deadliest Gunfight" and "Winning Their Place: Arizona Women in Politics, 1883–1950....


Karen Piper

Karen Piper is the author "A Girl’s Guide to Missiles," "The Price of Thirst," "Left in the Dust" and "Cartographic Fictions." She has received the Sierra Nature Writing Award and fellowships from the Huntington, Carnegie Mellon and the National Endowment for the Humanities....

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Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

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Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
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Western National Parks Association
William & Mary Ross Foundation

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