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.








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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Upcoming Events and Programs



Pi Luna, Kate Rollins, Daniel Quat, Susanne Kennedy, and Sandi Wright

Tuesday, October 10, 6-8 PM

Unitarian Universalist Church, Galisteo and Barcelona, Santa Fe

To register: email admin@nmbook.org.  Leave  your name and phone number.  Fee  $20 members, $25 nonmembers, pay at the door.

Successful marketing is the key to getting your book into the hands of readers. The New Mexico Book Association has drawn together a panel of experts from different areas of marketing to share their tips and tricks. 

 Pi Luna is an artist and graphic designer. She has a masters in fine art from Goddard College.  She custom designs her books and promotional materials to give them a creative flair

Kate Rollins has been building professional websites since 2000. With a BA in Journalism/Mass Communication and an MA in Liberal Arts/Western Classics, she stands out with her ability to effectively communicate ideas and design concepts to clients, to quickly grasp their needs, and provide expert guidance. Her designs are creative, elegant, and perfectly functional. Her Social Media Marketing skills involve intuitive creativity, careful research, proper wit and  steadfast timeliness.

Daniel Quat has been a photographer all his life and a professional photographer for over 40  years. He specializes in capturing the essence of the people, places and things he photographs.

Susanne Kennedy is a Referral Marketing Expert who has been helping business owners increase their business by referral since 2008. As an introvert, she has developed skills and techniques to get the job done while still honoring who she is. She understands how to be more strategic and effective in networking, and she enjoys teaching business owners how to save time, energy and money while increasing success.

Sandi Wright has taught art for over 30 years at the high school and college levels. She is a practicing art therapist and publishes educational materials and books for children




WINNER, Trade Book Non-Illustrated

Banged-Up Heart: Dancing with Love and Loss, Terra Nova Books, Publisher, By Shirley Melis

FIRST FINALIST, Trade Book Non-Illustrated

The Girls in My Town , University of New Mexico Press, By Angela Morales

Winner, Trade Book Illustrated

Rio: A Photographic Journey down the Old Rio Grande, University of New Mexico Press, By Melissa Savage

FIRST FINALIST, Trade Book Illustrated

Garo Z. Antreasian: Reflections on Life and Art, University of New Mexico Press, By Garo Z. Antreasian 

WINNER, Art and Photography

Abandoned in Place: Preserving America’s Space History , University of New Mexico Press, By Roland Miller

FIRST FINALIST, Art and Photography

Stories from the Camera: Reflections on the Photograph University of New Mexico Press, By Michele M. Penhall

WINNER, Scholarly and Technical

New Mexico Historical Encyclopedia, Rio Grande Books, Publisher, By Don Bullis

WINNER, Guidebooks, Travel and Recreation

North American Hummingbirds: An Identification Guide, University of New Mexico Press, By George C. West

FIRST FINALIST, Guidebooks, Travel and Recreation

Roadside New Mexico: A Guide to Historic Markers, University of New Mexico Press, By David Pike

WINNER, Poetry

Death & Passion, Be Bold Books, Publisher, By Reese Taylor, with Dale Ray Welsh

WINNER, Children and Young Adult

The Cooking with Kids Cookbook, University of New Mexico Press, By Lynn Walters and Jane Stacey

WINNER, Children and Young Adult

Lyle Got Stuck in a Tree, Rio Grande Books, Publisher, By Ross Van Dusen

FIRST FINALIST, Children and Young Adult

Amazing Paper Airplanes: The Craft and Science of Flight , University of New Mexico Press , By Kyong Hwa Lee

WINNER, Body, Mind and Spirit

Survivors: Celebrating Life Beyond Domestic Violence, O’Tahirah Films, LLC, Publisher, By Tahirah Ogletree

WINNER, Cover and Jacket Design

Oy, Caramba! An Anthology of Jewish Stories from Latin America , University of New Mexico Press, Ilan Staven, Editor

FIRST FINALIST, Cover and Jacket Design

The Fictions of Stephen Graham Jones: A Critical Companion, University of New Mexico Press, Billy J. Stratton, Editor


Santa Fe on Foot: Exploring the City Different, Ocean Tree Books, Publisher, By Elaine Pinkerton


The Articulate Advocate: Persuasive Skills for Lawyers in Trials, Appeals, Arbitrations, and Motions, Crown King Books, Publisher, By Brian Johnson and Marsha Hunter



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.