Rio Nuevo author Margaret Booker has been named the winner of the Ralph Emerson Twitchell Award for her book, Southwest Art Defined: An Illustrated Guide. The award, presented annually by the Historical Society of New Mexico, is offered for an outstanding publication or significant contribution to the creative arts as related to New Mexico history.
The award is named for Twitchell, who was born in Ann Arbor in 1859 and then came to New Mexico as an attorney for the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad. Subsequently, he became well known as an attorney, Republican politician, and Santa Fe booster. More importantly, Twitchell also won acclaim as an author and historian, producing the monumental five-volume work, The Leading Facts of New Mexico History, and the invaluable two-volume research source, Spanish Archives of New Mexico (series I and II). In 1916, he became president of the Historical Society of New Mexico.
Awards will be presented at a banquet hosted at the Montezuma Castle on Saturday, May 3 from 6:30-8:00 pm during the 2014 New Mexico History Conference in Las Vegas, New Mexico. The banquet will be preceded by a special reception and book signing in honor of all of the award-winning authors from 5-6 pm at the Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas.
Congratulations to Margaret and to the Rio Nuevo editorial team!