Don’t miss the 47th edition of Southwest Books of the Year

(TUCSON, Ariz.) – With every new year comes the Library's perennially-popular Southwest Books of the Year. The 2024 edition marks the 47th year of publication. It is now available online, and at libraries and local bookstores.  

Of the books, panelist praise included such remarks as, "conveys the essential human dignity of each character," beguiling, with quiet humor that pierces through even the darkest moments," and "skillful storytelling that is at once vivid and lyrical."

Here are the Top Picks selected by the panelists, all voracious consumers of Southwest literature:

Nature & Science

Beyond the Top Picks, the publication includes many more titles in these categories and others, including cooking and food, art and photography, and children's and young adults.

About Southwest Books of the Year

Southwest Books of the Year considers titles published during the calendar year that are about Southwest subjects, or are set in the Southwest.

The Southwest Books of the Year panel of reviewers—subject specialists and voracious consumers of Southwest literature—are pleased to offer up their personal favorite titles of the year, complete with brief reviews to entice readers.

It is published in partnership and with financial support from the Friends of the Pima County Public Library and by the Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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