Southwest Books of the Year

Southwest Books of the Yearopens a new window is our guide to all the books published during the year, both fiction and nonfiction, with a southwestern setting or subject.

The Southwest Books of the Year panel of reviewers—subject specialists and voracious consumers of Southwest literature all—are pleased to offer up their personal favorite titles of the year, complete with brief reviews to whet your appetite and leave you wanting more. Books selected by two or more panelists become Southwest Books of the Year Top Picks, our designation for the best of the best.

Their choices are published in our annual publication, Southwest Books of the Year. Pick up a copy at your local library. Amber Mathewson is Director of Pima County Public Library. Helene Woodhams coordinated the publication, assisted by Vicki Duraine. The publication was designed by Renee Bibby.

Our selections range widely, from fiction and mysteries to history, poetry, art, food, and nature writing-- all specific to our corner of the planet--and, as always, you’ll find some great books for kids. There’s something here for everyone with a hankering for a Southwest read.

Southwest Books of the Year: Best Reading 2018 is published by Pima County Public Library in partnership with the Friends of the Pima County Public Library. 2018 offers up the 42nd annual edition. The publication was begun by the Arizona Daily Star and continued by the Library in 2000.

Southwest Books of the Year is made possible by a gift 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.

Southwest Books of the Year considers titles published during the calendar year that are about Southwest subjects, or are set in the Southwest. For information about submitting a book for consideration, contact Margie Farmer,